Cincinnati January 14, 2018
10 Reasons Why Cincinnati Is The Most Unique City In America
In case you haven’t already heard, Cincinnati was recently named as one of the
top 52 places to go in 2018 by The New York Times. And that’s not just in the Midwest or even just in the United States – they mean in the entire world! Cincinnati took the #8 spot on the list, and if this distinction surprises you, then it’s about time to take off the blinders and realize just how amazing our city is – and always has been. If you need a little more convincing, here are 10 reasons why Cincinnati is the most unique city in America.
1. We are incredibly welcoming.
Unfortunately, this is not a trait that every city can claim, but Cincinnati has always been known as a friendly town. Perhaps it's a Midwest thing, or maybe Cincinnatians just know the importance of a warm welcome and a smile.
2. Our arts scene is absolutely thriving.
Not only did our beloved Music Hall recently reopen after restoration and renovation, but our city is inviting more and more arts-focused places and events each year. We offer many venues for live music - from classical to modern favorites - theatre, ballet, performance art, museums, galleries, and anything else you can imagine. For a city that is sometimes thought of as "behind the times," this is proof that we are the exact opposite.
3. We celebrate our roots and make them modern.
One popular example of this unique factor is how Cincinnati's brewing history has been brought back to life. You can tour the underground tunnels used 100 years ago and sample a locally made craft beer in a historic building. There are many Cincinnati bars and restaurants, like The Lackman (pictured above) that beautifully celebrate these pages of our history book.
4. You can easily make your way around downtown to all of the major features and attractions.
Say what you will about the streetcar, but they do make it easier to catch a Reds game, enjoy dinner at The Banks, and then head to OTR for dessert and a drink. It's a unique way to experience our thriving downtown.
5. We are fantastically festive.
The photo above was taken during the parade that accompanied BLINK this past fall, but we've proven our festive nature for years with other parades, festivals, and celebrations.
6. We welcome innovation.
Speaking of BLINK, did you attend this unbelievable outdoor event in 2017? If you did, you know that most of Cincinnati joined you. This free event was one of the most innovative and inspiring artistic events our country has seen, and it was right here in Cincinnati.
7. We have the sweetest baby animal ever to be born.
You can't talk about Cincinnati lately without mentioning our lovable baby hippo, Fiona. Now almost one-year-old, Fiona is the preemie baby hippo that captured everyone's hearts - in Cincinnati and around the world - after her adorable antics caught the attention of visitors and several major news publications. Did you know she even had her own reality show? It's true! She has also been featured in a children's book, will have her own special "Fiona Day" (complete with bobblehead) at a Reds game during the summer of 2018, and even inspired a few local breweries to craft specialty brews in her honor!
This little (...or big... she now weighs over 600 pounds!) bundle of joy gave us all something to smile about as we watched her grow and play her way into stardom. Don't forget to raise a glass to toast Fiona on her upcoming birthday - she turns one on January 24th!
8. Traditions run deep.
Cincinnati loves to celebrate long-standing traditions, like the annual Labor Day Fireworks that light up the sky each year. Our city tends to like the consistency of traditions, and when you combine that with a love of innovation, it makes for one unique city.
9. We put chili on our spaghetti.
You can't say Cincinnati is unique without mentioning Cincinnati-style chili. This particular dish of deliciousness is from Camp Washington Chili, but you can find tasty options for 3-way chili every few blocks throughout Cincinnati.
10. Our skyline sparkles.
Just look at it! Cincinnati is colorful, vibrant, welcoming and, yes, unique. The skyline is a beautiful image to represent a city that so deserves that spot as one of the best places in the world to choose to spend your time.
Now do you agree? We strongly believe that Cincinnati deserves a spot on
every list of best cities in the world, but we’re also a little biased. What do you think? In what ways do you see our city as unique? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
For more example of how Cincinnatians are wonderfully unique bunch, check out our recent article