Oftentimes, many in Ohio look out-of-state for unusual and fun vacation destinations, without realizing that Ohio has a booming tourism industry with many unique options right here at home. It’s incredible what special places you can find in your home state after a little research. In fact, tourism is a major economic driver for the state as a $44 billion industry. In 2017, Ohio welcomed 219 million visitors, most of which come from within a day's drive.
Northeast Ohio itself has so many diverse options, from enjoying the shores of Lake Erie to experiencing the renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It boasts a number of local and state parks, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio’s only national park. With the Cuyahoga River winding throughout, the park offers guests camping, hiking, kayaking, and many other opportunities. Northeast Ohio is especially intriguing, an equal mix of city and countryside. From the “Rubber Capital of the World” to sprawling Cleveland, there is much and more to discover.
There is also a lot to do in Akron and Summit County as a whole. With its rich culture, those from around the state can learn about local artists at the Akron Art Museum or the Summit Artspace. It’s easy to make a day of it by finding a hometown restaurant at which to eat and finishing with a show at the Akron Civic Theatre. Further, you can learn more about your hometown by checking out some historical homes. In Akron, the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens—the former estate of the cofounder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company—is open for tours, where you can learn about what life was like when the manor was first built at the beginning of the century.
Outside from our neck of the woods, Ohio is an incredible state with many places to explore over a long weekend. From the top roller coasters in the world to cabins and trails down in Hocking Hills, I am continuously impressed by what you can find to do right here at home. By committing to spending more time studying where we come from, Ohio as a state can continue to reap the benefits.