Ohio is a beautiful state in the Midwestern part of the United States. It is among the 50 states and the eighth largest by area, with a population of about 11.7 million, and is the tenth-largest and second-most densely populated state. Ohio’s top attractions are located in and around the Great lakes region. These include the popular tourist destinations of Coldsen Beach, Sandusky, Youngstown, Mentor, Avon, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton. The top Ohio attractions also include the Appalachian Trail, the beach beaches of Ashland, Beachwood, New Philadelphia and Sandusky, the historic French quarter of Cleveland, the world’s largest collection of outdoor art in Dayton, the world’s largest amusement park in Macomb, the historic towns of Mentor and Avon, the wildlife refuge near Oberlin and the world-famous Fall River Gorge.
Another prominent attraction in Ohio is the historic Kermit House, which was designed by Thomas Edison. This amazing house was restored in the modern style by the award-winning architecture firm of Le Corbusier & Associates, whose founder, Paul G. Le Corbusier II, was born in Ohio. The restored house is on the National Historic Landmark list and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ohio is also home to several important early cultures and attractions that are still present today: the Meeks Museum of Art, theWARE Institute, the Norton Museum, the Cedar Point Amusement Park, the Miami County Zoo, the Dayton Art Institute, the Cedar Hills Zoo, the Dayton Zoo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Woodland Sculpture Garden.
The Ohio State University is one of the top colleges in the country, known for its professors and rigorous research. One of these professors is Dr. George Zitounoff, who holds a doctorate in zoology. Dr. Zitounoff’s research focuses on animal behavior and has made important breakthroughs in his field. He is currently the Curator of Wildlife Biology at the zoo. His most recent discovery is that the alligator snapping turtle lives in Ohio!
Probably the most well-known Ohio attraction is the Dayton Art Institute. Established in 1938, the Dayton Art Institute has recently celebrated its centennial year in a very entertaining way. This museum is located on the south side of the famous southern Ohio interstate parkway. From the museum you can take a short walk to several restaurants, shops and other attractions.
If driving is not your thing but you still want to see the beautiful fall foliage of Ohio, the destination is the Scioto Wildflowers Center. The site has an indoor natural history museum with one thousand eleven exhibits devoted to the greenery of Ohio. The museum has a nature center with over forty exhibits, including a life-size replicas of a forest, maple trees, wildflowers, rare plants and animals. On the website for current pricing and additional information on scheduled garden tours.
North of Columbus and between the towns of Vermilion and Ashford are a new visitor attraction called the Vermilion Flyway. The Vermilion Flyway runs twenty-one miles between Ashford and Columbus. On the drive you will encounter over forty species of birds, including two species of endangered Ohio spotted fly. The entire drive is part of the Ohio State Highway and is part of the Appalachian Trail National Heritage Area. The museum also includes interpretive exhibits, maps, an audio tour of the area, and information about Ohio wildflowers.
In Ashford, just east of Ashford is another roadside attraction called C&M TrailRiders. This is a nonprofit organization that has bicycle enthusiasts load their bicycles with picnic supplies, hot dogs, ice creams, and lunches. If you are not interested in cycling or do not have your own bicycle, this is a great way to spend an afternoon along the Ohio state route.
Roadside attractions in Ohio are varied and interesting. Many of these roadside attractions are educational and entertaining. If you are traveling through Ohio, especially the cities of Cleveland, Columbus, Ashford, Mentor, Vermilion, and Youngstown, you will want to make sure that you stop at some of these interesting destinations. So, plan your trip to Ohio accordingly and be prepared to see some of the wacky and unusual things that can take place in this beautiful state.