Ohio is its own special sort of character. Its home to several unique attractions and destinations you won’t find anywhere else in the world, iconic eateries and the birthplace of many important individuals. The following list is an attempt at scratching the surface of everything you need to know about Ohio, from A to Z.
A is for Amish County.
The rolling hills of Ohio's Amish Country stretch across the state and contain some of the largest Amish settlements in the world.
B is for Buckeyes.
This one applies to Ohio State football, the fans, the tree nut and the candy. Here in Ohio, we <3 buckeyes. Period.
C is for Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
While we love all of our cities, there's something undeniably special about The Three C's.
D is for dodging deer.
Here in Ohio, you can expect a deer to charge at your car—or stay standing directly in front of it—while driving down just about any type of road. (Interstates are no exception.) What you can’t always expect is that you will avoid them, but in time you learn to always be on guard. Always.
E is for Edison.
Milan, Ohio is the proud birthplace of the famous inventor Thomas A. Edison.
F is for flight.
Despite whatever North Carolina is trying to take credit for, Ohio is the proud birthplace and home of the Wright brothers.
G is for Great Serpent Mound.
This 1,348-foot-long and three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County continues to marvel locals and visitors alike.
H is for Hocking Hills.
Hocking Hills State Park is arguably Ohio's most beloved state park, where waterfalls, caves, unique rock formations and hiking trails abound.
I is for ice cream.
Ohio is home to some of the BEST ice cream. Graeter's, Jeni's and Velvet ice cream all hail from Ohio.
J is for Jungle Jim's International Market.
Where Ohioans "discover a world of food and more" right in their very own state.
K is for Kings Island Amusement Park.
This family fun destination features iconic rides and roller coasters, such as The Beast (pictured).
L is for Lake Erie.
This Great Lake serves as our own special sort of ocean here in Ohio.
M is for "Michigan sucks."
(I don't even need to explain this one to you.)
N is for Neil Armstrong.
Shout out to our fellow Ohioan who paved the way and showed us all that man can in fact walk on the moon.
O is for the Ohio River.
We <3 our river and our beautiful river towns.
P is for Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Canton is the proud home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Q is for quaint small towns.
Ohio is full of beautiful small towns that are sure to charm you. (Pictured: Yellow Springs.)
R is for rock n' roll.
Cleveland is the proud home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
S is for Skyline Chili.
This Cincinnati area eatery features the iconic three-way and chili dogs with mountains of shredded cheese.
T is for Tony Packo's.
For a truly epic chili dog (and to view the famous hot dog bun museum), visit Toledo's beloved Tony Packo's.
U is for unpredictable weather.
The one thing that is certain in this Ohio life is that the four seasons will get confused. (And consequently so will you.)
V is for vineyards (and wineries.)
Ohio is its own sort of wine country. You might be surprised to know that there are more than 150 wineries in Ohio.
W is for Wendy's.
The beloved fast food chain that started here brought us delicious square burgers and the iconic combination of french fries and frosties. (McDonald's and Burger King don't even know.)
X is for e(X)treme roller coasters.
Ohio is home to Cedar Point Amusement Park, AKA; the roller coaster capital OF THE WORLD.
Y is for yelling "O-H!"
....and fully anticipating an "I-O!" reply.
Z is for zoos.
Ohio is home to some of the best zoos in the nation. Take your pick of any one. You can't go wrong.
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