8 days in Central Ohio Itinerary

8 days in Central Ohio Itinerary

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8 days in Central Ohio Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Phoenix


Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Marion County, Ohio, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation. You'll explore and learn at Honda Heritage Center and Spi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marion: Gallant Farm Preserve (in Delaware), Ohio Caverns (in West Liberty) and Kokosing Gap Trail (in Mount Vernon). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Harding Presidential Sites, admire the local landmark of Veterans Memorial Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Marion Tallgrass Trail.

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Phoenix to Marion is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Marion. Traveling from Phoenix in July, expect Marion to be cooler, temps between 82°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Marion

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Mount Vernon, Honda Heritage Center, Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Ohio Caverns, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Central Ohio Fire Museum and Granville Historical Society. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Blendon Woods Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Delaware (Stratford Ecological Center & Deer Haven Preserve) and Newark (The WORKS MUSEUM, Licking county Bike trails, & more). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Columbus Axe Throwing, examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Columbus online trip builder .

Drive from Marion to Columbus in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Newark, Delaware, Westerville, Granville Historical Society, Zipline
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Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum ©
Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum
Granville Historical Society ©
Granville Historical Society