Cities

Columbus

the state capital and regional hub of 2 million residents

Akron

the county seat of Summit County, used to be known as the Rubber Capital, and has made the transition from the world's tire manufacturing hub to its high-tech Polymers Research Center, now referred to as the Polymer Capital. It is also the home of the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Canton (Ohio)

home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Cincinnati

regional hub of 3 million residents (Cincinnati Metro and Dayton Metro), the "Queen City" is home to the Bengals and Reds. Cincinnati was the first boom town in the United States, and its Over-the-Rhine district is the largest National Historic District in the United States.

Cleveland

traditionally one of the more liberal US cities, regional hub of 3 million residents, the "Rock and Roll Capital of the World" and home to one of the five richest collections of arts and culture institutions in the US

Dayton

a mid-sized city famous for being the home of the Wright Brothers, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton International Peace Museum. Dayton can be a wonderfully charming place to visit.

Newark (Ohio)

a city with historical ties to the glass-making industry and the second-largest city in central Ohio, Newark is the home of the "Basket Building," a 4-story picnic basket-shaped building which is the corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Co.

Sandusky

home to Cedar Point Amusement Park.

Toledo (Ohio)

"The Glass City" is home to the Toledo Mud Hens Baseball team, a world-class art museum, a nationally ranked zoo, and the famous Tony Packo's Cafe.

Other destinations

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The only national park in Ohio. According to the US National Park Service, the Cuyahoga Valley is the 5th most frequently visited park in the National Park System.

Lake Erie Islands

north of Sandusky (between Cleveland and Toledo), a group of picturesque and festive islands in Lake Erie are accessible via ferry. In addition to several Ohio state parks on the islands, there is plenty to do including visiting wineries, restaurants, bars, marinas and beaches. One of the Islands, Put-In-Bay, is known as the "Key West of the North" for its party atmosphere, especially during the summer months.

North Coast Beaches

Along the southern shore of Lake Erie are a large number of public beaches. The largest natural sand beach in Ohio, Headlands Beach State Park, is east of Cleveland, in Mentor. Cleveland Lakefront State Park also includes a large beach at its Edgewater Park, just west of downtown Cleveland. Many other beaches are available throughout Northern Ohio, including Huntington Beach, Euclid Beach and Fairport Harbor. In addition, Maumee Bay State Park, near Toledo, boasts an extensive Lake Erie Beach as well as an inland beach and various resort and banquet facilities, not to mention a challenging Scottish-links style golf course.

Ohio State Parks

Ohio has many states parks, spread throughout the state. Fees vary from park to park, but all are very affordable. To the north, the parks around Lake Erie have some of the best beaches and camping areas. Many have boat launches. Inland, most are in forest areas and offer outstanding amenities to campers, picnickers, boaters and horsemen.

Ohio Prehistoric Sites

Wayne National Forest

in the Southeast portion of the state, includes the scenic Hocking Hills region and Lake Logan State Park.

Holmes County (Ohio)

halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, Holmes County is home to the world's largest population of Amish residents, along with famous attractions like Heini's Cheese, Skyview Ranch, the Amish Door and dozens of other historical Amish attractions.

Warren County (Ohio)

Warren County, Ohio is the ultimate getaway for Ohio family fun. As the home of attractions such as Kings Island, Great Wolf Lodge, the Beach Waterpark and Ozone Zipline Adventures, Warren County is truly "Ohio's Largest Playground".

Ohio to Erie Trail

325 mile trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie

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Indiana

State directly to the west, home of Indianapolis and the Indy 500.

Kentucky

State directly to the south, home of Louisville and Lexington, the Kentucky Derby, bluegrass music, and Kentucky Bourbon.

Pennsylvania

State directly to the east, home of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Known for its revolutionary war era historical sites (mainly in Philadelphia) and its steel industry.

Michigan

State to the north, home of Detroit and Mackinac Island. Has about 12,000 inland lakes, 38 deep-water ports, more miles of coastline than any state but Alaska, and more lighthouses than any other U.S. state.

Ontario

Canada's most populous province, directly across Lake Erie. Its capital, Toronto, is Canada's largest city, and it hosts the capital of Canada Ottawa.

West Virginia

State to the southeast, home of Charleston. It's often called the "Mountain State", being the only state in the USA to lie completely within a mountain range (in this case, the Appalachians).

Sights

Akron Art Museum

Contains Victorian artwork as well as modern pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The NFL's Hall of Fame is in Canton.

