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Columbus — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rockhouse, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Blue Valley Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): shop like a local with Easton Town Center, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then pedal to the sights with Pedal Wagon Columbus, and finally examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Columbus road trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Columbus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dayton.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping
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Dayton — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Aviation Hall of Fame, then examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, then browse the exhibits of Carillon Historical Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Dayton National Cemetery.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dayton attractions planner.

You can drive from Columbus to Dayton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dayton are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sandusky.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Sandusky — 1 night

Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 25th (Thu), see what you can catch with Fish On Charters, make a splash at Cedar Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Osborn Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sandusky trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Dayton to Sandusky by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Sandusky can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Cleveland.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Cleveland — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sandusky to Cleveland in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.
Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Ohio travel guide

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.