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Ohio is situated just below Lake Eerie between Indiana and Pennsylvania. While sometimes overshadowed by other midwestern states, Ohio has a lot going for it and is well worth a visit. Below are just 7 reasons to add the Buckeye State to your bucket list!
Cincinnati and Cleveland are Ohio’s two most popular tourist cities. Cincinnati is known for its romantic 19th Century architecture including memorials such as Fountain Square. It is a great destination for a couple’s getaway – check out these quirky date ideas in Cincinnati. Cleveland meanwhile sports a mix of modern and historic architecture. The city looks out onto Lake Eerie and there are some beautiful lakeside walks to be had here.
There are many renowned museums in Ohio that are worth visiting. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland is a must for music lovers – here you’ll find seven floors of rock memorabilia. The National Museum of the US Airforce meanwhile contains many notable aircraft exhibits including the first ever airplane invented by the Wright Brothers and several airplanes used by previous presidents. Other museums in Ohio worth visiting include Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Toledo Museum of Art.
There are many beautiful botanical gardens located across Ohio. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens features a diverse range of plant species, some of which are housed in large historic greenhouses. Meanwhile, Stan Hywet Hall in Akron is the sixth largest historic home in the US and features some equally stunning gardens covering 70 acres.
There are lots of cool caves to explore across Ohio. Hocking Hills State Park is home to some of the most impressive caverns including Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave – these vast caves feature beautiful waterfalls and have a truly magical feel about them. You can book guided tours of these caves. There are lots of campsites and caravan parks nearby to explore the caves from and go hiking.
Love roller-coasters? Cedar Point features a whopping 17 world-class roller-coasters and attracts adrenaline junkies from around the world. This amusement park was opened in 1890 making it the second oldest amusement park in the US that is still operational. The park isn’t just scary rides and there are many leisurely rides here suitable for families.
Ohio has a lot of well-preserved history – and a lot of ghost stories to come with it. Ohio State Reformatory is well known for being haunted and you can arrange night tours (these are well worth booking around Halloween). Spring Grove cemetery is meanwhile the second largest cemetery in the US and is also known to have a few sightings.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll also love Ohio. From the historic food stalls of Clevelands’ West Side Market to the chilli restaurants of Cincinnati, there are lots of unique places to grab a bite to eat. Be sure to pick up some Buckeyes while in the Buckeye State – these chocolate peanut butter fudge balls are the signature snack of the state. Ohio also has no shortage of breweries if you love your beer.