Time-travel back to the antebellum South when you stay in our Columbus hotels, where paddle-wheelers once unloaded cotton bales along the banks of the Chattahoochee River and Southern belles in hoop skirts courted under magnolias and oak trees.
This historic river city is packed with relics from the Civil War. When you stay at our hotels in Columbus, Georgia, you’ll be close to the Civil War ironworks in Heritage Park where Confederate cannons were forged. History buffs will flock to the brand-new 40,000-square-foot National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. On display are the bones of the Confederate ironclad CSS Jackson, which rested on the bottom of the Chattahoochee River for nearly a century. Columbus is more than an old Confederate stronghold; it’s also the town where Coca-Cola was invented by pharmacist John Pemberton in the late 1800s. Visit Pemberton’s grave at Linwood Cemetery and silently commiserate over the fact that he sold the formula for a paltry $1,750. Kitschy collectibles are on display at the Lunchbox Museum, where the walls are crammed with rusty metal lunchboxes from the early days of television (“Flying Nun” lunchbox, anyone?) and more.
When you stay at one of our Columbus hotels, you’ll discover the city’s lively Uptown restaurant and nightlife scene. Have a Southern-style mint julep and dine on Georgia-style barbecued pork and Brunswick stew, a hearty gumbo of chicken, pork, and summer vegetables. Then stroll Broadway Street’s Sculpture Walk past a lineup of whimsical kid-pleasing sculptures of children at play, reading books, or tasting raindrops.
Book a stay at our Holiday Inn® Columbus hotels in Georgia, a riverfront city where the past is a tangible part of the present.