12 Best Places to Visit in Ohio

1 Cleveland

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Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland has developed into a popular tourist destination with professional sports teams and many cultural attractions, not the least of which is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The city also has some unique areas to explore, including the Historic Gateway District, which has seen ongoing restoration, and the Historic Warehouse District showcasing some of the city's interesting old architecture.

2 Cincinnati

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Cincinnati is one of Ohio's largest cities and home to a number of important cultural institutions and interesting sites. In the summer Fountain Square becomes an outdoor gathering point for locals and visitors. Year round attractions include the numerous museums and galleries, and the lovely gardens of the Krohn Conservatory.

3 Columbus

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As the state capitol, Columbus contains some of Ohio's most important institutions and buildings, including the statehouse. The Center of Science and Industry is one of the city's most prominent attractions, but perhaps the most interesting and unique site is the Topiary Garden. In the surrounding area are numerous Prehistoric Indian Mounds.

4 Dayton

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Dayton is an important city in the history of flight. It was home of the Wright brothers today it hosts the impressive Air Force Museum and the Aviation Heritage Park. This is the oldest and largest museum of military aviation, with over 200 aircraft and missiles including a Wright Flyer and the Apollo 15 spacecraft. Near here is a monument to the Wright brothers. In Carillon Historic Park are reproductions of the Wright brothers' bicycle factory, one of their aircraft, and the covered wagons and log cabins of the early settlers. In the Old Courthouse in Dayton are numerous relics and documents on the Wright brothers.

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5 Toledo

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Toledo has numerous attractions worth exploring. Some of the highlights include the African Safari Wildlife Park, the Butterfly House, the historic West End with old Victorian homes, the Merry-Go-Round Museum, and the Toledo Museum of Art. Of particular note is the splendid Toledo Zoo. Although it opened in the early 1900s the zoo has expanded significantly over the years and now houses an incredible collection of animals, from native species to white tigers.

If you are visiting during the spring or summer the Toledo Botanical Garden offers a lovely display of flowers and color.

6 Sandusky

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The summer resort destination of Sandusky extends for some 6 miles along the shores of Lake Erie, with a wide range of leisure facilities on its Kelleys Island beaches. Cedar Point is a large amusement park near the town which draws a family crowd during the summer months. Offshore is Kelleys Island, on which the Kelley family reared fish in the early 19th c. On Inscription Rock are old Indian rock drawings. Further west lies Port Clinton, another popular vacation center.

7 Canton

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Canton, located in the heart of Amish country, has a number of attractions worth visiting for travelers who choose to stop. One of the key highlights is the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, complete with a science center and a planetarium. Canton is also home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the First Ladies' National Historic Site, and the McKinley Monument. The downtown area also has many unique shops and restaurants to pass the time.

8 Put-in-Bay

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The small town of Put-in-Bay has only a small number of regular residents, but in the summer the number swells to three times its normal size. The town is located on South Bass Island and features many wonderful old restored homes along with restaurants, and retail shops. Located nearby is the National Monument of Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial honoring those who fought on Lake Erie in 1812 and also to celebrate the spirit of peace between Canada, Britain and the United States. An observation tower offers fantastic views over Lake Erie Islands. The Put-in-Bay Transportation Co offers tours of the Put-in-Bay area with its Put-in-Bay Tour Train in trolley style trains.

9 Newark

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Newark is home to numerous cultural, historical, and natural treasures. Visitors flock to the area during the summer for the golfing and fishing, and to explore the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Other attractions include the the historic Buckingham Meeting House, the National Heisey Glass Museum, the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, and the Downtown National Historic Register District.

10 Oberlin

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Oberlin, home to Oberlin College, is a pleasant community with a history stretching back to 1833. The historic downtown area is today home to numerous shops and restaurants. Explore the town on foot or by bike on the extensive bike trails that run through the town. For an architectural treat see the Frank Lloyd Wright House, operated by the Oberlin College.

11 Akron

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Akron, 35 miles south of Cleveland, is the "rubber capital of the world". Located here are the headquarters of Goodyear, Bridgestone and Uniroyal. One of the town's most impressive sites is the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, the home of which was built by FA Seiberling, the founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. It is open to the public for tours. Akron also has numerous museums and historical sites as well as a large zoological park.

12 Warren

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Warren is a small city with a surprising number of things to see and do. At the top of the list are the National Packard Museum, the John Stark Edwards House and Museum, the Sutliff Museum, and the Trumbull Art Gallery. The Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial is also worth a visit. The city hosts a number of events throughout the year, particularly in summer. To find out about what is happening stop by the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau.

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