Special churches and temples
Church in Cleveland
The Old Stone Church in the city of Cleveland is a
Presbyterian church building, which was built from 1853
to 1855 in the style of Neo-Romanesque. The Old Stone
Church is the second church building in the city. The
sandstone church has been on the list of Historic Places
since 1973. Unfortunately, the Old Stone Church goes
down a bit due to the tall buildings surrounding it.
||91 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral in
The St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the
city of Cleveland, more precisely in the Tremont
district in western Cleveland, is one of the most
beautiful Russian Orthodox churches in the USA. Today's
St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral is the third
church building in the Russian Orthodox community of
Cleveland. The church, built in the style of
neo-Byzantine architecture, was completed in 1912. The
roof structure of the church has a main onion tower as
well as 4 middle and 8 smaller onion towers, which
symbolize Jesus and the 12 apostles. The church has been
on the list of Historic Places since 1974.
||733 Starkweather Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati
The Roman Catholic Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in
the city of Cincinnati was built from 1841 to 1845 and
is characterized by its "unusual" architectural style.
The style of the church can be assigned to the Greek
revival and thus the church is more reminiscent of a
courthouse or even a state capitol. The pillars
surrounding the entrance portal make the greatest
contribution to this. The tower of the cathedral reaches
a height of approx. 67 m and since 1973 the Saint Peter
in Chains Cathedral has been on the list of Historci
||325 West 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Rosary Cathedral in Toledo
The Rosary Cathedral in the city of Toledo is a Roman
Catholic cathedral from 1931. The architecture of the
cathedral is based on the Spanish city of the same name,
Toledo, and it is therefore not surprising that the
Rosary Cathedral in Spanish Renaissance style, more
precisely was built in the Plateresque style. The
cathedral was built from 1925 to 1931. In addition to
the exterior of the cathedral, the interior is also very
impressive and definitely worth a visit.
||2535 Collingwood Blvd.
Toledo, Ohio 43610
Columbus Ohio Temple
The Columbus Ohio Temple in the city of Columbus is a
temple belonging to the "Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints" (Mormons). The temple, opened in
1999, is made entirely of white marble and shines very
brightly when the sun shines. The Columbus Ohio Temple
is the 60th Mormon Temple. In February 2013, there was a
shootout in the temple parking lot with two injuries. As
with all Mormon temples, it is important to remember
that no details are given about the process of the
sacred parts of the temple ritual outside the temple.
||3870 Gateway Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 4322
The Kirtland Temple in the city of Kirtland, in
northeastern Ohio, is a temple to The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The Kirtland
Temple was built from 1833 to 1836 in a mix of early
Victorian architecture, neoclassical and neo-Gothic
styles. The Kirtland Temple is the oldest Mormon temple
in Ohio. It has been on the Historic Places List since
1969 and has been a National Historic Landmark since
||7809 Joseph Street
Kirtland, Ohio 4409
Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati
The Isaac M. Wise Temple, also known as Plum Street
Temple, is a historic synagogue from 1865, making it one
of the oldest synagogues in the United States. The Isaac
M. Wise Temple has been on the list of Historic Places
||720 Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Zoos, parks and amusement parks
Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky
The Cedar Point Amusement Park in the city of Sandusky
in northwest Ohio, which calls itself the largest
amusement park in the world, covers an area of
approximately 1.5 kmē on a (semi) island in Lake Erie.
Cedar Point Amusement Park opened in 1870 and has over 3
million visitors annually. However, in the beginning the
park was little more than a piece of beach with diving
boards. The change to an amusement park in the "modern"
sense took place from 1892 with the construction of the
first roller coaster, the wooden roller coaster
"Switchback Railway". Today there are a total of 16
roller coasters in the Cedar Point Amusement Park. The
roller coaster "Top Thrill Dragster" is the second
highest and third fastest roller coaster in the world.
The roller coaster "Magnum XL-200" is also very well
known from 1989 which was the highest roller coaster in
the world with a maximum height of 63 m at the time of
its opening. In total, Cedar Point Amusement Park offers
72 ride attractions. However, Cedar Point Amusement Park
is also historically interesting, as there are several
historic buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries,
such as the "Cedar Point Light" from 1839, on the
grounds of the park.
