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Dayton, OH
Travel Guide

Dayton featuring fall colors, a bridge and a lake or waterhole

Visit the final resting place of the Wright brothers at this Midwestern destination, which offers historical attractions in a modern city setting.

Dayton is one of Ohio's most culturally rich cities, famous as the source of some of the country's greatest inventions.

Carillon Historical Park offers visitors a glimpse into these technological discoveries. This living history museum has 25 buildings, each offering unique artifacts and exhibits. Relax in the park, walk through the historic structures and enjoy the sounds from the landmark carillon. Children and adults will want to see the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the planet’s first usable airplane.

Explore the history of flight at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This institution holds more than 360 planes and aviation inventions. Learn about the history of the Air Force and the evolution of stealth technology as well.

Take a self-guided or docent-led tour at the Dayton Art Institute with 27,000 artworks offering visitors a glimpse into Asian, African and American art stretching back 5,000 years.

The Oregon District is ideal for enjoying Dayton’s cultural attractions. Stroll through the picturesque historic district, which offers boutiques, eateries and galleries. Downtown Dayton is located 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to the west, where the skyline hugs the bank of the Miami River. Head here for nightlife, diverse cuisine and a range of accommodation options. Watch a show at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center; the distinctive modernist building hosts concerts year-round.

Take a scenic walk through Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, the resting place of brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. This park is one of the largest garden cemeteries in the country and is an ideal place to stroll on a sunny day.

Dayton is 70 miles (112.7 kilometers) from Columbus and under 2 hours by car from the larger cities of Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Port Columbus International Airport offers flights to most major U.S. cities.

With its distinct seasons, Dayton offers a unique experience for visitors every month of the year. Plan to visit this Ohio destination to explore a city where historical and modern attractions intersect.

Where to stay in Dayton

Marriott at the University of Dayton
Marriott at the University of Dayton
3 out of 5
1414 South Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, OH
The price is $139 per night from Jun 10 to Jun 10
Located in the heart of Dayton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carillon Historical Park, University of Dayton, and America's Packard Museum. Dayton Convention ...
4.4/5Excellent! (716 reviews)
"Great hotel"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Marriott at the University of Dayton
Courtyard by Marriott Dayton South/Mall
Courtyard by Marriott Dayton South/Mall
3 out of 5
100 Prestige Pl, Miamisburg, OH
The price is $70 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dayton Mall Shopping Center, Cox Arboretum and Gardens Metropark, and LifeCare Hospitals ...
3.9/5Very Good! (355 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Dayton South/Mall
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Dayton - Miamisburg
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Dayton - Miamisburg
3.5 out of 5
300 Prestige Pl, Miamisburg, OH
The price is $94 per night from May 30 to May 30
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dayton Mall Shopping Center, Cox Arboretum and Gardens Metropark, and LifeCare Hospitals ...
4.2/5Very Good! (779 reviews)
"Super clean property. I wanted to stay awhile longer."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Dayton - Miamisburg
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.
Marriott TownePlace Suites Dayton North
Marriott TownePlace Suites Dayton North
2.5 out of 5
3642 Maxton Road, Dayton, OH
The price is $95 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
Located in Murlin Heights, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Scene75 Entertainment Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway ...
4.3/5Excellent! (359 reviews)
"nice property, and pet friendly is the main reason"

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Marriott TownePlace Suites Dayton North
The Speakeasy Villa 1920's Inspired Luxury Home
The Speakeasy Villa 1920's Inspired Luxury Home
Dayton, OH
The price is $145 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
Situated in Dayton, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Dayton, Baujan Field, and Dayton Theatre Guild. Belle of Dayton Distillery and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Perfect stop in Ohio
"Great place for the weary traveler! Beds were comfy and all rooms were super clean. Fenced in back yard is perfect for pups!"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

The Speakeasy Villa 1920's Inspired Luxury Home
Little Blue House
Little Blue House
Dayton, OH
Located in the heart of Dayton, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of National Museum of the United States Air Force, National Aviation Hall of Fame, ...
Little Blue House
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.

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Reviews of Dayton

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
195
5 - Excellent 21.311475409836067%
4 - Good
448
4 - Good 48.96174863387978%
3 - Okay
234
3 - Okay 25.57377049180328%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 3.060109289617486%
1 - Terrible
10
1 - Terrible 1.092896174863388%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Dayton Strong!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

During a national pandemic I would think that there have better focus on cleanliness. Not at this location.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

I’m from Dayton. I visit my family and boyfriend. The city is nothing to brag about. It’s gone downhill since they closed Delphi and GM plants. That’s why I had to move.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Love my home city men

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

I lived in the City of Dayton 24 years and really support living in the city. There is so much to do in Dayton. Give Dayton a chance.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Dayton is transitioning from some horrific events as it has been impacted by a tornado on the northern part of the city and a mass shooting in the downtown area. Despite these challenges, you will find the people to be friendly and supportive.

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