The state of Ohio has a number of unique attractions that make it a special destination to visit. We are happy to give you some inspiration for your next visit to this beautiful state.
Traffic In Ohio And The Surrounding Area
According to electronicsmatter, the state of Ohio is almost three times the size of the Netherlands. This is often seen as the easternmost state of the Midwest of America. As you traverse the state by rental car, you’ll encounter a variety of landscapes: flat prairies in the west and center, forests in the east, and hills and forests in the southeast.
Ohio has a well-developed network of freeways, two-lane highways, and state highways. The state’s three largest cities are Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. These cities are connected by Interstate 71, a diagonal, three-lane highway. One of the most famous roads is the Ohio Turnpike, a toll road of 388 kilometers long. The road starts in the north of the state and runs from the Indiana border to Pennsylvania.
While driving in America you will notice that you have more space in the lanes than in the Netherlands, but also that drivers are generally calmer. On urban roads you may not drive faster than 40 – 70 km/h, while the maximum speed on the highways is 96 – 120 km/h. American highways are often very wide, which means that it is normal to drive on four- to six-lane roads. One rule you can follow is to stay in your own lane. Please note that you can be overtaken from both the left and the right.
As a driver in a city, you should not pass a stationary school bus with flashing red lights, even if the bus is on the other side of the road. You must stop 6 meters away and may not drive again until the flashing lights are extinguished. If the bus and oncoming traffic are separated from you by a barrier, you do not need to stop.
Visit The State Capital
Columbus is the capital of Ohio. It has one of the largest college campuses in America and, partly because of its students, the city has a lively atmosphere. The city is divided into different districts, each of which has its own unique character. For example, in the south of the city you can visit the historic German Village, complete with German flags, shops and restaurants. If you are traveling with the kids, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a nice option. Here you will discover sharks, koalas and even a polar bear in addition to tigers, elephants and rhinoceroses. In addition, you will also visit one of the most popular science museums in America: COSI Columbus. Here you can see temporary representations of mythical creatures including dragons, unicorns and mermaids, but also a performance full of dinosaurs and a planetarium.
Rock ’N Roll In Cleveland
Cleveland is Ohio’s second city and borders Lake Erie to the north. Here you should definitely visit the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. This is a museum dedicated to the celebration and perpetuation of swinging rock and roll music. Learn about some of the most legendary and influential artists, producers and engineers who helped shape rock and roll. You will see the work of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, among others. And that is just a small selection from the collection.
The nice thing about this location is that you can then get into the rental car to drive towards Lake Erie. Here, there are a number of idyllic lighthouses on the shoreline that make the view of the lake even more impressive.
Step Back In Time With The Amish
The Amish may move slowly by horse and buggy, but their population is steadily growing here: Ohio is home to the largest Amish community in the world. In the 18th century, the Amish came from Europe to Ohio. A tour through the village is a real step back in time: there are no cars, mobile phones or computers in this religious community. You will learn a lot about the way of life and culture here, while you are driven by horse and carriage along the farms and houses.
Of course Ohio also has beautiful nature where the real enthusiast will be amazed. You will find rocks, cliffs and waterfalls at Corkscrew Falls in Hocking Hills. The waterfall is not on the main path and therefore it is often very quiet here. Whatever you’re looking for, Ohio has it.
The capital of the US state of Ohio is Columbus. The city is named after Christopher Columbus. The city is the center for education, technology and healthcare. Columbus has an impressive skyline, with buildings that have become world famous. Examples are the Wexner Center, Rhodes State Office Tower and LeVeque Tower. You could rent a car and look for the towers. You don’t have to limit yourself to just the famous buildings, because there are more sights.
Have you ever wondered what it was like for Christopher Columbus and his crew aboard the Santa Maria? In Columbus there is a replica of the famous ship that Columbus used to sail. The replica of the ship is located on the Scioto River. It was made in 1992 to commemorate the 500th year since Columbus discovered America. A replica of a village that existed in Ohio during the Civil War has also been made. This village is next to the museum that gives more information about the war. There is an opportunity to walk through the village and experience what it was like for Civil War Americans.
Port Columbus Airport
When you are in the US state of Ohio there are a number of interesting cities that you can visit. Cincinnati and Columbus are really a couple of toppers. You can rent a car and visit and explore both. Columbus has a great Zoo & Aquarium. In addition to the beautiful aquarium with beautiful fish, penguins and other animal species, there is also the normal park where a lot of animals can be admired. There is also the option to camp overnight at the zoo.
In the Easton Town Center there is an opportunity for good shopping and a good meal afterwards in one of the restaurants. Here you can also spend the night in one of the hotels. This is also the perfect place to spend the night as it is located in the heart of Columbus. Spend an afternoon in nature and relax. Franklin Park Conservatory Botonical Gardens has a large selection of plants, exotic butterflies and glass sculptures. There are even fascinating demonstrations by glassblowers.