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DaytonUnited States of America

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

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

Downtown Dayton

4/5Very Good!(52 area reviews)

Unique features of Downtown Dayton include the theaters and bars. Make a stop by Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center or RiverScape MetroPark while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Dayton
Tumbleweed is one of the many funky bars in Dayton's historic Oregon District.  The decor is bizarre and you'll probably spot something new and entertaining every time you're there, no matter how many times that's been!  There's a small second story area which affords a great view of the stage

Oregon District

Oregon District is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Dayton Theatre Guild and Belle of Dayton Distillery.

Oregon District

Top Hotels in Dayton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $84 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Dayton Mall Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cox Arboretum and Gardens Metropark ...

4.2/5Very Good! (637 reviews)

"Nice & clean, the pool was cleaned every morning!!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Dayton - Miamisburg
Extended Stay America - Dayton - North
Extended Stay America - Dayton - North
2.5 out of 5
6688 Miller Ln, Dayton, OH
The price is $66 per night

Situated in Dayton, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Scene75 Entertainment Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and Kittyhawk ...

3.7/5Good! (575 reviews)

"I didn’t like that the lamps was not working. I like everything else about the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2020

Extended Stay America - Dayton - North
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Fairborn South, OH
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Fairborn South, OH
2.5 out of 5
3971 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Beavercreek, OH
The price is $79 per night

Located in the heart of Beavercreek, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wright State University, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and WSU ...

4.4/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"Nice and clean, good breakfast options. No hot chocolate"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Fairborn South, OH

Popular places to visit in Dayton

National Museum of the United States Air Force
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National Museum of the United States Air Force

5/5(305 reviews)

From a replica of the Wright brothers’ original plane to high-tech stealth bombers, there are hundreds of unique aircraft to explore at this museum in Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton Convention Center
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Dayton Convention Center

4/5(46 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Dayton Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Dayton. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Old Clifton Mill
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Old Clifton Mill

4/5(65 reviews)

Find out about the history of Clifton when you take a trip to Old Clifton Mill. While you're in the area, wander around the college campus.

Top things to do in Dayton

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio

80% of travellers recommend
$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ohio
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ohio

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Ohio
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Ohio

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Ohio
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Ohio

$10
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Ohio
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Ohio

$10
Per adult
Dayton Scavenger Hunt: Dayton's Soaring Heights
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Dayton Scavenger Hunt: Dayton's Soaring Heights

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Dayton

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
195
5 - Excellent 21.35815991237678%
4 - Good
447
4 - Good 48.95947426067908%
3 - Okay
233
3 - Okay 25.52026286966046%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 3.0668127053669223%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.095290251916758%

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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