Ohio state

Ohio Travel Guide


The state of Ohio, where eight US Presidents were born, is located in the heart of the American Midwest. Ohio borders the sandy shores of Lake Erie to the north and the long, winding Ohio River to the south. The fertile land in between is peppered with industrial centers. To the north lie the rolling mountains of the Scioto River Valley. The landscape becomes wilder and more mountainous as one approaches the Appalachian foothills to the southeast and dense forests dotted with waterfalls and sandstone cliffs to the south. Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland in the northeast consists of rugged terrain, River valleys and steep, forested mountains. Ohio has rivers totaling 25,000 miles (40,869 km) in length, including the Mohican and Tuscarawas Rivers. Columbus, Ohio’s capital and largest city, ranks 15th on the list of America’s largest cities.

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Getting there

Flight times

Cincinnati – London: 9 hrs; Cincinnati – New York: 1 hr 30; Cincinnati – Los Angeles: 4 hrs 15; Cincinnati – Miami: 2 hrs 15 Cincinnati – Washington DC: 1 hr Cincinnati – Frankfurt: 12 hrs 40 minutes (with stopover in Chicago);Cincinnati – Zurich: 10 hours 50 (actual flight time, stopover in Chicago). Cleveland – London: 10-11 hrs 30 (depending on flight route, including stopovers); Cleveland – Paris: 11-12 hrs (depending on flight route, including stopovers); Cleveland – Los Angeles: 12 hrs (depending on flight route, including stopovers); 1 hr layover in Cincinnati);Cleveland – Miami: 5-6 hrs (depending on flight route, including stopovers);Cleveland – Washington DC: 3 hr 30 (including 45 min layover in Cincinnati);Cleveland – Orlando : 4 hrs; Cleveland – Atlanta: 2 hours; Cleveland – New York: 1 hour 40; Cleveland – Cincinnati: 1 hour 45. Cleveland – Frankfurt: 11 hours (pure flight time, stopover in Pittsburgh); Cleveland – Zurich: 11 hrs 05 (actual flight time, stopover in Pittsburgh); There are no direct flights from Vienna, all connections go via Frankfurt/M., Düsseldorf or Munich.

Arrival by car

There are a total of 181,462 km of roads in Ohio. Road condition reports and general information are available from the Department of Highway Safety (tel: (614) 466.2550). The American Automobile Club (AAA) can be reached at the following emergency numbers: Tel: (614) 431.33.88 (Franklin County) or (1-800) 222.43.57.Bus: Greyhound buses run from Chicago to Pittsburgh. More information from Greyhound (website: www.greyhound.com).

Note on arrival by car

Average bus travel times: Cincinnati – Cleveland: 5 hours; Cincinnati – Columbus and Louisville: 2 hours each; Cincinnati – Detroit: 6 hours; Cincinnati – Pittsburgh: 6 hours; Cincinnati – Chicago: 7 hours; Cincinnati – St. Louis: 8 hours; Cincinnati – Atlanta: 12 hrs; Cincinnati – Washington DC: 12 hrs; Cincinnati – Philadelphia: 13 hrs; Cincinnati – New York: 15 hrs Cleveland – Toronto: 7 hrs; Cleveland – Chicago: 7 hrs 30 Cleveland – Detroit: 4 hrs Cleveland – Washington DC: 9 hrs Cleveland – New York: 9 hrs 30 Cleveland – Philadelphia: 10 hrs Columbus – Indianapolis: 4 hrs Columbus – Pittsburgh: 4 hrs; Columbus – St. Louis: 9 hrs; Columbus – Washington DC: 10 hrs; Columbus – Philadelphia: 11 hrs; Columbus – New York: 13 hrs

Arrival by train

Several Amtrak lines run from Chicago to Buffalo and New York. Additional information from Amtrak (website: www.amtrak.com). Several excursions with special railway trains are also part of the programme.

Arrival by ship

Ohio has over 1000 miles of navigable canals and numerous boat trips. The Roscoe Village Excursion on the Ohio River and Lake Erie near Coshoction operates May through October, as well as trips on the Fulton Canal and the 1.2-mile Piiqua Historical Area towboat cruise on the Miami and Erie Canals.

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Contact addresses

Destination Cleveland
334 Euclid Avenue
US-44114 Cleveland, Ohio
United States
(216) 875 66 80, (800) 321 10 01 (toll free within the US).
http://www.thisiscleveland.com Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
525 Vine Street, Suite 1500
US-45202 Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
(513) 621 21 42, (800) 543 26 13 (toll free within the US).
http://www.cincyusa.com Ohio Division of Parks and Recreation
2045 Morse Road, Building C
US-43229 Columbus, Ohio
United States
(614) 265 65 61 or (866)647 09 71.
http://ohiostateparks.reserveamerica.com Great Lakes USA

c/o TravelMarketing Romberg

Schwarzbachstraße 32
D-40822 Mettmann/Düsseldorf
(02104) 79 74 51.

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.30 (by phone).

Ohio Division of Travel & Tourism
77 South High Street, 29th Floor, PO Box 1001
US-43215 Columbus, Ohio
United States
(614) 466 88 44, (800) 282 53 93 (toll free within the US).



