Columbus, MS

Columbus, Mississippi, a charming town filled with rich historical heritage, is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates unique architecture, delicious food, and Southern hospitality.

Experience a magical moment each day watching the golden sunset over the Tombigbee River. Its soft light dances on the water, inviting anyone strolling along the Riverwalk, beginning in downtown Columbus, to pause and savor the stunning view.

In fact, savoring the moment is a Columbus specialty. This is a place where slowing down is rewarded with a cold mint julep or an architectural tour through centuries-old homes. Our revitalized downtown area is bursting with Southern food hotspots. Catfish Alley reminisces back to an African-American hub of arts and music at the turn of the 20th century, while Mississippi University for Women has been an important pillar of outstanding education since 1884. And right here at the Riverwalk, we love to celebrate with special events from races to festivals to concerts. Nope, there’s no need to rush through Columbus—unless, of course, you’re aboard one of the supersonic jet trainers at Columbus Air Force Base, in which case, you might be moving at more than 800 miles per hour!

We invite you to explore this place we call home, to savor your own special moments, and to create new memories with us, especially during our 80th Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage March 26 – April 1, 2020. It has long been known as one of the most unique home tours in the region, complete with meticulously maintained antebellum homes. During Pilgrimage, home tours even feature some recreated activities of the 1800s. You’ll want the best view of all these sensational sites, so take a tour around town in an authentic Double Decker bus. While riding through town in a horse-drawn carriage or sipping on an iced sweet tea, you’ll quickly understand why the city is known for its Southern charm. Showcasing more than 650 historic properties within three National Register Historic Districts, the 2020 Pilgrimage embraces and celebrates all of Columbus’ history as it serves up a feast of irresistible cultural flavors.

Columbus exemplifies a vibrant story with arts, architecture, food, and historical sites you don’t want to miss. Columbus is home to more than 1,500 hotels and bed and breakfast rooms, 135 dining choices, attractions, and numerous event facilities and sports complexes.

Find everything you need to plan your getaway at VisitColumbusMS.org, and come see why Columbus truly is “The City That Has It All!”