One of the beauties of living in Columbus is that there are hundreds fantastic places to visit both in the state of Ohio and around the northeast. Many Big attractions, major cities, beaches and historic sites such as Chicago, Washington DC and other places are often a 6 hour drive or less. But why not stay close by when Columbus is only a short drive from many of Ohio’s best sites and vacation spots? Load up the family, friends and the cooler, because we have some fantastic Springtime Road trips that are just a short jaunt from Columbus.
Cincinnati – 2 hours
Cincinnati may not seem like such a far off adventure, but this nearby city is chalk full of interesting things to do. In fact, you could spend days looking at the museums alone. These include the Cincinnati Fine Art Museum, the Underground railroad freedom center, The American Sign museum and the natural history museum.
You can also spend a day at the Newport Aquarium spying sea life from around the world. If you are more of a land lover, stroll through the Cincinnati Zoo or stop and smell the flowers at the Botanic Garden. It is also well worth a visit for the restaurants and sports attractions that also call this city home.
Amish Country – 1 hour and 45 minutes from Columbus
Get away from the noise and stress of urban life and spend some time enjoying nature and the farm life in Berlin Ohio. As many of you know, this area of the state is home to Ohio’s Amish community and is a hub for antiquing and shopping for quality handcrafted furniture and other goods. You can also enjoy other rustic pleasures such as cheese houses, bed and breakfasts and horseback riding.
For the adventurer, this area also has plenty of our door activities to partake in. These include but aren’t limited to hiking and biking trails perfect for any weekend warrior as well as many other outdoor activities to try.
Ohio’s wine Country – across the state
Mark your calendars; spring is the perfect time to start your Ohio wine excursion. Ohio has more than 100 vineyards and wineries specializing in Rieslings, Chardonnays, Vidal Blancs and several other varieties. Stop by one of the dozens of festivals throughout the year celebrating all things wine. There are even designated routes for each wine region in the state all offering something a little bit different. Some of the vineyards up by Lake Erie are a perfect place to start.