Columbus, the capital of the state, offers a wide range of museums. The Ohio Historical Center is well worth a visit. Here visitors can explore the history, archeology and natural history of the state. The collections of glass objects, ceramics and furniture are also interesting. A gallery is also available. Those who prefer to visit galleries will get their money’s worth in the Columbus Museum of Art. The exhibition focuses on European Impressionists and Post-Impressionists as well as masterpieces of German Expressionism. Affordable works by contemporary artists are in the Short North Gallery District to arise. The selection ranges from filigree glass sculptures to second-hand clothing. Performing arts are at home at the Wexner Center for the Arts, but the building itself is also known for its innovative architecture. The Ohio Village takes you back in time to before the Civil War, where you can see what daily life was like in a small town in those days. This is contrasted by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). Permanent and temporary exhibitions from the field of science with interactive technology await visitors on four floors. Thurber House is the restored building where writer and cartoonist James Thurber spent his childhood days.

Two of the most interesting neighborhoods are the German Village and the Brewery District. The former has been lovingly and lovingly restored and today offers architecturally interesting buildings, good restaurants and bars, German bakeries and bookstores. As the name suggests, the Brewery District is home to a number of old breweries. Today, however, these are home to restaurants, small, select shops and beer bars.

Those looking for relaxation can find it at the Franklin Park Conservatory Find. The glass building is divided into two sections, the first section houses tropical plants in a Victorian-style setting, the second section houses seven different ecosystems of the world, including tropical rainforest and desert.

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Located on Lake Erie, Cleveland is a huge industrial city where you can visit museums, a planetarium, art galleries and art exhibitions. The Cleveland Orchestra has a worldwide reputation. The concert season at Severance Hall runs from September to mid-May. In Ohio City, the oldest neighborhood in the west of the city, successful urban regeneration projects have been carried out. New restaurants and shops have sprung up, and the old houses from the late 18th century are gleaming in new splendour. European immigrants helped shape the city, and the many festivals and diverse restaurants are testament to the interesting cultural diversity that has survived to this day. Cleveland has one of the most important ports in the USA and is a major transport hub. Harbor tours are offered from June to September. The Public Square in the heart of the city is also worth seeing. Fascinating insight into the history of medicine can be found at the Howard Dittrick Museum of Historical Medicine. Art lovers should definitely do thisVisit the Cleveland Museum of Art in Wade Park, which includes excellent paintings by European masters. Cleveland has numerous parks in which to find tranquility. In June, the Jazz Festival ensures a good atmosphere.


Located on the Ohio River, Cincinnati is a dynamic city with excellent shopping and some cultural attractions. For a more relaxed experience, take canal cruises and excursions on the Ohio River. The 27th US President, Howard Taft, was born here and his birthplace can be visited. The Italianate-style John Hauck House was owned by an influential brewery owner. The interior with original furniture from the 19th century is worth seeing. The Cincinnati Art Museum has excellent collections of paintings, sculpture, prints and Asian art. The Contemporary Arts Center offers a wealth of paintings, sculptures and photographs. The various exhibitions are also interestingInstallation art and conceptual art as well as video art. The Freedom Center (Internet: www.freedomcenter.org ), a museum dedicated to the history of slavery in the USA, is new.
Conveniently located near Greater Cincinnati and Cleveland Hopkins International Airports, Cincinnati is an ideal home base for exploring Indiana and the beautiful bluegrass country of Lexington, Kentucky. A visit to the Kentucky Horse Center is recommended, where the visitor can get an insight into the training methods of a thoroughbred stud. Horse lovers will alsoKentucky Horse Park learn something new, this museum is dedicated to the four-legged friend. If you want, you can also climb into the saddle yourself. In Ohio itself, places to visit include Cedar Point on Lake Erie, Seaworld in Aurora, the tranquil islands of Lake Erie and the scenic Hocking Hills region of Logan.



The possibilities are almost unlimited due to the comprehensive range. Lebanon and Waynesville are known as the antique centers of the Midwest. Ohio is also the Amish state, and their handicrafts are mostly sold around Fredericksburg, Wayne County, and between Charm and Farmestown, Holmes County.



The Flats in Cleveland are known for their nightly entertainment. Columbus features the Short North District, the German Village and the Brewery District. Night owls will love Cincinnati’s The Wharf (Covington Landing) and the Oldenberg Brewery Complex.



Ohio’s cuisine is home-style, and portions are plentiful. Pork and beef in all possible variations are popular. Local specialties, mostly corn-based, include cornmeal mush (a fried breakfast dish made with corn, eggs, and milk), hominy (baby corn), and corn on the cob. Various fruit cakes and blackberries are particularly popular as desserts. The Amish are known for their ice cream, homemade granola (cereal), and sweet buns made with maple syrup and cinnamon. Beverages: Ohio’s tomato juice is legendary. Alcoholic beverages, Kentucky bourbon being very popular, are sold in state stores open Mon-Sat. Must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol. Cincinnati: The city offers a diverse cultural scene, starting with the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, through numerous theaters such as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati. Cleveland: More than 100 concerts, some of which are free, are scheduled for the season at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Don’t miss performances by the Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and Cleveland Ballet. The productions of the various theaters, including the Cleveland Public Theater and the Cleveland Playhouse, should also be on the program. Tickets for the various events can be booked through Avantix, Tel: (216) 241 64 44. Columbus: The Wexner Center for the Arts has a reputation for classical music concerts as well as dance and jazz.


Best travel time

Cold winters and hot summers.

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