15 days in Ohio Itinerary

15 days in Ohio Itinerary

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15 days in Ohio Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  3​h
1
Dayton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Columbus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sandusky
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Cleveland
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like EnterTRAINment Junction and Armstrong Air & Space Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Houdini's Room Escape and Great Escape Game. Venture out of the city with trips to Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park (in Blue Ash), Kings Island (in Mason) and Freedom Grove (in Urbana). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, take in nature's colorful creations at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Miami Valley Gaming.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dayton trip itinerary website .

Chicago to Dayton is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Dayton is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Columbus.

Things to do in Dayton

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Cincinnati, Kings Island, Freedom Grove, EnterTRAINment Junction, Miami Valley Gaming
Highlights from your plan
Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape
EnterTRAINment Junction ©
EnterTRAINment Junction
Armstrong Air & Space Museum ©
Armstrong Air & Space Museum

4
nights
Columbus

Columbus ©
More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Columbus Escape Room as well as Hocking Hills Canopy Tours. Attractions like Ohio Caverns and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve and Hocking Hills State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: The Wilds (in Cumberland) and Logan (Ash Cave, Hocking Hills Laser Tag, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Columbus online day trip planner .

Drive from Dayton to Columbus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Columbus, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sandusky.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Logan, Rockbridge, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds, Ohio Caverns
Highlights from your plan
The Wilds ©
The Wilds
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©
Ohio Caverns ©
Ohio Caverns

3
nights
Sandusky

Sandusky ©
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Explore hidden gems such as Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. Bring the kids along to Cedar Point and East Harbor State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Glacial Grooves State Memorial in Kelleys Island (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, contemplate the long history of Port Clinton Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Thomas Edison Birthplace, and look for gifts at Cheese Haven.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sandusky travel route tool .

You can drive from Columbus to Sandusky in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Cleveland.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Port Clinton, Marblehead, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Thomas Edison Birthplace, Glacial Grooves State Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center ©
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
East Harbor State Park ©
East Harbor State Park

4
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Akron Zoo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mill Creek Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Step out of Cleveland to go to Geneva on the Lake and see Geneva State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cleveland road trip site .

Traveling by train from Sandusky to Cleveland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Akron Zoo, Geneva State Park, Mill Creek Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ©
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Mill Creek Park ©
Mill Creek Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park ©
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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