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Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Ohio

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Ohio is a Midwestern state in USA with the city of Columbus as its capital. The state gets its name from the Ohio River and is part of the Great Lakes region.  Ohio is known for its historical landmarks, public parks and gardens, and several museums including the famed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Buckeye State — so named for its buckeye trees — has been the home state for 6 US presidents. For visiting tourists, Ohio has a wide array of attractions to choose from. There are a number of cities in Ohio which provide a good base for the neighboring attractions, or are attractions on their own. Here is a list of the top destinations in Ohio you can visit as a solo traveler or with your family.

 

  1. Akron
Akron
Akron

The city of Akron is located 35 miles south of Cleveland. It earned the nickname Rubber Capital of the World as it used to be the headquarters of Goodrich, Goodyear, Firestone and General Tire – 4 leading tire companies of the world. The city is also where Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded. Akron has several attractions for  visiting tourists. Other than its historic neighborhood, you can visit the Akron Art Museum, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, and Akron Zoo. If you are visiting in mid-July, then do not miss the National Hamburger Festival of Akron.

 

  1. Toledo
Toledo
Toledo

The city of Toledo is located in northwestern Ohio, on the westernmost tip of Lake Erie, bordering Michigan. The city’s claim to fame is its active port area, which remains a major point of business of the region. For visiting tourists, Toledo has a number of attractions like the zoo, its historic Victorian neighborhood, and museums. Food lovers will be spoiled for choice at Toledo with its numerous restaurants. In fact, the locals firmly believe that Toledo has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the US!

 

  1. Canton
Canton
Canton

The city of Canton is located in north eastern Ohio, hardly 20 miles south of Akron. Canton is best known as the birthplace US Professional Football with the founding of the Canton Bulldogs. Canton is also known for William McKinley, the 25th president of the USA. There are several memorials and a presidential library and museum dedicated to him. Major attractions in the city include the Pro Football Hall of Fame, National First Ladies’ Library, Canton Classic Car Museum, and the Cultural Center for the Arts.

 

  1. Newark
Newark
Former headquarters of the Longaberger company at Newark

The city of Newark is located in central Ohio, 33 miles east of the capital Columbus. The city has a number of heritage sites, historic architecture, and museums which can take up the good part of your weekend. The region was inhabited by the indigenous people over 2000 years ago and there are many earthworks and mounds that date back to that period. The Newark Earthworks are a US National Historic Landmark and is a must-visit attraction. Other attractions of Newark include the Blackhand George State Nature Preserve, Dillon Wildlife Area, and the National Heisey Glass Museum. Do not forget to visit 1500 East Main St, which is home to the former headquarters of the Longaberger company —  a 7-story building in the shape of their best selling basket!

 

  1. Warren
Warren
Warren

The picturesque city of Warren is located just 56 miles south east of Cleveland. Often overshadowed by its more illustrious neighbors, the city is a hidden gem of Ohio with its historic buildings and several museums and art galleries. Topping the list of attractions is undoubtedly the National Packard Museum, dedicated to the now-defunct luxury automobile company whose founder was born in Warren. Other attractions include Trumbull Art Gallery, John Stark Edwards House and Museum, Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial, and the Sutliff Museum.

 

  1. Dayton
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton is a city located in south western Ohio, about 70 miles west of the state capital Columbus. It is most famous for being home to the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, inventors of the modern-day aircraft. It is but natural that the city has several museums and memorials dedicated to their favorite sons. However, there is more to Dayton than just the Wright Brothers. Art museums, public gardens, hiking trails, and aviation museums make up the list of popular attractions of the city. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the National Museum of the United States Air Force deserve special mention as tourist attractions of this city.

 

  1. Sandusky
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Cedar Point Amusement Park

The city of Sandusky is located on the southern bank of Lake Erie, in north western Ohio. It almost halfway between the cities Cleveland and Toledo. Sandusky is a summer resort and is best known for being home to Cedar Point Amusement Park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the US. Cedar Point has a record 71 rides, including 16 roller coasters, earning it the nickname Roller Coaster Capital of the World. With over 3.6 million visitors, it is the most-visited seasonal amusement park in the country. Other than Cedar Point, you can enjoy the beach as well as a number of heritage sites in the neighboring islands. Downtown Sandusky is also very beautiful and ideal for a relaxed stroll.

 

  1. Columbus
Columbus
Columbus

Columbus is the capital and the largest city in the state of Ohio. It is located right in the heart of the state. Founded in 1812, the city has grown into a major economic, financial, and education hub of the region attracting a wide range of ethnicities. This is reflected in thewide variety of festivals, cuisines, and culture that the city is home to. For the visiting tourists, the city of Columbus offers a number of historical sites, public gardens, a major zoo, plenty of art galleries, and a vibrant night life.

 

  1. Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Cincinnati

The city of Cincinnati is located near the southwestern tip of Ohio. Founded after the Revolutionary War, many historians termed it as the first purely American city in the US. It was a dominant financial and trading hub in the mid 19th century. Stunning architecture influenced by European styles earned it the nickname Paris of the West. Although the advent of railroads took away much of its sheen, the city remained a major cultural center, thanks to the huge number of German immigrants. Visiting Cincinnati means not only having a chance to enjoy its heritage sites but also several of its man-made attractions like architectural landmarks, public gardens, and museums.

 

  1. Cleveland
Cleveland
Cleveland

Cleveland is one of the major cities and popular tourist destinations in Ohio. It is situated on the southern banks of Lake Erie at its confluence with the Cuyahoga River. The city was founded in 1796 and became a major manufacturing hub for its abundance of waterways and railroads. Cleveland remains a major manufacturing, financial, and cultural hub along the Great Lakes region even today. For the visiting tourists, Cleveland has several attractions ranging from museums, historic landmarks, public gardens, shopping centers, art galleries, and a zoo. It is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. A visit to Cleveland means an ideal urban vacation for the whole family.

Originally posted 2017-09-11 09:40:45.

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