Haystacks on a picturesque Ohio farm
Bright city lights on the Cleveland skyline at dusk
Berea Falls in autumn
A mix of historic and modern architecture in downtown Cincinnati
The welcome center at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Marblehead Lighthouse overlooking Lake Erie in winter
The Roebling Bridge, which connects Cincinnati to neighboring Lexington, Kentucky
The M.D. Garage, a restored 1940s gas station in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
An all-in-one vacation destination
Family-friendly events, recreation opportunities and culture for sophisticated palates are hallmarks of Ohio’s largest cities.
In Cleveland, visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium or Great Lakes Science Center before an outing to the House of Blues. In addition to a ballet company and symphony orchestra, Cincinnati offers art museums, theaters, and music and food festivals. Lively neighborhoods in Columbus include Short North with art galleries and boutiques, German Village and its Old World charm, and sports venues, bars and restaurants in the Arena District.
In Holmes County, a farming community between Cleveland and Columbus, Amish children walk to attend classes in one-room schoolhouses. The family transportation is a horse-drawn buggy. The Amish, traditional Christians who left Europe in the 1700s, number about 40,000 in eastern Ohio. Their craft stores, flea markets and restaurants dot the countryside. Learn about the religion and culture at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin.
For some classic made-in-Ohio ingenuity, tour Warther Cutlery in Dover, Columbus Washboard Co. in Logan and the KitchenAid Experience in Greenville. Head outdoors to canoe the Mohican River or visit The Wilds, a 4,000-hectare facility in Cumberland for endangered animals.
Skyline Chili created Cincinnati-style chili; it’s served atop a pile of spaghetti with optional toppings of shredded cheese, onions and beans.
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Although the 20-meter Brandywine Falls is its centerpiece, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers visitors the opportunity to spend time discovering an abundance of plants, wildlife and historical sites. Within the 13,355-hectare refuge, tour the 1830s Boston Store that was used as both a warehouse and boarding house, the 150-year-old Canal Exploration Center (formerly a tavern and blacksmith shop), and the Wilson Freed Mill that started as a grist mill in 1855. Cross over Furnace Run on the Everett Covered Bridge. Consider staying overnight in the park at the 1843 Stanford House or 1848 Inn at Brandywine Falls.View more