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#1 Cincinnati

Known as the "Paris of America", Cincinnati is a beautiful city located on the northern bank of Ohio river. The city is home to major sports teams and tallest building including 665 feet Queen City Square and Carew Tower. Downtown Cincinnati is popular for many top attractions. Places to visit and things to do include Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Art Museum, Fountain Square, and Carew Tower Observation Deck.

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#2 Cleveland

Located along the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is the 2nd largest city of Ohio. Known as "The Forest City", Cleveland is the most popular tourist destination of Ohio. The city offers plenty of things to do and attractions for all ages. Cleveland is home to the largest performing arts center Playhouse Square and The Cleveland Orchestra. With 6,000 years of ancient art, Cleveland Museum of Art is another top attraction. Top places to visit include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Zoo, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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#3 Columbus

Columbus is the state capital and popular tourist getaway. The city is home to the largest Ohio State University. The city has many tallest buildings including the 41-story Rhodes State Office Tower and 47-story LeVeque Tower. Columbus is also home of many performing arts center. Places to visit and family attractions include Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus Museum of Art, and Ohio Statehouse.

Hocking Hills State Park
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#4 Hocking Hills State Park

Located in the Hocking Hills Region, Hocking Hills State Park is a popular tourist attractions. The park is known for its 25 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, and rock formations. It includes seven separate hiking areas: Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Conkle's Hollow, Old Man's Cave, Rock House and Hemlock Bridge Trail to Whispering Cave. Park offers campgrounds, picnic areas, dining, overnight lodge, zip line, and archery range. Fishing is also allowed at the 17-acre Rose Lake. Canoeing, kayaking, boating, rafting, and rock climbing are popular activities of the area.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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#5 Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves native plants and wildlife in Northeast Ohio. The park features over 125 miles of hiking trails, forests, rolling hills, narrow ravines, wetlands, rivers, and about 100 waterfalls. The 65-foot Brandywine Falls is most popular and the tallest waterfall in the park. Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers many outdoor activities: hiking, biking, paddling the river, golfing, picnicking, fishing, horse trails, and winter sports.

Cedar Point Amusement Park
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#6 Cedar Point Amusement Park

Located on a Lake Erie in Sandusky, Cedar Point is a popular amusement park. The park features outdoor Cedar Point Shores water park, indoor Castaway Bay water park, and number of rides including 17 roller coasters. With many thrill rides, family rides, Children rides, and Water rides Cedar Point offers fun for everyone. The amusement park also offers vacation packages with access to the mile long Cedar Point Beach along Lake Erie and park.

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#7 Canton

Located south of Cleveland, Canton is known as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the birthplace of the National Football League (NFL). The city is a popular tourist attraction for its museums, historic sites, and live music. Things to do and fun family activities include Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, Canton Museum of Art, First Ladies National Historic Site, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton Classic Car Museum, and William McKinley National Memorial.

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#8 Dayton

Known as the "Gem City", Dayton is the 6th largest city of Ohio. The city is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Dayton has world class performing arts center Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center and the city is also home venue of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Ballet. Best places to visit and things to do include National Museum of the United States Air Force, Carillon Historical Park, National Aviation Hall of Fame, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and America's Packard Museum.

Lake Erie Islands
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#9 Lake Erie Islands

Lake Erie Islands are chain of about 36 popular islands in Lake Erie with 14 in Ohio. Popular tourist attractions include include Kelleys Island, Erie Island, Pelee Island, the Bass Islands. Most of the islands can be access by car ferries while some has small airports. Kelleys Island beaches are known for swimming, boating, camping, wildlife viewing and fishing. South Bass Island, also known as the "Key West of Lake Erie" is a popular tourist destination. It is the third largest island in the Lake Erie Islands.

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#10 Toledo

Toledo on the west bank of the Maumee River is one of the largest city of Ohio. Known as "The Glass City", the city has large collection of glass art in Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo is home to many performing arts centers including The Toledo Opera, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and the Toledo Ballet. Toledo Symphony Orchestra is known for hosting international orchestras. Places to visit and fun things to do for family includes Toledo Zoo, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Botanical Garden, Imagination Station, and National Museum of the Great Lakes.

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