Cincinnati, OH

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Cincinnati

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

Hyatt Place Cincinnati / Sharonville Convention Center
Hyatt Place Cincinnati / Sharonville Convention Center
3 out of 5
11345 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $95 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Cincinnati, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sharonville Convention Center and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Tri-County Mall. Topgolf and Jungle Jim's International ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Nice location….clean room"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Hyatt Place Cincinnati / Sharonville Convention Center
Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
3.5 out of 5
668 W 5th St, Covington, KY
The price is $118 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in the heart of Covington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MainStrasse Village, Ohio River, and Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Ohio River ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,407 reviews)
"I would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
4 out of 5
35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $145 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this historic hotel is steps from Fountain Square, Carew Tower, and The Mercantile Library. Sterling Hotel Site and Contemporary ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,057 reviews)
"Looks like it was once a beautiful hotel that is not being kept up with. We stayed in a king suite which had 3 giant windows with amazing views of fountain square and the river and Paul brown stadium. And it was extremely spacious. But we had multiple light bulbs out, a leaky faucet, tons of dust ..."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

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.
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 4 to Nov 4
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (682 reviews)
"Clean, professional"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
3 out of 5
617 Vine Street, Suite B, Cincinnati, OH
The price is $137 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this aparthotel is steps from Aronoff Center for the Arts, Contemporary Arts Center, and Sterling Hotel Site. Fountain Square ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (534 reviews)
"Great location- nice rooms- the best friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
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 $98 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (552 reviews)
"I love this hotel. The room was nice and clean, had everything that we need and the bed was so comfortable. I will sure stay there again."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
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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