||1 Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in the city of Columbus is
located in the northwest of the city, more precisely in
the suburb Powell, and was opened in 1927. The zoo is
one of the most popular in the entire Midwest. The zoo
covers an area of approximately 2.35 kmē on which over
9,000 animals from over 900 species live. The zoo is
divided into the geographic regions of North America,
Polar Frontier, Pachyderms, Asia Quest, Shores, African
Forest and Voyage to Australia and the Islands. The
Columbus Zoo is particularly known for the breeding of
cheetahs and gorillas. Since 1956, when the first
gorilla was ever born in a zoo, over 30 gorillas have
been born here to date. The zoo's highlights include
bison, Asian elephants and grizzly bears, Lions, tigers,
zebras, orangutans, rhinos, giraffes, polar bears, panda
bears and hippos. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has over
2.5 million visitors annually. The area of the zoo
also includes the Zoombezi Bay water amusement park and
the Jungle Jack's Landing amusement park.
||4850 West Powell Road
Powell, Ohio 43065
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the city of Cleveland
was founded in 1882, making it one of the oldest zoos in
the United States. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo now
covers an area of approximately 670,000 mē. The
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is particularly known for its
Monkey Island, a concrete island on which a group of
black and white colobus monkeys lives without cages and
fences in an almost “wild” environment. Most of the
primates in North America still live in the Cleveland
Metroparks Zoo. The zoo is biothematically divided into
the areas RainForest, African Savanna, Northern Trek,
Australian Adventure as well as the primate, cat and
aqua houses. One of the most popular areas is the
RainForest, a rainforest plant that extends over two
floors in a huge greenhouse. Of course, visitors to the
zoo will find the mandatory animals such as Grizzly
bears, lions, tigers, zebras, orangutans, rhinos,
giraffes, polar bears. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
attracts over 1.2 million visitors annually.
||3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati
The Krohn Conservatory in the city of Cincinnati is
located in Eden Park and is a beautiful greenhouse. The
Krohn Conservatory was completed in 1933 and the plant
collection includes more than 3,500 plant species. Here
visitors will find plants from almost all parts of the
world. The Krohn Conservatory is thematically divided
into a bonsai garden, a desert garden, an orchid
exhibition, a palm house and a tropical exhibition.
||1501 Eden Park Dr ive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati
The Newport Aquarium in the city of Cincinnati, actually
located in the city of Newport, which lies on the
southern bank of the Ohio River and is therefore part of
the state of Kentucky, is probably one of the best
aquariums in the region. The Newport Aquarium, opened in
1999, offers its visitors a total of 70 exhibitions and
14 galleries. The Newport Aquarium offers a total of 5
acrylic tunnels with a total length of approx. 60 m.
The animals in the aquarium come from all over the
world, but the fauna of the Ohio River is also taken
into account. However, the Newport Aquarium is
particularly famous for the many sharks, the largest
"collection" of sharks worldwide.
||1 Aquarium Way
Newport, Kentucky 41071
Cleveland Botanical Garden
The Cleveland Botanical Garden in the city of Cleveland
in the University Circle district has been the city's
botanical garden since 1930. Nowadays the botanical
garden, which has grown steadily over the years, is
located on the site of the old zoo. At the center of the
botanical garden is the approximately 1,700 mē Eleanor
Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, a greenhouse that is divided
into two biomes, Costa Rica and Madagascar. Around the
Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse there are another
40,000 mē which are divided into various gardens such as
a Japanese garden.
||11030 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus
The Franklin Park Conservatory in the city of Columbus
is a botanical garden and a historic winter garden from
1895. Today, the Franklin Park Conservatory has over 400
different plant species. These come from areas like the
Himalayas, deserts and tropical and subtropical
rainforests. But there are also bonsai trees or a palm
house with over 40 types of palm trees. In addition to
the winter garden, there is another 360,000 mē of
botanical garden, the center of which is the winter
garden. The Franklin Park Conservatory has been on the
list of Historic Places since 1974.
||1777 E Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
The Toledo Zoo in the city of Toledo is a zoo that was
opened in 1900 and today houses approximately 4,800
animals from 700 species on an area of over 200,000
mē. The Toledo Zoo was the first zoo in the world with a
"hippoquarium", an enclosure for hippos, which allows
visitors to see them under water. The zoo is divided
into thematic areas such as Africa or the Arctic and
everything is offered from ffen to ebras.
||2 Hippo Way
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the city of
Cincinnati was opened in 1875 and is the second oldest
zoo in the United States after the Philadelphia Zoo.
Today, the zoo covers an area of over 26,000 mē on
which almost 1,900 animals from over 500 species live.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was the first zoo
in the world to successfully breed California sea lions.
