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Introduction

Cincinnati skyline, Ohio ©Ibagli

Located to the south of Lake Erie, Ohio is the easternmost of the Great Lake states and one of the most industrialised regions in the country. Railroads, the Ohio River and the ports on Lake Erie, as well as the construction of the Erie-Ohio Canal linking the two waterways, aided the state's development as a major manufacturing centre, combined with abundant natural resources that enabled its cities to become important centres of industry. However most of the industry is clustered around the Ohio River to the east.


Although dominated by its three main cities, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, and all that they have to offer now that they have successfully been rejuvenated, the most visited destinations in the state are the sandy shores of the Lake Erie Islands with a wide range of recreational activities including boating, fishing, swimming, as well as numerous historical sites and nature areas.


Despite its association with industry and pollution, the state of Ohio is mostly covered in fertile farmland, and the northeast is home to the world's largest Amish population, a decidedly old-fashioned community who sell their freshly grown produce along with traditional handmade crafts in the small town country shops. To the south lies Ohio's outback, a less populated region that is heavily forested and can best be experienced in Wayne National Forest.


Climate Info

Ohio's climate ranges from one extreme to the other with summer temperatures reaching up to 90°F (32°C) with some slight humidity. Thunderstorms and light rain can be expected in the late spring and early summer, while tornadoes can occur any time between spring and autumn. September is warm and sunny and some of the world's most beautiful foliage can be found in Ohio at this time of year. October is cool with evening temperatures dropping to around 40°F (4-6°C). Winters are cold with plenty of snow in Northern Ohio round Lake Erie while the southern part of the state experiences slightly warmer temperatures.


Getting Around

Hiring a car is perhaps the easiest way to get around Cleveland, as the city is laid out in a simple-to-navigate grid pattern. The city is served by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), a bus and rail system that offers good service around the city, although coverage in outlying areas is sparse. Tourists will want to take advantage of the Bus Rapid Transit's HealthLine, which runs along Euclid Avenue and connects many of Cleveland's popular tourist attractions. Taxis are expensive and must be booked in advance by phone.


Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

LocationThe airport is situated nine miles (14km) southwest of Cleveland.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 216 265 6000.

Getting to city

Taxis, shuttles and limos operate at the airport. Taxis can be found at the orange wall located at the south end of the baggage claim, adjacent to Carousel 11. The RTA provides a regular train service between the airport and downtown Cleveland via the Tower City Station, which departs every 15 minutes and takes less than 30 minutes. The train station is on the lower level of the main terminal. Hotel shuttles can be called from the hotel courtesy phones in the baggage claim area.

Car Rental

Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, Enterprise, Thrifty and National. The consolidated car rental facility can be reached by a shuttle bus, which departs from the door across from baggage claim 7.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available outside the baggage claim level of the airport. Flat rates based on distance are charged, and basic fares are $15 for up to five miles (8km), $26 for up to 10 miles (16km), $36 for up to 15 miles (24km), and $47 for up to 20 miles (32km). A $1 fuel surcharge is added to all fares. Meter rates apply at night.

Airport Facilities

Facilities include ATMs and currency exchange, restaurants, bars, lounges, an interfaith centre, child facilities, mail services, shops and tourist information.

Car Parking

Short and long-term parking is available. Daily rates start at $13 in the orange Lot and $9 a day in the brown lot.

Websitewww.clevelandairport.com


John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)

LocationThe airport is situated six miles (10km) northeast of Columbus.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Tel: +1 614 239 4000.

Getting to city

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) buses run to destinations throughout the city. Express Route 52 connects the airport to Ohio State University, while the 92 Crosstown bus has service to the Easton Transit Centre. The AirConnect service provides a direct trasnfer between the airport and Downtown Columbus, costing $2.75 per ride. Tickets for this service can be purchased by credit or debit card at the bus stop near the taxi station.

Car Rental

Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available for hire 24-hours a day in the ground transportation area of the terminal. Taxis are metered, and the average cost to downtown Columbus is between $23 and $28.

Airport Facilities

The airport is easily accessible to disabled passengers. There is an excellent choice of restaurants and shops; other facilities include ATMs, wifi, charging stations, a meditation room, an airport information desk and a lost and found service.

