Columbus, Georgia, is the second largest city in the state, and the county seat of Muscogee County, with a population of 202,824, (2013 census). It is located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, and sits directly across the Chattahoochee River from Phenix City, Alabama. Columbus is a historical town, dating back to the Civil War, and is is one of the nation's leading destinations for military history. It is also home to Fort Benning, the U.S. Army Infantry School, and a major employer, and is home to Columbus State University which adds much to the city in both education and culture.
The Chattahoochee River draws thousands of recreationist to experience the town's 15-mile Riverwalk on foot or by bike. Due to the RiverWalk bike path, Columbus has been listed by the League of American Bicyclists as one of the forty most Bicycle Friendly Communities in the United States. But much more popular as a tourist destination is its new claim to fame, the world's longest urban whiter water rafting and kayaking venue, which has been ranked by USA Today as the best manmade whitewater course.
Picture of Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial District and picture of The T.Y. Whitley Clock Tower on main campus of Columbus State University courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).