56 days in Ohio Itinerary

56 days in Ohio Itinerary

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Sandusky
— 6 nights
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Toledo
— 8 nights
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Cleveland
— 9 nights
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Youngstown
— 7 nights
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Mansfield
— 7 nights
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Columbus
— 9 nights
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Cincinnati
— 9 nights
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Sandusky — 6 nights

Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Attractions like Kalahari Waterparks and Great Wolf Lodge Water Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Sandusky's surroundings by going to Lakeview Park (in Lorain), Firelands Museum and Laning Young Research Center (in Norwalk) and Vermilion River Reservation (in Vermilion). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Charles Herndon Sculpture Garden and Galleries, stroll through Back to the Wild, and see the interesting displays at Mad River Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sandusky sightseeing planner.

Birmingham to Sandusky is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Sandusky due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in December, things will get slightly colder in Sandusky: highs are around 41°F and lows about 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Toledo.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Toledo — 8 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Attractions like Toledo Zoo and Oak Openings Preserve Metropark make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Allen County Museum (in Lima), Findlay (Perennial Plant Peddler & Mazza Museum) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (in Oak Harbor). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Toledo Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, and kick back and relax at Maumee Bay State Park.

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Traveling by car from Sandusky to Toledo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Toledo, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Cleveland — 9 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like The Cleveland Museum of Art and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Lake Metroparks Farmpark (in Kirtland), Castle Noel (in Medina) and Akron (F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to A Christmas Story House, take in nature's colorful creations at Cleveland Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Gazebo & Green, Hudson, and stroll around Rocky River Reservation.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cleveland road trip planning site.

Getting from Toledo to Cleveland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Youngstown.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips

Youngstown — 7 nights

Youngstown is a city in and the county seat of Mahoning County in the U.S. state of Ohio, with small portions extending into Trumbull County. Family-friendly places like The Butler Institute of American Art and Fellows Riverside Gardens will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to AAA I-76 Antique Mall (in Ravenna), Dennison Railroad Depot Museum (in Dennison) and Museum of Ceramics (in East Liverpool). On the 13th (Thu), spend a day ambling around Mill Creek Park. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Ward Beecher Planetarium, tee off at Avalon Golf and Country Club, explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail, and examine the collection at National Packard Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Youngstown itinerary maker.

Drive from Cleveland to Youngstown in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°F in Youngstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mansfield.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Golf
Side Trips

Mansfield — 7 nights

Mansfield is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Ohio, United States. Family-friendly places like Snow Trails and The Farm at Walnut Creek will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Vernon (Ariel-Foundation Park & Spi), Medbery Marketplace (in Coshocton) and Secrest Arboretum (in Wooster). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Warther Museum, view the masterpieces at Mansfield Art Center, contemplate the long history of Kingwood Center Gardens, and admire the natural beauty at Schnormeier Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mansfield road trip website.

Getting from Youngstown to Mansfield by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mansfield are 33°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Columbus.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Columbus — 9 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Easton Town Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (in Powell), Ash Cave (in Logan) and Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve (in Rockbridge). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Hocking Hills State Park, don't miss a visit to Portsmouth Floodwall Mural, admire the natural beauty at Kelton House Museum & Garden, and steep yourself in history at Clifton Mill.

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

Traveling by car from Mansfield to Columbus takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Columbus are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Cincinnati — 9 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Kings Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Cincinnati: Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford), Dayton (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Carillon Historical Park, &more) and Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield). There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Cincinnati Museum Center, explore the world behind art at Taft Museum of Art, explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and make a trip to Fountain Square.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cincinnati trip planner.

You can drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cincinnati can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
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.