22 days in Ohio Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Ohio trip itinerary planner
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Columbus
— 4 nights
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Cincinnati
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sandusky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cleveland
— 6 nights
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Toledo
— 3 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Explore Columbus' surroundings by going to Ash Cave (in Logan), Zipline (in Rockbridge) and Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Hocking Hills State Park, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Catholic Art and History, engage your brain at COSI Center of Science and Industry, and take in nature's colorful creations at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Columbus trip maker.

Arusha, Tanzania to Columbus is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Columbus is minus 8 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Arusha in December: high temperatures in Columbus hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cincinnati.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Museum of the US Air Force and Carillon Historical Park. Change things up with a short trip to Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, get a new perspective on nature at Cincinnati Museum Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and cool off at Coney Island.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Cincinnati road trip planner.

Drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cincinnati can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Sandusky.
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Sandusky — 2 nights

Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Ferguson's Gallery and then stroll through Lakeview Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Port Clinton Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Merry-Go-Round Museum, then cool off at Kalahari Waterparks, and finally contemplate the long history of Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Sandusky trip planner.

Getting from Cincinnati to Sandusky by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Sandusky sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Cleveland Museum of Art and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cleveland: Akron (F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, &more), Warther Museum (in Dover) and Gazebo & Green, Hudson (in Hudson). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, stroll around Rocky River Reservation, explore the engaging exhibits at OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology, and admire the masterpieces at The Butler Institute of American Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cleveland travel planning tool.

You can drive from Sandusky to Cleveland in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. December in Cleveland sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (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. Family-friendly places like Toledo Zoo and Imagination Station will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Toledo to Bowling Green to see BGSU Planetarium about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Wildwood Manor House, explore the world behind art at Toledo Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Veteran's Glass City Skyway.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Toledo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Toledo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Toledo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Ohio travel guide

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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.
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