18 days in Ohio Itinerary

18 days in Ohio Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ohio itinerary planner

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Dayton
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
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Columbus
— 2 nights
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Canton
— 2 nights
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
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Dayton

— 3 nights

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Balloon Rides, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and The Wright Cycle Company Complex. When in Dayton, make a side trip to see Young's Jersey Dairy Farm in Yellow Springs, approximately Yellow Springs away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dayton trip itinerary planning site.

Indianapolis to Dayton is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Dayton

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 3 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Kings Island has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: walk around Smale Riverfront Park, try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, and get to know the resident critters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cincinnati trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dayton to Cincinnati takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lancaster.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Theme Parks · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Lancaster

— 2 nights
Lancaster is a city in Fairfield County, Ohio, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll around Rising Park, do a tasting at Rockside Winery and Vineyards, and then admire the natural beauty at Dawes Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): snap pictures at Y Bridge and then admire the majestic nature at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lancaster trip builder site.

Drive from Cincinnati to Lancaster in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lancaster are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Lancaster

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Columbus

— 2 nights

The Discovery City

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.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus, and then get to know the fascinating history of German Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Ohio Statehouse, observe the fascinating underwater world at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and then visit Easton Town Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Columbus trip planner.

You can drive from Lancaster to Columbus in an hour. In September in Columbus, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Canton.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Canton

— 2 nights
Canton is a city in and the county seat of Stark County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Gervasi Vineyard.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Canton online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Canton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Canton

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cleveland

— 5 nights

Forest City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, admire the striking features of Heinen's Downtown, hunt for treasures at West Side Market, and stroll around Rocky River Reservation.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Cleveland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Canton to Cleveland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Canton in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cleveland, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trips

Ohio travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.