33 days in Ohio Itinerary

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Cincinnati
— 6 nights
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Portsmouth
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 6 nights
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Youngstown
— 6 nights
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Cleveland
— 6 nights
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Toledo
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Cincinnati — 6 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ghost & Vampire Tours and Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Ancient State Memorial (in Oregonia), Lebanon (Balloon Rides & Glendower Historic Mansion and Arboretum) and Dayton (Dayton Art Institute, National Museum of the US Air Force, &more). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get to know the resident critters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, and get a new perspective on nature at Cincinnati Museum Center.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cincinnati trip itinerary builder app.

Birmingham to Cincinnati is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in November, expect Cincinnati to be little chillier, temps between 54°F and 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Portsmouth.
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Portsmouth — 3 nights

Portsmouth is a city in and the county seat of Scioto County, Ohio, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Portsmouth: White Gravel Mines (in Minford), Fort Hill State Memorial (in Hillsboro) and The Highlands Nature Sanctuary (in Bainbridge - Ross County). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Portsmouth Floodwall Mural, look for all kinds of wild species at The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, stop by Ghosts in the Attic, and immerse yourself in nature at Shawnee State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Portsmouth trip planner.

Getting from Cincinnati to Portsmouth by car takes about 2 hours. December in Portsmouth sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Columbus.
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Columbus — 6 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Attractions like Room Escape Games and Ash Cave make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Rockbridge), Blue Valley Massage (in Logan) and Sherman House Museum (in Lancaster). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, stop by Arena District, get engrossed in the history at Ohio History Center, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Columbus online travel planner.

You can drive from Portsmouth to Columbus in 2 hours. Traveling from Portsmouth in December, expect nights in Columbus to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Youngstown.
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Youngstown — 6 nights

Youngstown is a city in and the county seat of Mahoning County in the U.S. state of Ohio, with small portions extending into Trumbull County. Family-friendly places like The Butler Institute of American Art and OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Youngstown: Western Reserve Greenway (in Ashtabula), Lisbon (Guilford Lake State Park & Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail) and AAA I-76 Antique Mall (in Ravenna). On the 15th (Thu), spend a day ambling around Mill Creek Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Warther Museum, don't miss a visit to The Upton House, visit Historic Ridgewood, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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Drive from Columbus to Youngstown in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Cleveland.
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Cleveland — 6 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Attractions like Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Rocky River Reservation make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Cleveland's surroundings by going to Akron (Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, &more), Grand Pacific Junction Historic Shopping District (in Olmsted Falls) and Medina (Castle Noel & Root Candles). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, contemplate the long history of Heinen's Downtown, and admire the sheer force of Brandywine Falls.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cleveland road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Youngstown to Cleveland takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Toledo.
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Toledo — 5 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Family-friendly places like Toledo Museum of Art and National Museum of the Great Lakes will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Toledo: Castalia Quarry Reserve (in Castalia), Ottawa County Museum (in Port Clinton) and Collier (Howard) State Nature Preserve (in Tiffin). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Imagination Station, stroll around Olander Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Metroparks of the Toledo Area, and explore the engaging exhibits at Mazza Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Toledo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Toledo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cleveland in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toledo, with lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Ohio travel guide

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The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.
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