One of the most populous states in America, Ohio is home to three bustling cities, some of the best amusement parks in the world, and the tranquility of Maumee Bay State Park on Lake Erie’s shores. This wonderful natural area is a great place to explore the shoreline of one of the world’s largest lakes.
The former industrial giant of Cleveland has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. A sign of this is the old warehouses on Lake Erie which, rather than holding cargo, now contain restaurants, cafes and bars. Tourists should visit the Cleveland Museum of Art, which mainly focuses on modern art. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a large collection of fossils and geological specimens with a special emphasis on prehistoric times. Also, the Great Lakes Science Center has an ultra-modern OMNIMAX 360-degree movie theater.
Columbus is the state’s capital and its largest city. Consequently, it is the state’s political and business center, but there are still many sights to tempt the tourist. The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, the Museum of the State Archaeological and Historical Society, and the headquarters of the American Rose Society – home to the world’s largest rose garden, are all worth a visit.
The third largest conurbation is Cincinnati, which sits astride the Ohio River and every year hosts a famous race between its paddle steamer and one from Louisville, Kentucky. If you are not there on that day, then check out the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cincinnati Museum Center, which has a fascinating display on America’s first professional baseball team – the Cincinnati Reds.
Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport is served by all major American carriers and some international carriers as well. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is also served by many American carriers. Cleveland is the state’s railway hub and Amtrak provides daily service from Chicago