The Fairy Tale Road Trip That’ll Lead You To Some Of Ohio’s Most Magical Places
Although words like “magical” and “fairy tale” rarely come to mind when most people think of the Buckeye State, Ohio is actually a state that’s surprisingly full of enchanting destinations. From authentic castles and charming villages to hidden waterfalls and stunning gardens, there are plenty of magical places to explore in Ohio. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most enchanting places you can visit in Ohio and mapped out a road trip just for you. With 2-3 days worth of exploration and overnight accommodations included, our Ohio Fairy Tale Road Trip is perfect for a weekend adventure.
The Fairy Tale Road Trip in Ohio covers more than 400 miles, and the total drive time clocks in at about 8 and a half hours. To view a Google Map of the trip in a separate tab or window, click here.
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Address: 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Address: 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215, USA
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Fairy Tale Road Trip In Ohio
January 21, 2021
What’s the most magical place to visit in Ohio?
From natural wonders and towering waterfalls to hidden castles and ancient ledges, there’s beauty everywhere you turn in the Buckeye State — you just have to know where to look. Close to Toledo, you’ll find what’s considered to be Ohio’s rarest ecosystem (and one of the world’s rarest ecosystems) where rare plants and animals, oak forests, sand dunes, savannas, tall-grass prairies and swamp forests all thrive in harmony. Oak Openings Metro Park truly looks like something out of a fairy tale (or at the very least, the Land of Endor from Star Wars) and it will truly make you feel like you’re not in Ohio anymore.
What are some scenic road trips to take in Ohio?
Ohio — the heart of it all — is a visually stunning state. For a truly epic excursion, you can’t beat our Ohio Waterfalls Road Trip. From the unexpected urban waterfalls to the secluded waterfalls surrounded by nature, this scenic road trip showcases some of Ohio’s most beautiful waterfalls, including Hayden Falls and Indian Run Falls, both located just outside Columbus.
What is Ohio’s most unique castle?
Ohio is full of castles (seriously — we share 11 of our favorites here!), but for a truly unique experience, this castle library in Van Wert is amazing. Located in a small town in Northern Ohio, the Brumback Library is housed inside a small castle, which makes a visit here feel like something straight out of a novel. A truly unique attraction, this library castle in Ohio is absolutely worth a visit.
Address: 2844 River Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094, USA
Address: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303, USA
Address: Landoll's Mohican Castle - Luxury Hotel in Central Ohio, 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
Address: Hayden Falls Park, 4326 Hayden Run Rd, Dublin, OH 43017, USA
Address: German Village, Columbus, OH, USA
Address: Ravenwood Castle, 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH 45654, USA
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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