Aeria view of Toledo skyline and boat filled Maumee River at sunset on July 4 (photo by Toledo Aerial Media)

Ohio Road Trips: 50 Places to Visit This Year

Whether you want to explore one location or visit points of interest across the state, gas up with our guide to dozens of destinations to experience. 

The state of Ohio was made for road trips. Because you can get from one edge of it to the other over the course of an afternoon drive, exploring the diversity of places found in the Buckeye State makes for an easy and fulfilling adventure.

From destinations along Toledo’s inviting waterfront to the wealth of Ohio history contained within the city of Chillicothe and the food finds of Cincinnati’s dining scene to the forests, gorges and waterfalls that ring Greater Cleveland, there is much to explore from one end of our state to the other. You can also see out-of-the-ordinary train collections, catch a film at cool movie houses, play away the day at retro arcades and much more. 

Food spread at Mita’s in Cincinnati (photo by Gina Weathersby)
5 Must-Visit Cincinnati Restaurants for FoodiesThe city is home to a wealth of restaurants, and these spots show the variety and creativity its food scene offers. 

Crowd listening to tour guide at the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum in Sugarcreek (photo courtesy of Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum)
5 Incredible Train Collections in OhioTrain collections come in all sizes, from hand-carved masterpieces to a roundhouse that holds one man’s classic steam engines.

Couple walking near Edgewater Beach in Cleveland (photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks)
5 Must-See Cleveland Metroparks Reservations: This longstanding park system is a guardian of green space in northeast Ohio. Here are some of its most popular places. 

Burger, fries and beer at Bell Tower Brewing Co. in Kent (photo by Jessa Hendershot)
5 Ohio Breweries Built in Former Churches: Beer-makers have given these beautiful spaces a second life as places for friends and family to gather and raise a pint.

Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton (photo by Jeffrey Smith)
5 Places that Reflect Dayton’s Spirit of InnovationThe airplane is the most famous invention born here, but the city’s legacy of inspiring ideas runs deep. 

Melt Bar & Grilled’s Melt Challenge feature a 5-pound grilled cheese (photo from Melt Bar & Grilled Facebook page)
5 Ohio Food Challenge You Won’t BelieveIf you have the appetite to take on some of Ohio’s biggest food challenges, these meals will test your mettle.

Bridge at Glass City Metropark in Toledo (photo by Doug Hinebaugh)
5 Ways to Explore Toledo’s WaterfrontLocated where the Maumee River meets Lake Erie, this city makes for a great place to explore outdoor recreation and maritime history.

Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse in Columbus (photo courtesy of Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse)
5 Ohio Movie Houses for Film BuffsFrom classic theaters with long histories to newer spaces that offer places to congregate once the credits roll, these spots are winners.

Native American woman at Earthworks at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe (photo courtesy of National Park Service)
5 Ways to Explore History in Chillicothe: From the earthen mounds that served as a place of ceremony for Indigenous people to the city’s role as Ohio’s first capital.

Women playing pinball at Pinball Garage in Hamilton (photo courtesy of Travel Butler County)
5 Old-School Arcades in OhioWhether you love the kinetic thrill of pinball or the beeps and blips of ’80s arcade favorites, these spots are loaded with retro fun.