The Ultimate Ohio Travel Guide

The Ultimate Ohio Travel Guide

Ohio Travel Guide

Ohio: There’s a ton of things to see and do in Ohio! Museums, amusement parks, island, safari-park, scenic state parks, zoo, and so much more! Here is my Ohio travel guide outlining major Ohio attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Ohio travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Ohio, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Ohio attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Ohio Attractions

History: Ohio was admitted to the union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803. The State is named after the Ohio River, Ohio, an Iroquois word, “O-Y-O,” which means “great river.” The state’s got its nickname, the Buckeye State, partially because many buckeye trees once covered Ohio’s hills and plains, and the name “buckeye” stems from Native Americans. They called the nut “hetuck,” which means “buck eye,” because the markings on the nut resemble the eye of a deer. Ohio, the birthplace of seven US presidents, home to the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, birthplace of the first professional baseball team, and the birthplace of all-American favorite, the hot dog!

Geography: Pennsylvania and West Virginia border, Ohio on the east. On west Ohio shares its border with Indiana. On the north, Ohio is bordered by Michigan and Lake Erie and by Kentucky and West Virginia in the south. Ohio’s topography consists of rolling plains for the most part.

Getting There

Flight: Columbus International Airport (CMH), Akron Canton Regional Airport (CAK), Toledo Express Airport (TOL), and Mansfield Lahm Airport (MFD) are the main airports in Ohio.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could drive to Ohio.

Train: Amtrak offers a couple of rail services (1) Capitol Limited connecting – Washington, DC – Pittsburgh – Cleveland – Chicago and (2) Lake Shore Limited connecting Ohio with – New York/Boston – Albany – Chicago.


Climate: Summers are hot and humid in Ohio, with average high temperatures rising above 90°F. Winters are cold and bitter, with night temperatures falling below 15°F. Spring has warm temperatures, and autumn has pleasant temperatures and some rain. Check current weather conditions in Ohio.

Time zone: Eastern Daylight Time UTC-4

Getting around: I recommend renting a car while in Ohio, Greyhound busses being the only other option to travel between cities in Ohio.

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Best Places To Visit in Ohio


Is a small island resort community located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie and a must visit in Ohio. Located just 80 miles from Cleveland, 20 miles from Sandusky, can be reached by a ferry. 

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The Wilds

Is a private, non-profit safari park and conservation center, offering several tours that allows you to get close to several rare and endangered species, including white rhinos, ostriches, and giraffes and more.

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Cedar Point

Is a 364-acre amusement park and the second-oldest operating amusement park in the US. It’s home to some amazing 70 rides, including 17 world-class roller coasters, several family rides and many shows.

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Hocking Hills State Park

Located in southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park, often called Ohio’s Crown Jewel, is home to some stunning waterfalls, towering cliffs, deep gorges, and several hiking trails. 

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Is a museum and hall of fame located in Cleveland, it documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, products, and every notable thing that contributed to the development of rock music. 

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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Is located in Liberty Township, the zoo is home to more than 9,000 animals with 650 species from around the globe. The Zoo is open 363 days a year, closing only for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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National Museum of US Air Force

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, It’s the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. 

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Merry-Go-Round Museum

Features a working, vintage carousel, a collection of antique, carved animals, panels. Merry-Go-Round Museum opened to the public on July, 14, 1990, to preserve and promote the art and history of the carousel.

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Ohio State Reformatory

Also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. Open to the public, you can stroll the halls and visit the cells of some of history’s toughest criminals.

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COSI, Center of Science and Industry, is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. COSI is a very dynamic hands-on science center, with several exhibits, shows and a planetarium.

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