Although I have a well-traveled passport with numerous trips to all continents but Antartica, I'm going to be the first to admit that I haven't visited all fifty states. That's why I asked a peer travel writer, lover of rock music, and self-proclaimed coffee addict, Erik Davidson, to share with us his insider travel tips and adventure recommendations for his home state of Ohio.
Let's dive into Ohio with Erik's How to Rock an Adventure in Ohio!
Now you may not scream Ohio when someone asks you where your next adventure in the US will be, but smart travelers don't rule this state out. In fact, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there are some other fabulous sites to see as well. You can find out more in the post below.
Of course, there are many towns and cities in the state of Ohio, and one of the most famous is Cleveland. It's a modern city with a lot of interesting architecture that reflects this contemporary feel, including the spectacular glass building that houses the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
If you have never been before, be prepared to be wowed by many fabulous exhibits including the world famous Rock Hall where pictures of the most iconic musicians are housed, including those of John Lennon, Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Frank Zappa among others.
In addition, there are specialist temporary exhibits that ONLY run for short periods of time. Currently, these include offerings on John Cougar Mellencamp and The King Himself, Elvis.
However, if you are looking for something that contrasts with this well, why not head over to the West Side Market? There you will find a substantial historic building first opened in 1912 that is home to a plethora of stalls that sell fine and gourmet food, making it a treat for the senses.
Now, it's not only the bigger cities that have plenty of to offer in Ohio, in fact, the smaller town of Jacksonville, not to be configured with the one of the same name in Indiana, is definitely worth a visit.
Located south of Cleveland, Jacksonville is a great place to stay over when visiting the world famous Ohio Caverns, and you will find many hotels like the Baymont by Wyndham Washington Court House that are reasonably priced. The best ones even have indoor pools so you can embrace a vacation mood no matter what time year you stay.
When visiting the Caverns, you will find that this 34-acre site is home to a network of underground caves, in which are located many unusual and strange rock and mineral formations. Of course, it's not the only pull to this spot either as they have recently installed an attraction that lets you mine for gemstones in the traditional panning fashion. What could be more fun than that?
The next destination you should consider in Ohio is Columbus, which is another large city in the state, where you will find plenty to see and do within its boundaries.
In particular, the COSI Columbus is a popular location for both young and old alike. Perhaps it has something to do with the interactive science exhibits and the planetarium where you can go on a star safari or get all your question on deep space answered?
Of course, if you are looking for some more outdoor adventures, then the strip of land named Scioto Greenway is your best bet. It runs alongside the Scioto River and is beautifully lit at night. Something that makes it an excellent place for walking, or if you are feeling particularly energetic, going for a run.
**Post contributed by Erik Johnson, a travel writer with an adventurous spirit and an affinity for good rock music and a strong cup of coffee.**