Ohio

United States of America
Columbus featuring a memorial, a city and a statue or sculpture

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.

Popular cities in Ohio

Columbus featuring a garden, skyline and a pond
Columbus
Known for Sports, Theaters and Live music
The capital of Ohio is known for its street food, cultural festivals and art scene. It’s also home to one of the largest state universities in the U.S.

Reasons to visit

  • Palace Theatre
  • COSI
  • Columbus Museum of Art
Cleveland showing signage and shopping
Cleveland
Known for Sports, Theaters and Entertainment
Visit Ohio’s largest city for excellent museums, an expansive network of parks, passionate sporting events and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Reasons to visit

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Known for Sports, Entertainment and Live music
This German-influenced city is known for its charming old neighborhoods, baseball, “five-way” chili and beer festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Fountain Square
  • Cincinnati Music Hall
Dayton featuring fall colors, a bridge and a lake or waterhole
Dayton
Known for Shopping, Museums and Universities
Visit the final resting place of the Wright brothers at this Midwestern destination, which offers historical attractions in a modern city setting.

Reasons to visit

  • National Museum of the United States Air Force
Toledo featuring general coastal views and a lighthouse
Toledo
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly
The Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest is also a culture-filled city with museums, sports, zoos and theaters that will entertain visitors for days.
Dayton featuring fall colors, a bridge and a lake or waterhole
Akron
Known for Sports, Football and Universities
Between seeing rare animals in the zoo and touring the museums and parks, visiting this small city in Ohio will provide days of entertainment.