Ohio

Located in the Great Lakes of America, Ohio is a sprawling state of beautiful scenery, world-class museums and plenty of places to soak up the laid-back northeast atmosphere. One of the highlights of Ohio’s capital, Columbus, is its shopping opportunities and the Easton Town Center is one of the best malls around. If you’re after something a bit more local and quirky however, the West Side Market in Cleveland is filled to the rafters with local produce and souvenirs to take home. Over in Cleveland you’ve got the Museum of Art for world-class exhibits from famous painters and sculptors or the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall for music. While you’re there, you won’t want to miss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where you

can see Michael Jackson's Thriller mask, as well as Bono's first guitar and even John Lennon's school report cards!In Cincinnati, the first place you’ll want to visit is the incredible Cincinnati Museum Center which has the impressive Union Terminal covered in beautiful Art Deco mosaics. Here you’ll find the city’s best museums like the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum and the Museum of Natural History and Science – all world-class attractions. There’s also the fantastic Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for the animal lovers. But if it’s sports you’re after, Cincinnati doesn’t disappoint and you’ll find the old fashioned charm of the Great American Ball Park a great place to watch a game.

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If you’re a fan of American football, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is home to the bronze busts of football legends, as well as famous memorabilia like helmets and game balls. There’s even the opportunity to design your own replica Super Bowl Ring for the real die-hard fans. Further afield you’ve got the beautiful Hocking Hills State Park in Logan where you can go hiking, caving, or even zip-lining if you fancy an activity that will get your heart pumping!

With all this great city action, you might forget that Ohio is a coastal state – but don’t! The coast around beautiful Lake Erie is laid-back and idyllic, perfect for an afternoon on the sands or a trip out to sea on the deck of a boat. You can even take the ferry across to the remote neighbouring islands for even more peace and quiet. Wherever you go for your holiday to Ohio, you’ll be sure to find fascinating landmarks and plenty of activities, all against a stunning backdrop.

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10 facts about Ohio

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Ohio got its name from the Ohio river, which in turn was named for the Native American, Iroquois word meaning ‘great river’.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum sits in a $92 million glass pyramid which was designed by architect I.M. Pei.

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The Cuyahoga Valley National Park covers 33,000 acres and includes 160 miles of hiking trails, golf courses as well as a living-history settlement.

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America’s biggest Amish community is found in Ohio. There are over 19,000 Amish people in the state.

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Cleveland was the first city in the world to have electric lighting back in 1879.

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Cedar Point Amusement Park is not only the biggest theme park in the world but has also been voted the best.

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Athens is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. The scariest landmark is the Athens Lunatic Asylum.

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The legendary Wright Brothers were from Dayton and built the world’s first airplane there.

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In Warren there is a street dedicated to resident Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The street has the world’s largest drum sticks, each weighing half a ton.

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Ohio gets its nickname ‘the Buckeye State’ from the many buckeye trees in the Ohio River Valley. They’re named after their resemblance to a deer’s eye.

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