Image via Flickr by erjkprunczyk

Image via Flickr by erjkprunczyk

Ready for a road trip? Pack up the car and head to the Buckeye State of Ohio. From watching butter churn on an Amish farm to getting thrills on some of the world’s fastest roller coasters, Ohio rocks. Here are five reasons to steer your car toward Ohio today.

Exploring Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park is an adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy the showy orchids and colorful wildflowers in bloom, or spy on some wild turkey and deer. Hike the Grandma Gatewood Trail and trek the famed Old Man’s Cave. Along the trail, the picturesque surroundings include grottos, steep rock walls, waterfalls, and lush hemlock. Take the manmade Democracy Steps down to the impressive Cedar Falls. Lake Hope is also nestled in Hocking Hills State Park. Enjoy a cool swim in the lake along with bathhouses and picnic areas with barbeques.

Visiting the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton

The NFL Hall of Fame in Canton has been honoring pro-football players since 1920. History buffs and football fans can take a tour of the 118,000 square-foot museum filled with interactive exhibits, view artifacts from famous football inductees like Joe Montanan and Peyton Manning, and watch old reels from the Giants and Broncos games.

While in North Canton, you can also visit other popular attractions like the Canton Palace Theatre, Canton Classic Car Museum, and the downtown arts district.

Enjoying Pure Fun at the Cedar Point Amusement Park

Nestled near Lake Erie, Cedar Point is one of the world’s best amusement parks. Adrenaline seekers can get a rush on some thrilling rides like the Witches’ Wheel, Slingshot, and Super Himalaya roller-coaster. There are also family and kid rides like carousels, bumper cars, railroad trains, and antique cars. At the park’s Soak City, there are wave pools, fun water slides, and lazy river pools to relax in. Cedar Point Amusement Park is for those who like fun on both the water and on land.

Experiencing Amish Country in Ohio

Experience the unique culture of the Amish in central Ohio. Hear the clip-clop of Amish buggies, milk a cow on an Amish farm, and shop for handmade quilts and furniture. Take a tour at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center, as well as a ride on a Conestoga wagon. At the Amish Country Riding Stables, you can explore the Amish country on horseback. Delight yourself and your family at the Amish Country Theater with live bluegrass music, comedy acts, and ventriloquists.

Discovering Three Museums in One

The Cincinnati Museum Center includes the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Set in a 1930s art deco building that was once a railroad station, this multi-museum complex is hours of fun, discovery, and learning. View dinosaur bones, learn about the city’s rich history, and engage in interactive activities. There’s also an OMNIMAX Theater on site.

The state of Ohio is chockfull of treasures just waiting to be discovered. It’s a road trip worth every mile.