Ohio Rich in history, Ohio is a lively place for sightseers to visit. Its capital is Columbus, while Cleveland, a northern city, is Ohioís largest metropolitan city.
Ohio officially became a state in 1803, making the mining town the first actual state from the Northwest Territory. Itís also known for the manufacturing of motor vehicle parts and its agricultural industry for its corn and soybean production. The Ohio River is the second most used river in the United States, eclipsed only by the bigger Mississippi.
Theme park fanatics should note Ohio has two of the best with Paramountís Kings Island in Cincinnati and Cedar Point in Sandusky. Kings Island has something for everyone with shows, rides, food, a kidís section, and water park. A season pass gives you access to everything except the concert area but you have to buy tickets separately to get in. Cedar Point is very similar except it doesnít have a concert area. But itís a nice place to itself because the rides are somewhat different in style and some of them even take the rider out over Lake Erie. For something a little tamer try the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens located in downtown Cincinnati. Both make you forget youíre in the downtown core. One price gets you into both the zoo and the gardens.
And youíll need a full day for both. The gardens are beautiful and the zoo lets you experience animals you wouldnít otherwise see. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is in Powell, an outlying city of Columbus. It is much bigger than the Cincinnati zoo, plus you can observe kangaroos by actually walking through their pen instead of just from far away.
Another great feature of Ohio is in Riverside, where the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, did their first test flight. If that doesnít fly, try the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Ohioís lakes are something else. Visitors can see the Indian Mounds that are throughout the state, including Fort Ancient, the largest hilltop earth structure in the United States. And of course Lake Erie in Sandusky is very popular among boaters.
Accommodation From full-service hotels, value priced motels, secluded cabins, to family owned bed and breakfast resorts, Ohio has a place to stay for every traveler. The bed and breakfast nooks range from about $35-150 per night depending on location and occupancy. The Ritz-Carlton is one of the most expensive hotels, ranging from $229-429 per night. For those looking for more modest accommodations, you can get a room from about $49-149 per night at hotels close to the major cities and sites. The major hotels have all the usual bells and whistles and are closest to the local hot spots The smaller bed and breakfasts and motels have less facilities offered but are still a good deal if you donít need the extras. Some even allow pets.
Cabin accommodations are limited, with prices ranging from $85-215. We did find one cabin at $300 per night due to how secluded it was, so a little detective work could go a long way if youíre dead set on staying in a cabin. The majority of the cabins are located in Hocking Hills, a heavy-forested area in Ohio. Staying at a cabin can mean complete seclusion from even TV, radio and Internet. This is great for those that love hiking and nature.
Weather conditions The weather in Ohio can be unpredictable. Normally the state has cold winters and warm summers, but occasionally there are weeks where the seasons seem to defy convention. People have been spotted wearing short sleeve shirts in January. January is also the coldest month in Ohio, with an average temperature of 28 degrees. July is the warmest month to visit so itís a good idea to look for a spot with air conditioning.
It does snow in Ohio too. The Northeastern part receives the most with about 100 inches every year and has several ski areas.
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- Seven United State presidents have come from Ohio, which is more than any other state except for Virginia. Itís definitely a bragging right since Ohio was not a founding state.
- Ohio has two very famous astronauts born and raised in the state - Neil Armstrong and John Glenn Jr.
- With its close proximity to Canada, Ohio was a major part of the Underground Railroad. Many escaped slaves passed through Ohio before crossing the border into Canada and freedom. There are still houses that have the secret passageways and hidden rooms that the slaves used as they went north.
- The state is the home to Oberlin College, the first college in the U.S. to allow black and whites to study side by side. Interestingly, this happened even before the civil war started.