Best 10 Places To Visit In Ohio, USA - Updated 2021

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Ohio is a state of plentiful contrasts. The state has an abundance of farmlands, is USA’s largest agricultural producer, is steeped in rich history, and its horse-drawn buggies are a common feature of the Amish areas. And, then there are some of the country’s most urban and industrial areas in Ohio. Picturesque sceneries, professional sports, and several authentic experiences – the state is all rolled into one. Here, we’ve covered those that’ll give you a sneak peek into what this state has to offer, making them the best places to visit in Ohio, USA. Include them in your itinerary and you’ll have yourself the makings of a fabulous getaway.

1. Cleveland

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Easily among the most chill places in Ohio, Cleveland has plenty of unique experiences to offer. It is the state’s metropolitan hub, attracting tourists to its major arts scene, stunning architecture, and the banks of Lake Erie, which offer the utmost relaxation and plentiful fun. While here, a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is unmissable. The structure is the brainchild of famed architect I.M. Pei and instantly reminds one of the Parisian Louvre pyramid, only that it documents the history of rock music, artists, and the industry altogether and not world-famous art. A trip to the West Side Market can be quite a fun experience as well. Otherwise, a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Cleveland Museum of Art or shows at the Playhouse Square and Severance Hall are some of the other interesting activities you can engage in.

2. Sandusky

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Perched along the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky is an adrenaline junkie and serious chiller’s paradise. The city has beaches, plenty of water sports opportunities, and excellent fishing in the lake itself. Else, a wealth of history to soak in. For those who prefer keeping up the tempo – among Sandusky’s most famed attractions is Cedar Point Amusement Park, which easily qualifies as Midwest’s most famous amusement park and has some of the most thrilling roller coasters and joy rides that you can hitch and make it a day of sheer fun.

3. Dayton

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Dayton is probably most famous as being the town that the Wright Brothers – pioneers of the first successful airplane – called home. And, arguably, it is an aviation enthusiast’s dream-come-true destination. Head up to the Wright Cycle Company Complex, which served as the Wright brothers’ bicycle repair shop and the very place where their discovery took off from and the rest, as they say, is history. Apart from this, Dayton is also home to the National Museum of the US Air Force and the Aviation Hall of Fame and the Aviation National History Park, both of which make for insightful outings. Otherwise, there are also plenty of art galleries, parks, and other historic centers that you can check out as well, such as the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Riverscape Metropark, or the Oregon Historic District.

4. Cincinnati

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Cincinnati is lively, bubbly, and thoroughly spirited. Just like the city is geographically split by the Ohio River, its population is split in thought! With half its population leaning towards feeling part of Southern USA and the other half towards the North, the city is a pleasing mix of contrasts and offers experiences that attract all kinds of travelers. Art lovers will enjoy the city’s many museums and a superb performing arts scene, while kids will find tons of fun at the many park systems. Else, stunning views of Cincinnati’s skyline from the Cincinnati Observatory Center or the Carew Tower Observation Deck impress everyone alike.

5. Canton

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Vibrant music and art scene, a rich cultural heritage, and a loaded historical significance are only a few of Canton’s highlights. Plus, a major football legacy. The town is perhaps best known for its Pro Football Hall of Fame, which you absolutely must visit. The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum and the McKinley Monument are also well worth a visit. Canton also boasts a unique Feline Historical Society museum, which cat parents/lovers will most definitely love. The city dons many hats and these are only a few of the many, many fantastic places to visit and things to do.

6. Columbus

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Columbus is Ohio state’s capital and there was no way this list would’ve been complete without its mention. A melting pot of people, cultures, and attractions, Columbus has tons to offer. Right from walking tours on its tree-lined, cobblestoned streets dotted with many beautiful restored buildings to plenty of local cafes, the experience of exploring the city is quite like none other. It is also home to the Ohio State University, which gives the city a youthful and vibrant vibe. You can tour the majestic Ohio Statehouse and admire its sumptuous architecture or learn about the town’s history at the Ohio History Center. There will never be a dull moment here. And then there’s the intriguing Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which is an interesting place to visit for kids and adults alike.

7. Dublin

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Dublin, in Ohio, exudes all the Irish-ness that you’ll find in the USA. And it’s most evident during the annual Dublin Irish Festival, which hosts several activities that you’d otherwise perhaps only find in Ireland. Right from Irish music to authentic Irish foods, there’s all the song and dance! Think crispy yet tender fish ‘n’ chips – YUM! It takes place during the first weekend of August, so try attending if you’re in town. Then there are also the many art galleries that you can check out; the Field of Corn is one such stunning installation. Dublin is a charming little town, perched in the suburbs of Columbus, and has quite the old-worldly vibe that captures the hearts of everyone who visits.

8. Toledo

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Toledo should definitely find itself a place on the itinerary of a water baby or an art enthusiast. Boasting a large port and waterfront of Lake Erie, Toledo is great for water activities, such as sailing and fishing. Plus, several artistic buildings and art galleries make Toledo’s a vibrant cultural scene. Visit the Toledo Museum of Art and you’ll know just what we’re talking about. Else, stroll down the Old West End, which is the city’s historic district, making for an equally rewarding outing.

9. Mansfield

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Mansfield is modest yet a bundle of attractions. The city has a plethora of stately homes, lavish gardens, historic gardens and houses, and rich museums that you can spend your days exploring. The Kingwood Center Gardens, Richland Carousel Park, and Ohio State (Mansfield) Reformatory are among the many, many amazing places that’ll be worth your while. Or, catching a live performance at Mansfield’s most successful community theatre, Mansfield Playhouse, might be just as enjoyable.

10. Akron

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Travel about 50km (30 miles) south of Cleveland and you’ll find Akron, touted to be the “Rubber Capital of the World”. It is the city’s historical ties to a thriving rubber and tire manufacturing industry that landed it this label, which has carried through to date. Although, that’s not Akron’s only calling. There are restored buildings, manicured gardens, museums, a booming arts scene, and a ton of historical sights to explore – the Stan Hywet Hall and its gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is perhaps the most famous among them. Otherwise, head to Akron’s Arts District, home to myriad galleries, clubs, and cafes, where you can easily spend an entire day (maybe even more).

Something for everyone

Ohio has something to offer to everyone – solo travelers, family vacationers, culture vultures, history buffs, adrenaline junkies, and all else. Take out a sufficient amount of time, so that you’re able to enjoy everything. And while you’re planning, you can use our list of the best places to visit in Ohio, USA. Thank us later!

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