Ohio

United States of America
Columbus which includes a garden, a city and a memorial

Bordered by the Ohio River and Lake Erie, Ohio attracts visitors for its outdoor activities, cultural centers and big-city excitement. 

Ohio’s Great Lakes location made it an early center for U.S. expansion. Visit the state for a variety of active outdoor pursuits and cultural attractions.

Enjoy Toledo’s diverse attractions: the Toledo Museum of Art for culture aficionados, the National Museum of the Great Lakes for history buffs, the world-famous Toledo Mud Hens baseball team for sports fans and the Toledo Zoo for the whole family. View the city’s skyline from a Maumee River cruise boat.

Explore the seven floors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Stars from a different field are honored at Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, operating since 1963. The city’s orchestra, art museum and playhouses offer excellent cultural opportunities. Enjoy professional football, baseball or basketball or visit one of Cleveland’s many breweries and watch sports on TV over a beer.

Take kids to COSI, the Columbus center of science and industry, for hands-on explorations in ocean, energy and space fields. Ride in a space capsule, build a bridge or be a lab scientist. Tour the campus of The Ohio State University, established in 1870. The OSU Buckeyes, some of America’s best college athletes, play various sports throughout the year. Find restaurants, bars and shops surrounding the college.

Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a scenic railway ride and trails to waterfalls. Walk or bike along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail and imagine yourself in the early 1800s when mules towed canal boats, the primary commercial transportation of the day.

Cincinnati, in the southern part of the state, has great cultural attractions as well: a children’s museum, zoo, conservatory and the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball team. Enjoy the skyline along Riverwalk. Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to learn about the role Northerners played in helping slaves from southern states reach freedom.

Residents and visitors love Ohio’s festivals. Every February, Bowling Green puts on a three-day Winterfest event. Come to Marysville in August for the All Ohio Balloon Festival.

Popular cities in Ohio

Cleveland showing shopping and signage
Cleveland
Ohio’s largest city is packed with bars, restaurants, parks and gardens, and has a thriving sports and arts culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Stone Church
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Columbus showing skyline, a pond and a city
Columbus
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
  • Capitol Theatre
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
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 which includes a bridge, autumn colours and a lake or waterhole
Dayton
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
  • Dayton Art Institute
Toledo which includes general coastal views and a lighthouse
Toledo
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 which includes a bridge, autumn colours and a lake or waterhole
Akron
Between seeing rare animals in the zoo and touring the museums and parks, visiting this small city in Ohio will provide days of entertainment.