There's something for everyone in Ohio, with its cities, parks, lakes, rivers, forest-covered hills, and caverns. A network of seven major interstate highways puts everything within easy reach, and when you exit off one of these expressways, you'll likely find yourself driving along peaceful, tree-lined roads. Look out for horsedrawn buggies in the Amish country southwest of Canton.
Ohio has recreation spots galore for visitors, including 72 state parks, most of them with campgrounds, some with cabins, and seven with luxury lodges. More than 100 lakes spread across the state, offering swimming, boating, and fishing. Nine ski resorts also dot the state. Theme parks such as Kings Island, near Cincinnati; Sea World of Ohio, near Cleveland; Cedar Point in Sandusky; and Geauga Lake in Aurora, are major family vacation destinations.
Canoeing is a favorite pastime. One of the best spots for this is the area around Loudonville in the north-central region, where four rivers and three lakes link up. Beaches and resorts extend along Lake Erie with water trips here, too. Boats carry passengers daily to the islands in Lake Erie. You can cruise the Ohio River at Cincinnati or Marietta.
Forests cover more than one-fourth of Ohio, largely in the south. Twisting, hilly roads meander through a scenic territory that includes cliffs, caves, lakes, gorges, and waterfalls. There are plenty of hiking trails here. Hocking Hills State Park near Logan is a great spot for a fall foliage tour.
Numerous earthen structures of prehistoric mound-building Indians are preserved in central and southern Ohio. Serpent Mound, a gigantic figure of clay and stone curving a quarter of a mile across the land, is the largest Indian effigy in the world.
Much of Ohio's vitality springs from its seven major cities. All have numerous cultural activities that attract vacationers--art galleries, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras.