Travel Guide
Schiller Park showing a pond, a fountain and a park
Three engaging and lively cities dominate most agendas when visiting Ohio, but the Buckeye State also offers scenic natural escapes and family activities.

Ohio is a dream destination for anyone seeking a city break. The state’s three major cities host a plethora of museums, galleries and arts venues to keep you entertained. Look outside of these exhilarating metropolises, however, to find vast Amish communities, inviting lake beaches and beautiful state parks.

Multiple American Indian peoples lived in Ohio before Europeans arrived. Visit sites such as the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and Serpent Mound to learn about the first inhabitants of the state.

Move into the future in the thriving city of Columbus. Mingle with politicians in the State Capitol or relax in the serene Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Marvel at America’s technological progress in the Center of Science and Industry and stroll around the historic district of German Village.

Cincinnati is an equally appealing city for all ages. Spend days exploring the different museums in the Cincinnati Museum Center, which covers topics such as children, nature and local history. Admire the architecture of Cincinnati in elegant Fountain Square and enjoy a performance at the spectacular Music Hall.

Cleveland, on the banks of Lake Erie, offers the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a tribute to music in a stunning building designed by I.M. Pei. Take your family to the Museum of Natural History and the Great Lakes Science Center.

While visiting Lake Erie, relax on one of the many scenic beaches, such as Walnut Beach and East Harbor State Park. Plunge down some of the best roller coasters in the country at Cedar Point, a theme park located on a lake peninsula.

For scenic escapes, hike through Cuyahoga Valley National Park or Hocking Hills State Park. Visit in fall to see Ohio’s scenery in stunning colors.

Columbus International Airport sits in the center of the state, making it a useful point of access to the rest of Ohio. Fall and spring are the best seasons for experiencing outdoor activities in Ohio on the banks of Lake Erie. Explore the cities with fewer tourists in the cold and cozy winter months.

Where to stay in Ohio

Terminal Tower which includes railway items and heritage architecture

Downtown Cleveland

4.5/5(2,315 area reviews)

Diverse architecture and subdistricts define this central business area, offering various dining, retail, and entertainment options. Explore Playhouse Square, Public Square, and North Coast Harbor's attractions, with convenient access via the HealthLine and Waterfront Line Rapid stations.

Downtown Cleveland
Fountain Square

Downtown Cincinnati

4/5(1,452 area reviews)

Discover historic architecture and districts in the heart of the city, with museums like the Contemporary Arts Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Enjoy waterfront dining at The Banks, and take in the views from Carew Tower's observation deck.

Downtown Cincinnati
Santa Maria showing a bay or harbor and heritage elements

Downtown Columbus

4.5/5(1,219 area reviews)

Enjoy entertainment options like theaters, concerts, and the Scioto Mile's riverfront parks in this central business district with towering buildings and various educational institutions.

Downtown Columbus
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