Ohio Travel Overview
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Ohio is a state of the triple threat "C" cities: Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Each offers a great deal of attractions and activities for any age, and they conveniently connected by I-71.
Cleveland is the northern-most of the three, sitting against Lake Erie. Famous for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it also boasts three major sports teams: the Indians (baseball), the Browns (football), and the Cavaliers (basketball). East 4th Street, conveniently located within walking distance of Progressive Field and The Quicken Loans Arena (homes to the Indians and Cavaliers, respectively), boasts a dozen restaurants and offers a range of entertainment. Just over an hour east of Cleveland is Sandusky, where Cedar Point is situated. According to their website (www.cedarpoint.com), this amusement park is home to 17 roller coasters, including the Top Thrill Dragster, which reaches speeds of 120 miles per hour. When in Sandusky, one can also visit one of many indoor water parks (Great Wolf Lodge or Castaway Bay to name a few) or Cedar Point's outdoor water park (Soak City).
Two hours south of Cleveland sits Columbus, the state's capital. This booming city is the proud home of The Ohio State University, one of the largest public universities in the nation. High Street is a must-see, as it stretches along the east side of the campus and has enough restaurants and bars to satisfy even the biggest appetite. For the shopping fanatic, Columbus offers Polaris, an incredibly sized indoor mall, and Easton, a beautifully designed outdoor mall. Both are just a few minutes by freeway outside of downtown Columbus and their surrounding areas offer a great deal of accommodations and restaurants. Other highlights of this city include the COSI Science Center and the Columbus Zoo. Experiencecolumbus.com recommends exploring the arena district, where one can take in a Blue Jackets (NHL) game and enjoy the lively surrounding area.
Furthest south, sitting on the Ohio-Kentucky border and the Ohio River, is Cincinnati. Like Cleveland, Cincinnati boasts major sports teams: the Bengals (football) and the Reds (baseball). According to the city's website, other popular attractions include the Cincinnati Zoo, the Wolff Planetarium, the Krohn Conservatory, and Fountain Square. One cannot leave the city without visiting Skyline Chili, a chain based out of Cincinnati that has become a symbol of the area. And for the shopaholic, locals (as reported by City Beat) recommend a stop on Hamilton Avenue in Northside.
For the adventurous traveler interested in steering off the beaten path (specifically, I-71), Ohio offers 74 state parks according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Some of the most popular include Kelley's Island in Lake Erie, Maumee Bay (a full resort), Mohican, and Hocking Hills. Each offers a different experience, from golf to camping to canoeing, but all share beautiful scenery and the peace of nature.
Ohio truly offers a little bit of everything, from country roads to bustling cities to green forests; the "heart of it all" awaits your visit!
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