Ohio March 30, 2018
Here Are The 10 Best Places In Ohio To Visit On A Long Weekend
When you find yourself with a long weekend to look forward to, what do you usually do with it?
From historic towns to nature getaways, Ohio is full of several destinations that need more than a day to explore. Whether you prefer the quiet countryside or a bustling city, there’s a little something for everyone. The following are what we consider to be 10 of the best places in Ohio to visit during a long weekend.
1. Ohio Amish Country
The Ohio Amish Country Byway includes more than 160 miles of beautiful countryside, weaving through several Amish towns and counties. It's such a heartwarming drive to take, no matter the season. For specific routes and other information, click
2. Hocking Hills
Book a stay at a cabin, explore Old Man's Cave and try something new. With several state park activities and nature preserves in this beautiful region of Ohio, you can go horseback riding, rappelling, kayaking and so much more.
April Dray/Only In Your State
Ohio history buffs will especially appreciate this getaway. This gorgeous Warren County city is home to a beautiful downtown, several antique and gift shops, a scenic railway and more. Be sure to grab a meal (or stay overnight) at The Golden Lamb, which is Ohio's oldest continually operating hotel and restaurant. Established in 1803, it's hosted several famous guests such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and several U.S. Presidents.
4. Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs, Ohio is arguably one of Ohio’s most special towns—because it’s full of one-of-a-kind character you just won’t find anywhere else. As a quaint college town full of color, plenty of things to do in nature and even a mobile "tiny home" or two, there’s truly nowhere else in Ohio quite like Yellow Springs. Be sure to visit Young's Jersey Dairy, Glen Helen Nature Preserve and Clifton Mill while you're in town.
5. Cuyahoga Valley
Explore our state's very own national park, brush up on your history and board the scenic railroad in the gorgeous northeast region of Ohio. (Pictured is the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.) Don't forget to stop by Brandywine Falls!
The historic riverboat town of Marietta is known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The town borders West Virginia and is nestled along the banks of both the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. It's also known for its Victorian-style houses, European ambience, brick streets and sternwheelers.
The Lake Erie Islands are truly incredible. One of our favorites in particular is South Bass Island, often called the "Secret Midwest Playground" and home to the small town of Put-In-Bay—which has plenty to do and see. Boating, shopping and camping are just a few of the things you can do here. (We recommend renting a golf cart so you can easily explore the whole island.)
8. Roscoe Village
Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio is a charming canal town Ohio history buffs will absolutely love. Complete with horse-drawn canal boat rides, living history tours and old-fashioned shops, this is one town everyone in Ohio needs to explore at least once. (Even if you don’t consider yourself a history buff, you’ll fall in love with the old world charm and beautiful surroundings.)
9. The Three C's
Visit your favorite Ohio city for a weekend and indulge in some of the state's best food, bars, shopping and more. Shake things up and become a tourist for a day with a walking, boat or Segway tour.
The small town of Zoar, Ohio is a historic German village most people in the state (surprisingly) don’t know about. Beautifully preserved and full of fun places to explore, you’ll fall in love with this little-known town. The village of Zoar has more than 50 of the original historic structures and buildings still standing today. Consequently, the town has preserved much of its old world charm.
Have you explored any of these towns or regions? What other destinations would you add to this list? Let us know!
For more unique trip ideas in Ohio, check out our previous article:
7 Incredible Ohio Day Trips You Can Take By Train.