Ohio stretches from the Ohio River and Appalachian Mountains in the south to Lake Erie in the north. On the shores of the lake in Cleveland is the Cleveland Museum of Art and its renowned collection of European paintings and especially Asian art. Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and close to expansive Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Ohio is commonly referred to as the Buckeye State due to the prevalence of Ohio Buckeye trees within the state’s borders. Cedar Point is a 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky.Opened in 1870, it is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States behind Lake Compounce. Known as “America’s Roller Coast”, the park features a world-record 71 rides. New for the 2018 season is Steel Vengeance, another record-breaking roller coaster that will be the tallest of its kind. It will be the first wood-steel hybrid coaster in the world to feature a first drop taller at heights higher than 200 feet. Standing at 205 feet tall, riders will plummet at a 90-degree vertical angle at speeds up to 74 mph with upside-down maneuvers.
About an hour South of Cedar Point is Ohio’s only wax museum, Biblewalk in Mansfield. It is the largest Biblical was museum in the United States and well worth the stop. Just across the highway is the famous Ohio State Reformatory where much of the 1994 film, Shawshank Redemption, was filmed. Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Other movies filmed at this location were Tango and Cash, in 1989, and most recently, Escape Plan 2 starring Sylvester Stallone. Spend a day at Malabar Farm, home of former author Louis Bromfield. He showed a great interest in conservation. Enjoy a wagon ride, learn about Maple Sugaring, walk or ride on a trail through the scenic property.
Camp, canoe, swim, ride a zipline or bike one of the many trails in the area of Mohican State Park. Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake. Further south the Hocking Hills region offers similiar recreation opportunities with the addition of Old Man’s Cave and Cedar Falls.