Known as the “Buckeye State” for the abundance of its native tree, Ohio is a Midwestern state with something for everyone. Whether it’s a visit to the award-winning wineries, hands-on science museums, five major league sports teams, or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, travelers who come to Ohio leave wanting more. There are five unique travel regions in the state, yet all come with that exceptional Ohio charm.
By no means is Ohio a sleepy farming state with big skies and small thrills. In fact, Ohio is home to some of the fastest, longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. Amusement parks like Cedar Point, Kings Island and Coney Island are just a few of the exhilarating attractions for even the most extreme adrenaline junkies. If you’re into science and exploration, the Center Of Science and Industry is a popular interactive science museum in Columbus that has over 300 discovery-based exhibits. The whole family will be amazed at the ocean, space, science and technology exhibit areas within COSI, including the outdoor science park and seven-story Extreme Screen theatre.
Enjoy a trip to one of the many Lake Erie beach towns in the northwest region of the state where you’ll find beaches, shopping and lakeside vineyards. Plan a day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland where Elvis and the Beatles live on, or catch the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena downtown. In the northwestern part of the state, Toledo offers travelers an eclectic college town with a zoo, museums and the wonderful Victorian mansions of the Old West End.
Some may be surprised by the culinary prowess of this Midwestern state. With gourmet hotspots like Lola Bistro & Wine Bar serving up French and American inspired dishes in Cleveland, and The Precinct for some Cincinnati steaks, there is a palate waiting to be fulfilled in every city. Skyline Chili is a beloved institution in Cincinnati, while the Northstar Café in Columbus has a killer brunch with lines around the block.
Ohio has four international airports serving the entire state, as well as parts of Kentucky. Ohio’s largest is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), which is served by all major domestic carriers, as well as many international ones. Port Columbus International (CMH) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International are also widely used in the state. The best way to get around the state is by car or bus. Public transportation systems are widely in use within many of Ohio’s larger cities as well.
Lying within the continental zone, Ohio generally has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The southern regions have the warmest temperatures, while the northern areas and eastern highlands tend to have cold winters. The state also tends to receive a fair amount of snowfall, with Cleveland’s annual totally around 56 inches. Spring and summer are typically the best months to visit Ohio, as the pleasant temperatures and sunny skies make this Buckeye State shine.