Jacksonville to Columbus, OH Road Trip Guide


Jacksonville is the most populated city in northern Florida, nestled along the Atlantic Coast. In terms of size, Jacksonville is also the largest city in the USA. The high-spirited city offers some of the best shopping, eating, and entertainment opportunities that attracts plenty of visitors all year round.

The main hub of the city is Jacksonville Landing, so don’t forget to check it out during your time driving around in the city. Some other unmissable, obligatory spots in the city include the Riverside Arts Market, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Kingsley Plantation, and a visit to at least one of the city’s islands.

Jacksonville is entirely a coastal city, and while you can head towards South Carolina along the coast of Alabama, you’ll get a chance to make your trip a lot spicier by heading north towards Ohio via West Virginia.

End your long weekend road trip in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is eminent for its world-famous university and the many parks that can be found within its borders. These parks are filled with trails, cascading waterfalls, and stunning woodlands that adorn the city from all sides.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, German Village, and Topiary Park are some places that you simply must visit when here.

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Road trip length: 3-5 days
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Point of Interest

Wormsloe Historic Site

If you only have time to visit one place in Savannah, Georgia, that place has to beWormsloe Historic Site. The entire historic district of Savannah has magnificent estates, but the Wormsloe Historic Site has both beauty and history to match that will leave you intrigued and longing to learn more.

Wormsloe is a colonial estate from 1733 and belonged to a humble carpenter, Noble Jones. He was amongst the first group of settlers in Georgia from England. Wormsloe’s site can be found under the thick shade of live oaks and Spanish moss with trails branching out from it. Several ruins can be found all along the path and right onto the edge of forests.

As you hike this trail, through dense forests enjoying the surrounding nature and historical traces of the oldest standing structures in Savannah, you’ll also get a chance to witness the majestic views of the Isle of Hope.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbank Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, is an extremely alluring and entertaining stop that allows you to enjoy zip-lining and other thrills, as well as the company of animals. The zoo is extremely popular and has received many accolades for its excellent conservation efforts as well as being a pretty spot on attraction.

Riverbank Zoo & Garden provides entertainment to the entire family, including the kids, the parents, and even the grandparents. At the Riverbank Zoo & Garden, you can look at the wildlife up close and even feed the giraffes. Some of the animals that you’ll get a chance to see include monkeys, birds, seals, lions, koalas and a whole lot of other species.

The walk-through Lorikeet Aviary will not only let you see thousands of different species of birds but will also let you hand-feed them. Additionally, you can enjoy the thrilling zip line that will fly you over the Saluda River, and then stroll through the well-maintained and blooming botanical garden.

Levine Museum of the New South

Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina, is dedicated to the post-Civil War era in the history of southern America, and all the people who have helped shape it. The term New South is referring to the place and the period of time that came after 1865 till today.

The exhibits at the museum are all very interactive and the onlookers get a chance to play checkers the old-fashioned way on an old-fashioned board, to step inside a one-room farmhouse, and can even let a pile of cottonseed slip through their fingers.

Another famous exhibit in the museum is the 8,000-square-foot “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” that carefully illustrate all the different epochs in the South and how it has changed literally from the days of plantations and cotton fields to the skyscrapers we see today.

The museum also showcases all the different cultures of the south and allows all the new visitors of the south to get a very visual crash-course of the region.

Capitol Market

Capitol Market in Charleston, West Virginia, is one of the liveliest parts of the state’s capital city. Situated along with the turn-of-the-century train station, Capitol Market is an indoor/outdoor market where you get to shop from the interesting mix of farm-fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, artisan chocolates, exotic cheeses, handcrafted coffee, and craft beer.

Furthermore, the market is the place to shop for a variety of seafood including sushi and just-carved meat from the butcher, so you can plan and prepare your own dinner at home, or on the road. Capitol Market also has several restaurants and café where you can enjoy salad, sandwich, and soup or a full-course Italian dinner.

Capitol Market is the kind of place where you never go home empty-handed. All the things bought from the market have that rich distinct taste, freshness, and aroma that only comes from handcrafted, organically grown, and handpicked products.

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park in Benton Township, Ohio, is a jewel of nature with some of the most unusual rock formations. Here, you can explore and lose yourself in the caves, cliffs, and many crevasses.

You can park your RV on the campsite and head over to one of the many short and long hiking and biking trails in the park. These trails are suitable for people of all ages and expertise.

Other recreational opportunities in the state park that will keep you occupied and thoroughly entertained include rock climbing, kayaking, rappelling, horseback riding, and ATV trails.

The highlight of the Hocking Hills State Park is the cavernous Ash cave, and you can easily walk inside it and explore this geological wonder.

Another picturesque spot in the park lies near the cascading Cedar Falls that plunge over giant rocks and offer quite a sight.


The biggest problem when visiting Columbus, Ohio isn’t deciding what to do, but deciding what to leave out as the city has so much to offer. The city is aptly named after the famous explorer Columbus and is a city that is rich in history and culture. With so many places to explore and see you will have a tough time wanting to leave this place.

We suggest starting your exploration of the city at the German Village and then shopping at the North Market. Here you will find more than 30 merchants luring you to their shops that are adorned with alluring wares.

Next visit the Ohio Statehouse, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Short North Arts District to get a real sense of the history and beauty of this city.

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