The Best Places to Visit in Ohio's Major Cities
The Biggest Cities in Ohio
Ohio provides millions of people with historical landmarks, cultural entertainment and scenic nature sites to visit every year. Whether you are making a trip at the height of summer or the middle of winter, statewide attractions give you plenty to explore indoors and outside.
Dayton KOA Holiday's location puts you close to some of the biggest cities in western Ohio, making it the ideal location for a vacation rental, if you like camping or traveling with your RV. When you make your reservation here, see if you can fit any of these can't-miss cities on your travel agenda.
You simply can't make a list of major cities in Ohio without including the capital city and most populous area, Columbus. It is located right in the center of the state, where you can witness the Olentangy and Scioto rivers meeting. Thanks to its vast districts that schools, museums, art collections and businesses call home, young people, families and professionals alike rank this city as one of their favorites.
Some of the largest draws people find to Columbus include:
- The Ohio State University: Columbus holds OSU's main campus, where just under 60,000 graduate and undergraduate students study, making it one of the largest colleges in the country.
- Columbus Museum of Art: Experience the best in American and European art at the city's most popular museum. Along with its constantly rotating exhibition options, the building features a statue garden and incredible, edible creations at the on-site Schokko Café.
- The Center of Science and Industry (COSI): If STEM-related fields are more your speed, check out any of COSI's hundreds of interactive displays, including life-size dinosaurs and a planetarium that people of every age can appreciate.
In the southwest corner of the state along the Ohio River's northern bank lies the gorgeous, sprawling metropolis of Cincinnati. Also known as the “Queen City,” Cincinnati features an incredible skyline full of theaters, museums, gardens and top-rated universities and schools.
Cincinnati also has a culture all of its own. When you are in the area, be sure to take the time to try the city's famous chili, perhaps while on your way to see one of Cincinnati's world-class sports teams. The Cincinnati Reds have the unique distinction of being the first baseball team in the United States, bringing one of America's favorite pastimes to the big leagues, literally. If you prefer football, the NFL's Bengals team calls Cincinnati home, as well.
Anywhere you go in the city, you are likely to find references to the Flying Pig, which remains something of a mascot reminiscent of Cincinnati's days as the top pork packaging hub in the country. Over time, residents and tourists have also noted an increase in outdoor murals along their favorite buildings in the city, thanks to a youth art initiative encouraging young artists to turn the city into its own gallery.
Dayton is a national and international hub for all things aviation. The Wright brothers put the city on the world map, inventing and patenting their tools within the city limits. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park features a number of sites around the city dedicated to their work, like the Wright Brothers Museum and Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where the brothers honed and perfected their flying skills. Dayton is also home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Aside from aviation, Dayton is particularly well-known for its connection to the performing arts world. You will find your choice of ballets, plays, operas and orchestras year-round at the University of Dayton and the Schuester Performing Arts Center. If you want to relax during your vacation to this Ohio city, consider checking out the Dayton Ale Trail and booking a ticket for the NCAA® First Four® or Winter Guard International.
Rest up at Dayton KOA Holiday
With all these incredible cities to vacation in Ohio, coming up with some ideas of what to do should be simple. And if you like to start and end your days in some of the most beautiful nature the area has to offer, consider making a reservation at Dayton KOA Holiday. Bring your tent, check out our RV Sites or take a look at the various lodging options and experience camping comfortably. You can even bring your pet.
KOA Holidays are all about making camping fun. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, you will find plenty to keep you occupied, even if you decide to avoid the biggest cities in Ohio. Unique amenities at our Dayton campground include spaces for playing basketball, soccer, volleyball, horseshoes and cornhole, hiking trails, gem mining, themed weekends and planned activities, so there is always something to keep you moving.
Traveling to the city does not mean you should sacrifice time outside. Action-packed vacations to Ohio cities are the perfect excuse to reconnect with nature. Make a reservation for your next trip at Dayton KOA Holiday.