Who doesn’t love an awesome road trip? And the more places you can see on just one tank of gas, the better. The following 10 places are some of Ohio’s best attractions—and we’ve designed a road trip to see them that covers about 230 miles and only requires approximately 5 hours of drive time.
The trip starts in central Ohio, taking you from Columbus to Cleveland (or vice versa.) To view the Google map of this road trip, click
here. (Please note: Lodging and dining stops are not included, but can easily be found along the way.)
1. The Ohio Statehouse
Kick off the trip with a little history and state pride. Officially finished in 1847, our beautiful state capitol is known for its distinctive rotunda and regularly hosts tours organized by the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center. Free, guided tours of the Statehouse are offered Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m.
2. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Don't leave the state capital without visiting the animals. USA Travel Guide deemed the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium the best zoo in the country in 2009. It is also the 8th largest zoo in the world.
3. German Village
Perfect for a quaint day trip getaway, this lovely little neighborhood in Columbus will truly charm you with its book shop, (featuring more than 30 rooms of books) authentic German food and a stroll through Schiller Park. This historic neighborhood prides itself in preserving its German heritage and architecture.
4. Ye Old Mill
A visit to the Velvet Ice Cream Company and Ye Old Mill in Utica not only offers smooth, freshly made ice cream, but also an inside look into the production of it. It's a one-of-a-kind experience.
5. Ohio Amish Country
Drive through one of the state's most popular Amish Country destinations in Holmes County, enjoy the view and rest if (or when) you need to. Millersburg is home to several charming overnight accommodations, including The Barn Inn (pictured) and The inn at Honey Run.
6. Pro Football Hall of Fame
You can't drive through Canton without checking out the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (See what I did there?) If you're traveling with a sports fanatic, they'll especially appreciate this stop.
7. Stan Hywet Hall and Gradens
This elaborate country estate in Akron is one of the largest homes in the U.S. An accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, this estate is open to the public for tours and other events and features five historic buildings, eight gardens and 70 acres.
8. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Ohio's very own national park features some breathtakingly beautiful scenery and hiking trails. If you don't have time to explore for awhile, be sure to at least stop and see Brandywine Falls (pictured.)
9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
As your trip starts to come to an end, make some time to check out the Birthplace of Rock and Roll. It's a must-see Cleveland attraction.
10. Cleveland Botanical Garden
This truly unique attraction 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.