The zoo still runs many successful breeding programs
||3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Toledo Botanical Garden
The Toledo Botanical Garden in the city of Toledo is a
more than 200,000 mē botanical garden. This is divided
into several thematic gardens such as an herb or rose
garden. In addition, larger events such as the Crosby
Festival of the Arts take place annually in the Toledo
||5403 Elmer Drive
Toledo, Ohio 43615
The Akron Zoo in the city of Akron is a rather small zoo
with approx. 200,000 mē. Nevertheless, over 700 animals
from more than 90 species live here. The Akron Zoo has a
reputation for being one of the best zoos in the United
States. The zoo is thematically divided into six areas
in which animals from different parts of the world live.
The zoo was opened in 1953 as Akron Children's Zoo. With
over a million visitors a year, the Akron Zoo is the
most visited attraction in the region and anyone who is
in Akron should not miss the zoo.
||500 Edgewood Ave.
Akron, Ohio 44313
Kings Island in Mason
The Kings Island amusement park is one of the world's
largest amusement parks and is located in the city of
Mason in southwest Ohio. Kings Island was opened in 1972
and today the amusement park attracts more than 3
million visitors annually. The park's most famous
attraction was the wooden roller coaster "Son of Beast".
This was the tallest and fastest of its kind and was
renovated in 2006 after an accumulation of problems. The
roller coaster was rebuilt, but was finally shut down in
2009. Another landmark of the park is a replica of the
Eiffel Tower. In total there are 46 attractions in Kings
Island, which covers an area of approximately 1.5 kmē,
13 of which are roller coasters and 3 water rides.
||6300 Kings Island Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040
There are many people in the state of Ohio who can be
attributed to the Amish community. In total there are
approximately 72,000 in Ohio. Members of this
denomination emigrated to the United States during the
18th century due to persecution. The emigrants mostly
came from the southern German and Swiss German regions.
Even today, the Amish speak among themselves a dialect
that is called Pennsylvania German.
This is understandable for native German speakers and is
similar to the Palatinate dialect.
The Amish live a life that is strongly oriented to the
agricultural sector and rejects technical innovations.
Such innovations are rarely adopted and after careful
consideration. For example, the Amish ride in
horse-drawn carriages instead of in cars.
Other examples from the Amish culture are the use of gas
lamps instead of lamps with electric current and the
simple clothing. However, bans vary from Amish group to
If you are interested in Amish culture, you should visit
the counties Holmes County, Wayne County, Tuscarawas
County, Stark County and Geauga County in the northeast
and east of Ohio, since most of the Amish live here. A
drive through this area alone, for example via the Amish
Country Byway, can seem like a journey through time if
you meet the Amish with their horse-drawn carriages on
Amish Country Byway
Amish Country, which is made up of Holmes County, Wayne
County, Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Geauga
County, is characterized by its gentle, green hilly
landscape between Columbus and Cleveland. The holiday or
panoramic road Amish Country Byway runs through this
The Amish Country Byway is a network of smaller country
roads, which in addition to the gentle hilly landscape
with its picturesque farms, also leads through dense
forests. The other road users in their horse-drawn
carriages make it very easy to travel back in time.
There is also a lot to discover off the road, as many
Amish welcome visitors and present their traditional
handicrafts, such as cheese factories.
The Amish Country Byway has a total length of approx.
123 km and if you really want to experience something
you should take two days instead of the route in about 4
hours driving time. The Amish Country Byway has had
National Scenic Byway status since 2002.
Ohio & Erie Canalway
The vacation or panoramic road Ohio & Erie Canalway has
a length of approx. 177 km and leads through
northeastern Ohio from New Philadelphia to Cleveland on
the banks of Lake Erie. Along the canal you can
experience many current and historical living
environments from before and after the canal was built.
It is therefore not surprising that numerous historic
attractions can be found along the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
There are also numerous ways to enjoy nature. The best
example is probably the Cuyahoga National Park through
which the northern section of the Ohio & Erie Canalways
runs. It's best to plan a few days for the Ohio & Erie
Canalway, even if you can get there in up to 5 hours.
The Ohio & Erie Canalway has had National Scenic Byway
status since 2000.
Historic National Road
The Historic National Road is a very special holiday or
panoramic road, as its status as a National Road
suggests. The Historic National Road is historically the
first federal-funded highway in the United States.
