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.
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.
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
32 counties are considered Appalachian counties
75 free state parks in Ohio
Holmes County is known for cabins and outdoor beauty
Tuscarawas County is home to ‘Little Switzerland’
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
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
Butler County Doughnut Trail
Ohio Ice Cream Trail
Made in Ohio
Jeep, Airstream, NFL footballs, airplane engines
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!