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Columbus, Mississippi, Wins USA TODAY's 10 Best Travel Award Contest

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Columbus, Mississippi has been voted Number 6 in the Best Small Town Cultural Scene category of USA TODAY’s latest 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest!

“Visit Columbus is honored to win a coveted spot on this list, and is grateful for the many voters who helped our city win this distinguished award” said Nancy Carpenter, CEO of Visit Columbus. Columbus was one of 20 small towns nominated by an expert panel to contend in the four-week contest promoted by USA TODAY. During that time, the public had the opportunity to vote once a day for their top choice. Columbus consistently ranked among the top 10 before securing the spot at number 6 on the list. Nominees in this category all have a population less than 30,000 (as of the last census), and pack a big cultural punch—museums, art galleries, performing arts, and busy event calendars. To learn more about USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Best Small Town Cultural Scene contest, click here.

About Columbus, Mississippi

Columbus, with its rich historical heritage, is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates classic Southern architecture, food, and hospitality. Savoring the moment is what we do best here in Columbus. This is a place where slowing down is rewarded with a cold mint julep or an architectural tour of centuries-old homes. Our revitalized downtown area is alive with charming shops and Southern food hotspots. Catfish Alley harks back to an African-American hub at the turn of the 20th century, while Mississippi University for Women has been an important destination for education since 1884. And right here at the Riverwalk, we love to celebrate with special events from races to festivals to concerts. Offering 1,500+ hotel and bed and breakfast rooms, 135+ dining choices, 650+ historic places, and three National Register Historic Districts, Columbus truly is the city that has it all. For more information contact Visit Columbus, 117 Third Street South, by calling 800-920-3533 or 662-329-1191, or visit their website at to learn more.

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