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CincinnatiUnited States of America

This German-influenced city is known for its charming old neighborhoods, baseball, “five-way” chili and beer festivals.

Cincinnati gets its charm from old, hilly neighborhoods, cheering sports fans and a German heritage. This is where brother-in-laws Procter and Gamble started making soap over 175 years ago, and where America’s first professional baseball team was formed. TV personality Jerry Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnati.

The city celebrates its German roots with beer festivals and sausage-inspired cuisine. Order a locally brewed beer with Goetta sausage, or try the signature “five-way” chili. This dish usually consists of layers of chili, kidney beans, onions, spaghetti and cheese, and can be seasoned with chocolate and cinnamon.

Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and now has about 300,000 residents. More than two million people live in the wider metropolitan area. Navigate downtown as part of a guided walking tour or take a horse-drawn carriage. Rent a Segway or pedal wagon for a fun afternoon. Exploring Cincinnati is also easy by car and public transport.

Seven hills make up the city’s historical neighborhoods. Orient yourself from the observation deck of downtown Carew Tower. From there, you can see the city skyline or gaze across the Ohio River to Kentucky on the other side.

Over-the-Rhine is a charming and culture-filled neighborhood just north of downtown. Wander through its streets featuring beautiful 19th-century architecture to find attractions like the majestic Music Hall and lively Findlay Market.

Head northeast to Eden Park for the Cincinnati Art Museum and Krohn Conservatory.

West of downtown, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a popular entertainment complex with five museums and a cinema. See a moon rock collected by Neil Armstrong at the Natural History and Science Museum. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum caters to families with young children.

The landscapes of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum reflect the seasons with ever-changing gardens.

At night head to Mount Adams, a hillside neighborhood packed with bars and clubs. Many of these venues offer impressive views of the city skyline. Find a seat, order a local brew and toast to your Cincinnati experience.

Where to stay in Cincinnati

Fountain Square

Downtown Cincinnati

4/5Very Good!(1,452 area reviews)

Downtown Cincinnati is a destination visitors seek out for is ample dining options, fascinating museums, and great live music. You might also want to check out attractions like Paul Brown Stadium or Great American Ball Park while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Downtown Cincinnati
Washington Park

Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Jack Cincinnati Casino and Cincinnati Music Hall.

Over-the-Rhine
Krohn Conservatory which includes a park and fall colors

Mount Adams

4/5Very Good!(36 area reviews)

Mount Adams is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cincinnati Art Museum and Eden Park.

Mount Adams
Cincinnati skyline at night

Licking Riverside

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

The restaurants and live music are just a few features travelers like about Licking Riverside. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Newport Aquarium and Great American Ball Park are a few top places to visit.

Licking Riverside
Hidden gem in Clifton, Cincinnati

Clifton

3/5(26 area reviews)

While Clifton isn't home to many top sights, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and American Sign Museum are some notable places to visit nearby.

Clifton
Blackened Alaskan Salmon w/Roasted Asparagus and Lyonnaise Potato's

Oakley

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Oakley might not have many top sights, but Rookwood Commons and Cincinnati Observatory Center are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Oakley

Top Hotels in Cincinnati

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
3.5 out of 5
668 W 5th St, Covington, KY
The price is $105 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Covington, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of MainStrasse Village, Paul Brown Stadium, and Great American Ball Park. Newport Aquarium ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,438 reviews)

"We love the size of the room and the view. And it is surrounded by great restaurants and bars"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
The Westin Cincinnati
The Westin Cincinnati
4 out of 5
21 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $95 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fountain Square and Great American Ball Park. U.S. Bank Arena and Paul Brown Stadium ...

4.2/5Excellent! (935 reviews)

"The location was great, really nice city view and the staff was friendly and accommodating"…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

The Westin Cincinnati
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
4 out of 5
35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $98 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carew Tower and Fountain Square. Great American Ball Park and Duke Energy Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (950 reviews)

"The view was SPECTACULAR! Our room view looked out at Cincinnati, & our view by the elevator looked out at Kentucky."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Cincinnati

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
3 out of 5
11401 Reed Hartman Hwy, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $89 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Summit Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Sharon Woods Park. Kenwood Towne Centre and Kings ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (485 reviews)

"2 bed rooms, fully stocked kitchen and 2 bathrooms- perfect for a family of 4"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
3 out of 5
11689 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $89 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sharonville Convention Center and UC Health Primary Care. Tri-County Mall and Van Cleve Park ...

4.2/5Excellent! (590 reviews)

"Nice refreshing stay after terrible stay at Sonesta in ATL"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
The Guild Downtown | Current
The Guild Downtown | Current
3.5 out of 5
120 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $109 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this apartment building is steps from Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and Great American Ball Park. Paul Brown Stadium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (352 reviews)

"We liked the location being close to the river and restaurants. It was also great to have a full kitchen while traveling during the pandemic. Because it's right in an entertainment district it was kind of loud on the weekend nights, with music and crowd noises coming from the bar below our unit. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

The Guild Downtown | Current
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s riverfront district is the focus for most visitors to the city, and it is easy to explore on foot. A car will give you extra freedom and let you travel further afield, but it’s not necessary within the central area of the city itself. Get around Downtown on the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar and see the rest of the city by bus. Taxis and bike rentals are also readily available. Visit the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority website.Browse Cincinnati rental cars.

Best time to visit

From spring through fall, Cincinnati is a great place to be. Each month has its pros and cons. September and May are particularly busy due to festivals and events and pleasant weather. Summer does get extremely hot and humid, but open-air cultural events and a range of events centered on the river make this a good time to see the city nonetheless. Winter gets very cold.

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Reviews of Cincinnati

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Very close to Eden Park beautiful location

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

We gad a very good weekend. Thanks Maria L.G.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

I leave in Cincinnati, we just came there for a staycation.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

I live here just wanted to be away from my apartment for the weekend.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

Always working on the roads

3/5 - Okay

MB

May 1, 2020

Customer service was great very good

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