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Ohio mapFirst explored by the French in 1669, Ohio territory was controlled by the British following the French and Indian Wars and finally acquired by the U.S. following the Revolution in 1783.

A few years later, Ohio had its first permanent settlement in Marietta.

The state later went on to boast a record number of U.S. presidents born or reared in Ohio than in any other state (earning the nickname, “The Mother of Presidents") with presidential boyhood homes in Ohio figuring prominently in the state's multi-billion dollar travel industry.

Today, other top tourist draws include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, and the 33,000 acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron. Summer also brings visitors by the thousands to one of America's top theme parks, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky featuring 17 roller coasters and top-rated water rides.

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Top tourist attractions in Ohio include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (left);
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (middle); and Cedar Park Amusement Park in Sandusky (right).

At any time of year, major cultural attractions found throughout the state include the Cincinnati Museum Center that encompasses local history, a science center, and an interactive kids' museum. More family-friendly attractions in town include the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden featuring a 4D theater (3D films with wind, mist and other effects that will wow kids of all ages.)

If traveling through the north central part of Ohio, also don't miss a visit to Amish country in Berlin (the largest Amish population in the US) where the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center will get you up to speed on local life and culture.

DID YOU KNOW? Ohio Travel Fun Facts

A tiskit, a tasket, a really big basket.

• Famous people born in Ohio include director Steven Spielberg, actors Paul Newman and Clark Gable, and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the US and the second largest in the world after Munich.

• Ohio is the original home of Lifesavers candy, Teflon, Gorilla Glue, Samuel Adams beer, the Tommy gun, and the nation's first baseball team - the Cincinnati Reds organized in 1869.

• First sighted along the shores of Sandusky, “Bessie” is a giant serpent that reportedly lives in Lake Erie.

• Ohio holds the record for the world’s largest basket (photo, above right), the Longaberger Company headquarters building in Newark. It is seven stories high.

also see -> Christmas in Ohio | Ohio Lakes & Beaches | Ohio Campgrounds

Ohio Fall Foliage | Ohio Outlet Malls


More about Ohio travel & tourism around the Web:

Ohio - Find It Here - News & travel updates, event calendar plus a complete guide to the state including major attractions, hotels & restaurants, family fun, free newsletter, pictures, interactive maps.

Cleveland Ohio Visitors Guide - The TripSavvy guide to all things Cleveland with information on what else to do and see, hotel & restaurant suggestions, neighborhood guides, maps, directions.

Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau - Hotels & restaurants, major & nearby attractions, current & upcoming events, interactive maps, weather information.

Columbus, Ohio Travel Guide - Lots of color and Flash at this, the official Columbus travel site featuring major attractions, online hotel booking, entertainment events, interactive maps.

Akron/Summit Visitors Bureau - Complete information on major & nearby attractions, hotels & restaurants, maps, directions, city services, pictures & video tour.

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