From dynamic cities filled with chef-driven restaurants and hip microbreweries, to pristine national parks and off-the-grid Amish communities, Ohio offers incredible diversity. Whatever your travel style, the Buckeye State offers a genuine taste of life in the Midwest.
Things to do in Ohio
Ohio is anchored by three major cities, each with their own unique personality. In the state capital of Columbus, you can sip your way through craft beer bars in the Brewery District. The Short North Arts District features contemporary galleries housed in converted warehouses.
Set on Lake Erie, Cleveland is a patchwork of pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods. Discover the city’s musical legacy at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and enjoy a night of live entertainment in the Playhouse Square theatre district.
Cincinnati straddles the Ohio River and charms visitors with its tree-lined streets and beautiful Art Deco architecture. Don’t miss Over-the-Rhine, an eclectic neighbourhood filled with trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. Duck into historic Findlay Market to stock up on small-batch cheeses, artisan sourdough and other treats.
There are plenty of opportunities for adventure in Ohio, with Cuyahoga Valley National Park offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Hike to cascading waterfalls, clamber over moss-covered limestone boulders and spot local wildlife such as bald eagles, beavers and great blue herons.
In summer, it’s hard to resist the allure of Sandusky and the Erie Islands. Set on Lake Erie, the resorts lure sunseekers in with its sandy beaches and postcard-perfect bays. Adrenaline-seekers can make a beeline for Cedar Point Amusement Park, which is home to more than a dozen stomach-flipping roller coasters.
Like most U.S. states, Ohio is fiercely proud of its local delicacies. Devour famous for dishes like Cincinnati-style chili, cheese coneys piled with shredded cheddar and “goetta” breakfast sausages inspired by the state’s German heritage. For dessert, indulge in Buckeye candies made with peanut butter and chocolate.
Getting around Ohio
Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati are all pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. They’re also serviced by excellent public transport links. Rental cars are a convenient way to explore Ohio at your own pace. The state is also connected by long-distance coaches.