Construction of the highway known back then, but still
today, as Cumberland Road began in 1811. Cumberland Road
was to connect the Potomac to the Ohio River. Cumberland
Road thus became an important route during the western
expansion of the United States. From 1830, construction
sections were macadamized, making Cumberland Road the
first street in the United States to be built using the
macadam method. The Cumberland Road thus ran from
Cumberland (Maryland) to Vandalia (Illinois) over a
length of approx. 1,000 km. Today, the Historic National
Road is 1,326 km long and runs through the 6 states of
Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and
Illinois. Along the way there are numerous historical
interesting sights such as the historic bridges, customs
houses or milestones as well as numerous buildings that
are on the list of historic places. Along the Historic
National Road are the statues of the Madonna of the
Trail. The Historic National Road has been a National
Scenic Byway since 2002.
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
The vacation or panorama road Lake Erie Coastal Ohio
Trail runs for about 472 km through the north of Ohio or
rather along the coast of Lake Erie. The Lake Erie
Coastal Ohio Trail is therefore an optimal route for all
those who want to experience the sights of this region.
In addition to historical attractions relating to the
liberation of the former slaves and the war of 1812,
there are numerous natural beauties such as marshlands,
prairies, rivers and waterfalls, not to mention the
picturesque islands in Lake Erie. The journey time of
the route is up to 8 hours, but of course you need 3 or
4 days to really experience something. The Lake Erie
Coastal Ohio Trail has been a National Scenic Byway
Ohio River Scenic Route
The Ohio River Scenic Route runs for approximately 1,518
km through the US states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois
along the banks of the Ohio River. The Ohio River Scenic
Route overlooks the river almost the entire route, but
that's not all.
The Ohio River Scenic Route in Ohio, for example, passes
the Wayne National Forest, prehistoric, Indian cult
sites and several state parks. In Indiana, the Ohio
River Scenic Route runs through the Hoosier National
Forest, past the historic Angel Mounds site, and in
Illinois through the Shawnee National Forest.
Of course, the Ohio River Scenic Route offers many more
attractions than could be shown here. The pure travel
time of the route is up to two and a half days, but of
course you need about 8 days to really experience
something. The Ohio River Scenic Route has been a
National Scenic Byway since 1998.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in
northeast Ohio near the major cities of Akron and
Cleveland in the foothills of the Allegheney Mountains.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park was established in
2000 and covers an area of approximately 134 kmē. The
area has been a National Recreation Area since 1974. The
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has numerous attractions
but is mainly used by hikers and cyclists and the
landscape of the national park is characterized by
rugged terrain with many river valleys and steep,
sloping forested mountain regions.
The park has over 70 waterfalls, the most famous of
which are the Brandywine Falls, hilly landscapes,
gorges, cliffs, caves and rivers such as the Cuyahoga
River that runs through the park. There are also
historic farms from the 19th and 20th centuries in the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, such as Stanford House.
A special hiking trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National
Park is the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail with a
length of approx. 31 km. However, there are many other
ways that differ greatly in their length. For example,
the Ledges Trail, which leads to the Ledges Overlook, a
cliff with an excellent view, is only approx. 182 m
long. On the other hand, the Buckeye Trail, which is
also highly recommended, is about 8 km long. There are
approximately 200 km of hiking trails in total in the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Cuyahoga Valley
Scenic Railroad also runs through the park. The route
has a length of approx. 81 km and dates from 1880. The
route runs from Rockside Station to Canton, including
via the city of Akron.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park attracts over 3
million visitors annually.
Wayne National Forest
Located in southeast Ohio on the Allegheny Plateau, the
Wayne National Forest is the only national forest in the
state. The Wayne National Forest covers a total area of
approx. 972 kmē, however it should be noted that this
is not a coherent area, but the Wayne National Forest is
composed of three separate parts. The Wayne National
Forest has existed since 1992 and much of today's
national forest is former coal mines.
Today there are more than 480 km of hiking trails in the
Wayne National Forest. The area is mostly overgrown with
cedars and pines and hikers with a lot of luck can see
lynxes, eagles, falcons and turkeys here. If you believe
some "Bigfoot researchers" a large group of Bigfoots
should live in the Wayne National Forest. If you are
very lucky, you may also see them.
The areas are great for hiking, so it's no surprise that
the North Country Trail, Buckeye Trail, and American
Discovery Trail run through the Wayne National Forest.
There are over 480 km of hiking trails in the Wayne
National Forest. The Covered Bridge Scenic Byway
continues through the national forest.
Pike State Forest
The Pike State Forest, in the south of Ohio near the
city of Chillicothe, covers an area of approximately
49 kmē and its history goes back to 1924. At this point,
land was started to be bought to protect damaged forest
areas. Nowadays the reserve is very popular and offers
good recreational opportunities for anglers and hikers.
There are approximately 53 km of hiking trails in the
Pike State Forest.
