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10 Summer Day Trips In Ohio That Feature Mouthwatering Burgers And Scenic Hiking Trails

While we all wish we could drop all responsibilities and take off the great American road trip, it seems to be more of a pipe dream than anything concrete – at least for now. Luckily, there is plenty to explore in our own backyard, and unlike a planning-intensive road trip, all you’ll need is a single day, one tank of gas, and a sense of adventure.

In celebration of the humble day trip and to kick off summer one of the best ways we know, we recently launched our Only On A Tankful series, which features four unique day trip destination pairings across the great state of Ohio. First, there was wine and waterfalls, then antiques and ice cream, and third, tacos and tubing. Today, we’re releasing our final day trip pairing: a day trip that leads explorers along a scenic hiking trail and to a mouthwatering local burger joint. Whether you live near Cincinnati, Cleveland, or anywhere in between, you’ll discover an epic day trip that combines two glorious activities: chowing down on a thick, juicy burger and exploring the great outdoors. So, fill the tank, bring your hiking shoes and your appetite – we’re going on some of the best day trips in Ohio today.

So, that’s it for now: four wonderful, whimsical day trip destination pairings across the great state of Ohio perfect for making summer memories. Which of these adventures will you be enjoying first? What do you think are some of the best day trips in Ohio? Sound off in the comments below, and if you liked this series, please follow Only In Ohio on Facebook and sign up for Ohio’s daily newsletter so you can discover even more fun and unique things to do throughout the Buckeye State. 

For more fun adventure pairings in the Buckeye State, check out this Wine and Waterfalls Road Trip, which features some of the best day trips in Ohio.

 

Address: Ledges Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, OH 44264, USA
Address: Bones' Burgers, 9721 Montgomery Rd, Montgomery, OH 45242, USA
Address: Gorge Trail, Sharonville, OH 45241, USA
Address: Kendrick Woods, 971 Defiance Trail N, Spencerville, OH 45887, USA
Address: Kewpee Hamburgers, 1350 Bellefontaine Ave, Lima, OH 45804, USA
Address: Caesar Creek State Park, 8570 OH-73, Waynesville, OH 45068, USA
Address: Crabill's Hamburger Shoppe, 727 Miami St, Urbana, OH 43078, USA
Address: Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149, USA
Address: The Pour House at Machinery Hall, 25 E 2nd St, Chillicothe, OH 45601, USA
Address: 360 Burger, 11201 Cadiz Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725, USA
Address: Salt Fork State Park, 14755 Cadiz Rd, Lore City, OH 43755, USA
Address: Blazin' Burgers, 707 N Crater Ave, Dover, OH 44622, USA
Address: Dundee Falls Trailhead, 8265-8581 Dundee Wilmot Rd NW, Dundee, OH 44624, USA
Address: The Galley, 203 2nd St, Marietta, OH 45750, USA
Address: Wayne National Forest - Athens Ranger District - Athens Unit, Coal Township, OH 43766, USA
Address: MST Pub & Grub, 92 Madison St, Tiffin, OH 44883, USA
Address: Shawnee Mission Park & Red Loop - Scenic Overlook Trail, Shawnee, KS 66218, USA
Address: Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035, USA
Address: Local West, 7402 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
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Best day trips in Ohio

April 24, 2022

Are there any waterfall restaurants in Ohio?

While the above list of best day trips in Ohio combine some amazing waterfall hikes and restaurant pairings, there’s a restaurant in Ohio where you can actually dine while enjoying beautiful waterfall views! The Historic Clifton Mill is one of the Buckeye State’s most celebrated treasures, and a favorite spot for hiking, photography, and outdoor adventures. But to really enjoy the wondrous waterfalls of this Ohio landmark, you’ll want to sit down for a meal at the eponymous Clifton Mill Restaurant. If you’re looking for dinner with a view, it doesn’t get much more extraordinary than this waterfall restaurant in Ohio.

What are the best places to get a burger in Ohio?

The Buckeye State has an amazing culinary scene, and burgers are one of our specialities. In Cincinnati, Zip’s is a perennial favorite that’s known for its deceptively simple yet oh-so-delicious Zip’s Burger. The ambiance of this little restaurant is part of the experience, with low lighting and worn wood booths setting the scene for a totally amazing meal. Ritz’s is another burger behemoth in the Buckeye State, and they offer so many different varieties that you’ll want to visit this Columbus institution many times! And if it’s a beast of a burger that you’re craving, The Thurman Cafe delivers every time. While pretty much any burger on the menu is amazing, the restaurant’s cheekily named Thurmanator is the restaurant’s signature, larger-than-life hamburger. Several pounds in weight, it’s not for the faint of heart. This epic burger includes two 12-ounce patties, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, banana peppers, bacon, cheddar, sautéed onions, mushrooms, hams, mozzarella, and American cheese. Burger cravings satisfied!

Address: Ledges Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, OH 44264, USA
Address: Bones' Burgers, 9721 Montgomery Rd, Montgomery, OH 45242, USA
Address: Gorge Trail, Sharonville, OH 45241, USA
Address: Kendrick Woods, 971 Defiance Trail N, Spencerville, OH 45887, USA
Address: Kewpee Hamburgers, 1350 Bellefontaine Ave, Lima, OH 45804, USA
Address: Caesar Creek State Park, 8570 OH-73, Waynesville, OH 45068, USA
Address: Crabill's Hamburger Shoppe, 727 Miami St, Urbana, OH 43078, USA
Address: Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, 24858 Big Pine Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149, USA
Address: The Pour House at Machinery Hall, 25 E 2nd St, Chillicothe, OH 45601, USA
Address: 360 Burger, 11201 Cadiz Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725, USA
Address: Salt Fork State Park, 14755 Cadiz Rd, Lore City, OH 43755, USA
Address: Blazin' Burgers, 707 N Crater Ave, Dover, OH 44622, USA
Address: Dundee Falls Trailhead, 8265-8581 Dundee Wilmot Rd NW, Dundee, OH 44624, USA
Address: The Galley, 203 2nd St, Marietta, OH 45750, USA
Address: Wayne National Forest - Athens Ranger District - Athens Unit, Coal Township, OH 43766, USA
Address: MST Pub & Grub, 92 Madison St, Tiffin, OH 44883, USA
Address: Shawnee Mission Park & Red Loop - Scenic Overlook Trail, Shawnee, KS 66218, USA
Address: Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035, USA
Address: Local West, 7402 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
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