8 days in Ohio Itinerary

8 days in Ohio Itinerary

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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.
Family-friendly places like National Museum of the US Air Force and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will thrill your kids. Take a break from Cincinnati with a short trip to Kings Island in Mason, about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll around Smale Riverfront Park and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

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Indianapolis to Cincinnati is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. September in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Sandusky.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 12th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden and then cool off at Cedar Point.

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Fly from Cincinnati to Sandusky in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Sandusky are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Heinen's Downtown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Getting from Sandusky to Cleveland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Lynd Fruit Farm, see the interesting displays at Georgian Museum, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Drive from Cleveland to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September in Columbus, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Columbus

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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.