Car Parking

Both short and long-term parking is available at John Glenn International Airport. Long-term parking costs $5 to $10 per day depending upon the parking lot.

Websitewww.flycolumbus.com


Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

LocationThe airport is situated 13 miles (21km) south of downtown Cincinnati.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Contacts

Airport Admin: +1 859 767 3151.

Getting to city

TANK public bus services are available between the airport and downtown Cincinnati and Covington seven days a week. Executive Transportation offers a shuttle service that can take passengers directly to hotels and other locations in downtown Cincinnati and Covington for a fee.

Car Rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. Courtesy phones are available in the baggage reclaim areas, and shuttles transport customers to the rental companies.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available from the curb outside the baggage claim area. An average fare to downtown Cincinnati is around $34.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include ATMs, a bank and currency exchange facilities, restaurants, shops (including duty-free), lounges, smoking lounges, shoeshine service, information desks and a chapel. The airport is easily accessible to disabled passengers.

Car Parking

There are numerous parking facilities at the airport, including the attached Terminal Garage ($3 per hour), the ValuPark lot ($8 per day), which is connected to the terminal via shuttle, and the Curbside Valet parking option ($24 per day).

Websitewww.cvgairport.com


Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)

LocationThe airport is located between Akron and Canton, about 15 miles (24km) southeast of Akron.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

The Akron Metro bus service is available from the airport to the city centre and to a number of other nearby towns and cities. Taxi services and rental cars are also available.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise and National.

Airpor Taxis

A number of taxi companies operate from the airport, with most accepting both cash and major credit cards. Taxis are metered.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include restaurants, fast food outlets, free wifi, shops, a business centre, massage chairs, and a children's play area.

Car Parking

Short-term parking at Akron-Canton Airport costs roughly $1 per half hour, up to $15 per day, while weekly rates are available in the long-term ($66 per week) and economy ($42 per week) parking lots. There is a free waiting area for drivers picking up or dropping off passengers.

Websitewww.akroncantonairport.com


James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY)

LocationThe airport is located 10 miles (16km) north of central Dayton.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to city

RTA Route 43 connects the airport to downtown Dayton. Note that Sunday services are limited.

Car Rental

Car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area, and include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Airpor Taxis

Taxis are available between 7am and midnight, and can be booked via the Taxi Starter booth directly in front of the terminal.

Airport Facilities

Terminal facilities include an information centre, lost and found, business centre, post office, shoeshine service, massage chairs, charging stations, ATMs, pay phones, vending machines, postal and FedEx shipping services, several restaurants and bars, a book store and newsagent, as well as a number of other shops.

Car Parking

The parking garage, located adjacent to the terminal, costs $2 per half hour up to a daily maximum of $18. The Short-Term Lot is free for the first 30 minutes, then charges at $3 per hour, with a $24 daily limit. The Long-Term Lot is $2 per hour up to $14 per day. The Economy Lot, connected to the terminal via shuttle, has a $4.95 flat rate and a weekly rate of $34.65.

Websitewww.daytonairport.com


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


The term 'rock and roll' was coined by Cleveland DJ Alan Freed in the early 1950s, and it is partly for this reason that Cleveland won the fiercely contested honour of becoming home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei as an 'echo of the energy of ro
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ©Derek Jensen



Great Lakes Science Center


Located on the lakefront, the glass facade of the Great Lakes Science Center makes it a perfect match to the adjacent glass pyramid-shaped structure of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is one of the largest science museums in the country with 375 exciting interactive exhibits that expl
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Great Lakes Science Center ©Mike Russell



Cedar Point Amusement Park


Cedar Point Amusement Park, located in Sandusky Ohio just outside of Cleveland, is a paradise for roller coaster lovers. Named 'Best Amusement Park in the World' many times over, it is the only park to have four roller coasters taller than 200 feet (61m), and the only amusement park of i
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Cedar Point Amusement Park ©Stratosphere



Progressive Field


Home to the Cleveland Indians baseball team, Progressive Field is a beautiful outdoor stadium in downtown Cleveland. Built in 1994, Progressive Field (formerly known as Jacobs Field) was voted the best major league ballpark by Sports Illustrated in 2008. Catching an Indians game is a gre
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Progressive Field ©Jsawczuk



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