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Civil War history intersects with modern sophistication in a charming town on the banks of the Chattahoochee

For your next trip, consider visiting a place bursting with southern charm, culture, heritage and adventure. This place would need to have museums, Civil War history and possibly even whitewater rafting. Plan on motoring to the heart of the Deep South, where Columbus, Georgia, awaits.

Civil War History
Southern charm will welcome you when you arrive on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Columbus sits right on the border with Alabama and is home of U.S. Army Post, Fort Benning. Although Fort Benning is one of the Army's premier posts, it's not the first to be built at Columbus.

Columbus has always been home to military activity. In the years leading up to the Civil War, Columbus emerged as a significant industrial center and eventually supplied the Confederate Army with uniforms, swords and engines for Confederate warships. The Confederate Ironclad, C.S.S. Jackson, was manufactured in Columbus and destroyed there as well late in the war on April 16, 1865.

Today things aren't nearly as tense between the north and the south, but the folks who run the National Civil War Naval Museum are still proud of their military heritage. Here, you can learn about the Battle of Columbus and the sinking of the ironclad. Visitors can see what remains of the Jackson as well as another southern defender, the C.S.S. Chattahoochee. You can also see some of the original iron plating from the U.S.S. Monitor and a flag from the Southern warship the C.S.S. Arkansas.

Whitewater Rafting
Are you an adventurous type? Try you hand at Whitewater Rafting on the Chattahoochee. Next to the city's River Walk, you'll find the longest urban whitewater course in the world. Rapids greet you on two courses and will give you the ride of your life.

Fishing
If your idea of getting your feet wet in the river involves bait and tackle, you can do that at Columbus, too. From Lake Oliver to the Chattahoochee River, you'll find bass, crappie and some of the biggest catfish in Georgia.

For More Information:
Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau
800-999-1613
www.visitcolumbusga.com

Georgia Department of
Economic Development
800-VISIT-GA
www.exploregeorgia.org