1. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Summit County)
If you’ve yet to explore Ohio’s very own national park, you’re missing out. Cuyahoga Valley National Park features 33,000 beautiful acres of wildlife, diverse plants, breathtaking views, picturesque hiking trails, rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls.
2. Edgewater Park (Cleveland)
This beloved metro-park features a seasonal beach, grills, picnic shelters, a playground, a snack bar and fishing pier. (Not to mention beautiful views of downtown Cleveland that make for amazing photo opportunities.)
3. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Akron)
This elaborate mansion is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. An accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, this estate is open to the public for tours, weddings and other events. The elaborate, 65-room estate features five historic buildings, eight gardens and 70 acres total.
4. Holden Arboretum Canopy Walk (Kirtland)
Not many people are aware that Ohio is home to an incredible canopy walk. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful experience—unless you’re absolutely terrified of heights, that is. The Judith and Maynard H. Murch Canopy Walk at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio features a 500 ft. long elevated walkway suspended 65 ft. above the forest floor. (And as an added bonus, there’s an observation tower on site that takes you up even further up—so much further that you end up above the trees.)
5. Headlands Beach State Park (Mentor)
While Lake Erie is home to more than 30 beautiful beaches, Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor stands out among the rest. It is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio, and it features the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse, a beloved local landmark. No summer in Ohio is complete without a day on this beach.
6. The Covered Bridges Byway (Ashtabula County)
Drive through America's shortest and longest covered bridge along this scenic route, which features 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County. Begin your drive at the Netcher Road bridge near Jefferson and continue to the Smolen-Gulf Bridge near the Ashtabula River. To view a map of the complete routes of this drive click
7. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland)
Cleveland is the proud birthplace of rock n' roll, and if you've never been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you might not be a true Ohioan. (Kidding. Kind of.)
8. Amish Country (various counties)
Northeast Ohio Amish Country is a heartwarming place to explore. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, check out the dairy shops, family Amish restaurants and other shops and general stores full of all kinds of goodies. (Pictured is a farm in Mesopotamia, Ohio.)
9. Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park (Nelson Township)
Nelson Kennedy Ledges provides a similar (and lesser known) adventurous experience to the well known Old Man's Cave hiking trail at Hocking Hills State Park. Portage County is home to this 160-acre park, which features rugged cliffs, unique hiking trails (complete with a "Dwarf's Pass," pictured above) and diverse plant life.
10. Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton)
Football enthusiast all across the nation envy the fact that Ohio is home to this treasure in Canton. Be sure to check out this impressive museum, which was recently revamped.
11. Mill Creek Park (Youngstown)
Youngstown is home to the second largest metropark in the U.S. (after Central Park in New York City), and it's unbelievably gorgeous in the fall. This quiet gem amid the hustle and bustle of the city features some of the area's most popular attractions such as Fellows Riverside Gardens and Lanterman's Mill.
12. Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland)
The Cleveland Botanical Garden features 10 acres of outdoor gardens and an 18,000 square foot glasshouse garden. It’s an ever-changing urban escape of beauty, whimsy and wonder year-round. Take the whole family for a fun day trip.