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Columbus — 4 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Attractions like Room Escape Games and Ash Cave make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbus: Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth), Zipline (in Rockbridge) and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (in Powell). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Hocking Hills State Park, explore the galleries of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and look for gifts at Helen Winnemore's.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Columbus trip builder tool.

Arusha, Tanzania to Columbus is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 8 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Arusha in November; daily highs in Columbus reach 52°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Cincinnati.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
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Cincinnati — 5 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Bring the kids along to National Museum of the US Air Force and Ghost & Vampire Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cincinnati: Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & Boonshoft Museum of Discovery). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and have some family-friendly fun at Purrfect Day Cafe Covington.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati trip website.

Getting from Columbus to Cincinnati by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sandusky.
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Sandusky — 2 nights

Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Ferguson's Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeview Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Port Clinton Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Merry-Go-Round Museum, then make a splash at Kalahari Waterparks, and finally steep yourself in history at Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sandusky trip builder tool.

Getting from Cincinnati to Sandusky by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Sandusky, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cleveland.
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Cleveland — 6 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Family-friendly places like Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Cleveland Museum of Art will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Cleveland side-trips: Akron (F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, &more), Warther Museum (in Dover) and Gazebo & Green, Hudson (in Hudson). There's still lots to do: stroll around Rocky River Reservation, have fun and explore at OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology, hunt for treasures at West Side Market, and examine the collection at Castle Noel.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sandusky to Cleveland in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Toledo.
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Toledo — 3 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Toledo Museum of Art and Imagination Station. Take a break from Toledo with a short trip to BGSU Planetarium in Bowling Green, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Toledo Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Toledo Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Maumee Bay State Park, and take in the views from Veteran's Glass City Skyway.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Toledo road trip planning website.

Drive from Cleveland to Toledo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Toledo when traveling from Cleveland in December, with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Ohio travel guide

The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.