Zaleski State Forest
The Zaleski State Forest, in southeast Ohio near the
city of Columbus, covers an area of approximately 110
kmē, making it the second largest state forest in Ohio.
Although the Zaleski State Forest is a protected area,
there are areas that are cleared for deforestation.
In the Zaleski State Forest there is an approx. 40 km
long, very interesting hiking trail.
The Zaleski State Forest surrounds Lake Hope State Park.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located in
northern Ohio near the small town of Port Clinton on the
shores of Lake Erie. The conservation area was
established in 1961 and today it covers an area of
approx. 27 kmē and protects the last remaining part of
the former swamp area "Great Black Swamp". The Ottawa
National Wildlife Refuge serves as a resting place for
migratory birds and thus offers excellent opportunities
for bird watching.
Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve
The Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve is a nature reserve
in western Ohio that protects a swamp landscape that
formed after the ice masses of the last ice age
retreated approximately 12,000 to 18,000 years ago. The
Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve covers an area of
approximately 18,000 mē and was established in 1942.
Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve is the first state-owned
conservation area in Ohio. In 1967, the area was also
raised to the National Natural Landmark due to its
Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge
The Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge is a nature
reserve in northwestern Ohio near the city of Toledo,
which protects a swamp landscape with associated lakes
over an area of approximately 10 kmē.
The Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge is the largest
contiguous swamp area on Lake Erie.
Hiking and biking trails
North Country National Scenic Trail
The North Country Trail is a long distance hiking trail
approximately 7,400 km in the northern part of the
United States. This makes the North Country Trail the
longest of the 11 National Scenic Trails in the United
States. The North Country Trail was inaugurated in 1980
and to date around 3,400 have been certified as a paved
and managed hiking trail. The North Country Trail runs
from the small town of Crown Point in northeastern New
York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North
Dakota. On this course, the North Country Trail passes a
total of 7 states.
From east to west, these are: New York, Pennsylvania,
Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota.
When the trail begins in northeastern New York, it
initially runs westward, then crosses northwest
Pennsylvania. In Ohio, he joins the Buckeye Trail and
makes a circular motion that swings him north-west in
Ohio. In Michigan, the trail also runs from south to
north until after crossing the "Straits of Mackinac"
(Mackinac Strait, connects Michigan and Lake Huron) it
turns west again, along the southern coast of Lake
Superior (Upper Lake) respectively. After crossing
Northern Wisconsin, the North Country Trail divides into
One runs north along the coast of Lake Superior and
represents a huge "detour". The other part basically
continues west and both reunite northeast of Minnesota.
Finally, the trail runs through North Dakota where it
ends in the central part of the state. On this trip, 10
National Forests (Finger Lakes, Allegheny, Wayne,
Manistee, Hiawatha, Ottawa, Chequamegon, Superior,
Chippewa and Sheyenne National Grassland) are hiked.
Other highlights include the Pictured Rocks National
Lakeshore, Wisconsin's St. Croix National Scenic
Riverway, New York's Fort Stanwix National Monument and
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park,
Tamarac Wildlife Refugee, Audubon Wildlife Refugee. In
total, the North Country Trail runs through 57 state
parks and 47 state forests.
So the trail should offer something for everyone who has
enough time. A connection between North Country Trail
and Appalachian Trail in Vermont is currently underway.
The Buckeye Trail is a long distance hiking trail with a
length of approx. 2,324 km that runs more or less
circularly through Ohio. If you tackle the Buckeye Trail
completely or partially, you can be sure to get to know
the most beautiful corners of Ohio. For example, the
long distance trail runs through Hocking Hills State
Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The northern
section of the Buckeye Trail is congruent with the North
Country Trail and parts of the southern section are
congruent with the American Discovery Trail. The signs
that serve as a guide for the hiker are blue.
Little Miami Scenic Trail
The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a special hiking trail
with a length of approx. 126 km.
The Little Miami Scenic Trail can be assigned to the
"Vías Verdes" category (bike and / or hiking trails on a
former railway line). The Little Miami Scenic Trail runs
in southern Ohio, between the towns of Springfield and
The Little Miami Scenic Trail is most suitable for
cyclists because it is paved along its entire length.
Other natural beauties
Hocking Hills State Park near Logan
The Hocking Hills State Park in southern Ohio near the
small town of Ohio was established in 1924 and is mainly
characterized by rock formations. Visitors will find
caves like the Old Man's Cave or the Ash Cave complex,
cliffs, gorges and waterfalls. Over time, the water has
created numerous rock formations here that visitors like
to use as bathing facilities.