Cleveland Museum of Art

An incredible collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, European and American masterworks, an armor court which kids love, and an extensive Egyptian and Roman collection.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Has a great collection of African, Asian, and Islamic art. There's also a great collection by local artists. The Zagat Survey named the Cincinnati Art Museum to be the Best Art Museum in the nation-- a tie with the Chicago Art Academy and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The second oldest zoo in the United States and one of the world's most successful breeding zoos.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Retraces the history of the struggle of American slaves to escape to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. The museum also looks at slavery and genocide throughout the rest of the world. Cincinnati was picked as the home of the museum due to its strategic location on the underground railroad.

COSI Columbus

A really cool museum for adults and children is in Columbus.

Imagination Station

A former COSI in Toledo.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Large and undergoing expansion to contain even more. Next to the water park Zoombezi Bay and the Safari Golf Club, both owned by the zoo.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

The largest aviation museum in the world. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is on the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

Armstrong Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum is in Wapakoneta and is easily seen off of I-75. It is the birthplace of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. The museum boasts many space artifacts and an Astro-Theater where air and space movies and projected on the interior of a dome.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum tells the exciting stories and preserves the history of American motorcycling. The museum is also home to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling, thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.

Allen Memorial Art Museum

An art museum that punches above it's weight in a small ohio town.

Toledo Museum of Art

This free museum offers a diverse arts collection and a variety of architectural styles on campus. Also includes the Peristyle, a Greek-inspired classical performing arts venue.

Toledo Zoo

One of three Ohio zoos consistently ranked among the best in the country. Home to the famous "Hippoquarium", a collection of impressive WPA-era buildings, and an annual holiday lights display.

Kent State shootings

A memorial and visitors center at the site of the Kent State Shootings.

Wapakoneta, Ohio

city in Ohio

Cincinnati

city in Ohio, United States; county seat of Hamilton County

Zoombezi Bay

Ohio State Fair

The annual event celebrating Ohio and its history is held in Columbus.

Cleveland

city in Ohio, United States

Kings Island

Coney Island (Cincinnati, Ohio)

A small historical amusement park on the Ohio River in Cincinnati.

Cedar Point

Coney Island

peninsula and beach in New York City, New York, USA

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ohio's only national park.

Hocking Hills State Park

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Kelleys Island State Park

Van Buren State Park (Ohio)

Wayne National Forest

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is on Cleveland's Lake Erie Shore.

Dayton International Peace Museum

The Peace Museum is in Dayton and is easily accessed from I-75 Exit 53B, First St. Exit. The museum has exhibits about the world's rich, but often overlooked, history of peace and nonviolence. Member of the International Network of Museums for Peace.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Cincinnati Zoo

Center of Science and Industry

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

Riverfest Presented by Outdoor Source

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati's professional football team.

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati's Major League Baseball team in the National League. The team is also the oldest professional baseball team.

Cleveland Browns

A National Football League team in Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians

A Major League Baseball team in Cleveland in the American League.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland's NBA basketball team.

Columbus Blue Jackets

A NHL Hockey team in Columbus.

Columbus Crew SC

A Major League Soccer team in Columbus.

FC Cincinnati

A soccer team in the second-level United Soccer League in Cincinnati, notable for drawing crowds comparable to those of many MLS teams.

Ohio State University Buckeyes

Kings Island and Soak City

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Ohio

Ohio is a state in the Midwest region of the USA. The state has natural boundaries to the north (Lake Erie) and to the south (Ohio River) and is bordered by the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ohio also shares Lake Erie as a border with the Canadian province of Ontario. The terrain is generally flat in the northwestern parts due to ancient glaciers, and gradually gets hillier as one heads east and southeast toward the Allegheny and Appalachian mountain ranges. Aside from a Great Lake (Erie) and a major navigable river (Ohio), the State of Ohio offers a national park (Cuyahoga Valley), a national forest (Wayne), a number of National Wildlife Refuges, and a bundle of islands on Lake Erie.

Arriving

By train

Ohio is a bit under served by rail, however a few Amtrak routes crosses through the state. Notice however that most trains arrive at inconvenient times, often in the middle of night.

By bus

Greyhound and Megabus offer intercity bus service.

By boat

Many boaters use the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and their connection points as a travel route. There are many marinas and public boat ramps available for this purpose. Also, the Great Lakes Cruising Company and the American Canadian Caribbean Line provide cruises that include Cleveland on the itineria. There are also steamboat and cruise options connecting points along Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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