Contrary to what you might think, Ohio has a wide variety of attractions and destinations for both locals and visitors alike. It can be hard to see and experience it all—especially within a weekend. The following are 11 ways to experience the heart and soul of Ohio over a weekend.
1. Tour our amazing museums.
Fine art, rock and roll, aviation, and pro football are just a few of the many subjects you can learn about via our impressive museums. Pictured is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
2. Experience Ohio Amish Country.
Ohio has the largest Amish population of any state in the nation. Drive through the rolling, scenic hills of Ohio Amish Country and stop at a restaurant for a truly delicious homemade meal. Popular Amish Country locations in Ohio include Berlin, Millersburg and Sugarcreek.
3. Unplug from every day life and take a nature getaway.
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Ohio is home to several beautiful state parks. Take your pick, pack a picnic lunch and chase waterfalls. (For a truly unique experience, we recommend Hocking Hills State Park, pictured above.)
4. Drive the back roads.
In between Ohio's cities, amusement parks and other attractions is some of the best country road scenery you'll ever take in. Don't miss it.
5. Tour the state via a dinner train.
If you’re looking to remember what it’s like to enjoy the journey and tour Ohio in a unique way—or you just want to give the family a special dinner experience they’ll never forget—then traveling Ohio’s scenic railways are the perfect way to do just that. Pictured is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
6. Wherever you end up, eat a chili dog.
Chili dogs are practically iconic in Ohio. Whether you prefer Tony Packo's, Skyline Chili or Netty's, you can't go wrong ordering a chili dog in Ohio.
7. Drive through as many covered bridges as possible.
In case you hadn’t already noticed, Ohio is full of some of the most beautiful covered bridges. In fact, it almost has the most covered bridges in the U.S. (Pennsylvania actually has the most, followed by Ohio.)
8. Book a weekend stay at a charming bed and breakfast or a historic inn.
Ohio is full of beautiful, quaint inns that are often historical and/or offer delicious home cooked breakfasts. Break free from your hotel chain routine and see what the local hospitality scene is like. (Pictured is Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast in Dellroy.)
9. Explore our cities.
This one probably goes without saying, but our big cities should not be ignored. Spend a weekend shopping, dining out, exploring museums and walking the streets of Ohio's beautiful cities.
10. Ride as many roller coasters as you can at the roller coaster capital OF THE WORLD.
Cedar Point in Sandusky is the only amusement park in the world with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet. Take advantage of this gem of an amusement park.
11. Have a beach/lakeside day.
A day by our beautiful bodies of water are blissful. Lake Erie is our own special sort of ocean here in Ohio, and we take advantage of it when we can.
How else can you experience Ohio within 48 hours? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!