45 days in Columbus & Dayton Itinerary

45 days in Columbus & Dayton Itinerary

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45 days in Columbus & Dayton Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h
1
Columbus
— 23 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dayton
— 21 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: Chicago

23
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbus: Ohio Caverns (in West Liberty), Delaware (Gallant Farm Preserve & Deer Haven Preserve) and Hardin County's Old Order Amish Country (in Kenton). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get your game on at Columbus Axe Throwing, identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Columbus online trip itinerary planner .

Chicago to Columbus is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Columbus due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Logan, Nelsonville, Portsmouth, Loudonville, Mansfield
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Room Escape Games
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ©
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

21
nights
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dayton: Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park (in Blue Ash), Kings Island (in Mason) and Cincinnati (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Archery Arena (Dodgeball Archery), & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, have some family-friendly fun at EnterTRAINment Junction, take a memorable tour with Tours, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dayton trip builder .

Getting from Columbus to Dayton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dayton

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cincinnati, Lebanon, Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park, Great Escape Game, Great Miami River Trail
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Kings Island ©
Kings Island
Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape

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