Ohio Tourism | Exploring the Midwest Broadcast Episode 14

Last Updated on May 6, 2021 by Jody Halsted

The final state focused episode of the Exploring the Midwest broadcast with guest is Matt MacLaren, Ohio State Tourism director.

Ohio is a state that I have only passed through. It is the furthest Midwest state from me, and it’s a little more than a day trip. So I’m really excited to learn more about Ohio tourism.

Ohio Misconceptions

There’s the whole Iowa – Ohio – Idaho kind of confusion, and the States all could not be more different. Are there any other things that you think people maybe get wrong about Ohio?

When people come to Ohio, they have a great experience and they learn that we have so much to offer. Or as we like to say in Ohio, you can find it here. We have something for everyone.

Ohio. Find It Here. What does that say about the state?

Ohio. Find it Here is the experience. It’s the joy, the happiness, the excitement of a trip to Ohio.

Marblehead Lighthouse_ Ohio Tourism
Marblehead Lighthouse

Ohio Travel Highlights

Lake Erie, one of the great lakes on the North, and actually the one that has more fish than any other of the great lakes.

City experiences, incredible cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, and Akron.

Epic events. In 2021 Ohio is hosting the NFL draft in Cleveland that happens on April 29th. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions in Cleveland, the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions in Canton, and then the Solheim Cup, which is only in the United States every couple of years, is in Toledo this year.

Ohio’s Distinct Areas

Yellow Covered Bridge

32 counties are considered Appalachian counties

Central Plains
75 free state parks in Ohio

Amish Country
Holmes County is known for cabins and outdoor beauty
Tuscarawas County is home to ‘Little Switzerland’

Ohio Adventures

Rock & Ride road trip includes Cedar Point, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Ohio State Reformatory

Family Fun road trip includes Columbus Zoo, Ohio Caverns and Kings Island

Other road trips include Foodies Road Trip, Charming Towns and To the Moon and Back

Wellington Ohio

Ohio City Sights

Ohio has 8 professional sports teams; you can see hockey, baseball, basketball, football, soccer…

In Cleveland take a photo with the sign. Also visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lake Science Center.

Columbus is the state capital. Take a tour of the State House. Beautiful state college campus. Arts and great restaurants.

Ohio Food Trails

Amish Country winery

Butler County Doughnut Trail

Ohio Ice Cream Trail

Made in Ohio

Jeep, Airstream, NFL footballs, airplane engines

Hocking HIlls

Plan Your Ohio Adventure

Ohio has a very robust website – it is very easy to explore by category, interests, location… and of course people can view the current Ohio travel guide or order a print copy online at Ohio.org

If you live in Ohio- or very near by be sure to join Tonya Prater’s Day Trips in Ohio Facebook Group!

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