Ohio

Ohio has a little bit of everything if you know where to look. The shores of Lake Erie tell the tale of rustbelt revival, and the breezes blowing on the Ohio River still whisper of the gilded age of riverboats.

Ohio is within 500 miles of 50% of the population, with something for everybody willing to make the drive. You’ll find castles and coasters, water and wine, and enough football and foliage to fill the fall.

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English

Currency

US Dollar

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Summer Winter
Cleveland 81 22
Columbus 84 22
Cincinnati 86 24
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Fun Facts

  • Cincinnati has America’s Largest abandoned subway system that never operated
  • Ohio is known as the Rubber Capital of the World
  • Ohio is the birthplace of American wine and supplied 1/3 of the nation’s wine in 1860
  • Columbus is within 500 miles of 48 percent of the U.S. population
  • John F. Kennedy was the last U.S. President to be elected without winning Ohio in 1960
  • Oberlin College became the first college in the U.S. to admit women in 1833 and African-Americans in 1835 and the last Ohio school to beat Ohio State in football back in 1921
  • Ohio is the birthplace of aviation and the home of Hanger 18, where all alien technology is allegedly stored
  • A man from Niles Ohio, Harry M. Stevens, invented the hot dog, baseball scorecard, and drinking straw (but you have to go to Toledo to get your buns signed)

Bucket-List Activities

  • Climb the nation’s first urban Via Ferrata
  • Bike the 326-mile-long Ohio-to-Erie Trail
  • Escape from Blood Prison, not just for Shawshank fans!
  • Red, White, and Boom – the Midwest’s largest firework show
  • Go Glamping in the Wilds – America’s largest wildlife conservation center
  • See Holmes County – the second-largest Amish county in the world

Natural Wonders

  • Hocking Hills State Park (Logan) – Ohio’s hill country and home to Old Man’s Cave
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Cleveland) – Including the 60′ tall Brandywine Falls
  • Lake Erie – 312 miles of shoreline in Ohio
  • Serpent Mound State Memorial (Peebles) – The World’s largest effigy mound
  • Kelley’s Island Glacial Grooves (Kelley’s Island) – Remnants of the Ice Age
  • Oak Openings Preserve (Swanton)- home to America’s only public treehouse village
  • Clifton Gorge (Clifton)- A rare limestone and dolomite gorge

Major Attractions

  • Columbus Zoo (Columbus) – A trendy alternative to San Diego for America’s best zoo
  • COSI (Columbus) – voted best Science Museum 4 years in a row by 10Best
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland)
  • Kings Island / Cedar Point (Cincinnati / Sandusky)- Considered the best “coast parks” in America
  • National Museum of the United States Airforce (Wright Patterson) – Largest military aviation museum in America
  • Christmas Story House (Cleveland) – But can you get a leg lamp?
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton) –  On November 12, 1892, the Allegheny Athletic Association football team defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in the first professional football game
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Columbus) – The world’s largest collection of Chihuly Glass in a botanical garden

Native Foods

  • Jeni’s Ice Cream – Another reason to go to the North Market
  • Columbus Style Pizza – thin crust pizza cut into party squares
  • Mango – green peppers on a pizza
  • White Castles / Wendy’s – Columbus-born fast food burgers
  • Cincinnati Style Chili – A little dark chocolate and a lot of cheddar cheese over spaghetti noodles.
  • Buckeyes – The best faux food in football that happens to be made of chocolate and peanut butter

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • OH (I0) – A call and answer for any Saturday in the fall
  • Who Dey – A call for beer (Hudepohl Brewing) in Riverfront Stadium that has turned into a rhetorical question
  • THE – When your legal department is good enough to trademark the most common word in English. As in ‘The’ Ohio State
  • Pop – The correct name for a carbonated beverage
  • The Three C’s – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati
  • Cleveland / Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE ✈✈✈✈) – Not the capital but definitely the largest airport
  • Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG ✈✈✈✈) – It would be the largest airport if it were actually in Ohio
  • Columbus / John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CHM ✈✈✈✈) – The capital and nearly the geometric center of the state
  • Dayton / James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY ✈✈✈) – Fly to the birthplace of flight
  • Akron-Canton / Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK ✈✈) – It’s like Cleveland light
  • Columbus / Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK✈✈) – The Allegiant gateway to C-bus
  • Toledo / Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport (TOL ✈✈) – When you’re willing to pay extra not to fly to Detroit
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