20 Essential Ohio Destinations Everyone Should Visit at Least Once

Ever wanted to make a weekend getaway without leaving the state? Here is a list of fun vacation spots that differ from your typical hotel chain or resort. Whether it’s spending the night in a tree house, an art museum, or even a caboose, all of these places offer you the perfect vacation amenities to make your desired escape.

Ever wanted to make a weekend getaway without leaving the state? Here is a list of fun vacation spots that differ from your typical hotel chain or resort. Whether it’s spending the night in a tree house, an art museum, or even a caboose, all of these places offer you the perfect vacation amenities to make your desired escape.

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Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls
21190 OH-374, Logan
There are so many lodging options at Cedar Falls to satisfy your needs of a serene escape. Stay overnight in a pacific style yurt or a cozy cottage. No matter what, expect quite the glamping experience.  
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Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls

21190 OH-374, Logan

There are so many lodging options at Cedar Falls to satisfy your needs of a serene escape. Stay overnight in a pacific style yurt or a cozy cottage. No matter what, expect quite the glamping experience.

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21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati
609 Walnut St., Cincinnati
Situated in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, this entire hotel is designed and reimagined as an art museum. The hotel features over 8,000 square feet of contemporary art exhibits. The art museum is free and open to the public, with guided tours twice a week. 
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21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati

609 Walnut St., Cincinnati

Situated in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, this entire hotel is designed and reimagined as an art museum. The hotel features over 8,000 square feet of contemporary art exhibits. The art museum is free and open to the public, with guided tours twice a week.

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Hocking Hills Cabin Right by Ash Cave
OH-263 and 23, Creola, OH
Vacation overnight in a cabin located among 80 acres of farmland at this destination. With close proximity to the exquisite Ash Cave and the rest of Hocking Hills State Park. There is absolutely nothing surrounding you, making it the perfect getaway for those who just want plain peace and quiet. 
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Hocking Hills Cabin Right by Ash Cave

OH-263 and 23, Creola, OH

Vacation overnight in a cabin located among 80 acres of farmland at this destination. With close proximity to the exquisite Ash Cave and the rest of Hocking Hills State Park. There is absolutely nothing surrounding you, making it the perfect getaway for those who just want plain peace and quiet.

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1926 B&O Caboose
24180 St. Rt. 93, Creola
A unique place to bring the family, the caboose has been restored into a lodging featuring twin beds, a charcoal grill, a kitchenette, and spaces for sleeping bags. Staying the night in a caboose is an experience you'll be pressed to find elsewhere.
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1926 B&O Caboose

24180 St. Rt. 93, Creola

A unique place to bring the family, the caboose has been restored into a lodging featuring twin beds, a charcoal grill, a kitchenette, and spaces for sleeping bags. Staying the night in a caboose is an experience you'll be pressed to find elsewhere.

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Great Stone Castle Resorts
429 N Ohio Ave., Sidney
This resort is on the National Register of Historic Places, making it an iconic Ohio destination for the last 10 years. The building is constructed right out of Bedford, Indiana, limestone. The resort offers bed and breakfast rooms, a private lodge, a lake and a spa with hydrotherapy. 
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Great Stone Castle Resorts

429 N Ohio Ave., Sidney

This resort is on the National Register of Historic Places, making it an iconic Ohio destination for the last 10 years. The building is constructed right out of Bedford, Indiana, limestone. The resort offers bed and breakfast rooms, a private lodge, a lake and a spa with hydrotherapy.

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The Wilds
4000 International Rd., Cumberland
Stay overnight in a safari park surrounded by animals. Guests have the option to vacation in a private yurt (21 plus only) or in the lodge. With breathtaking views, the park also offers ziplining, horseback riding, and fishing, in addition to its open range zoo.   
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The Wilds

4000 International Rd., Cumberland

Stay overnight in a safari park surrounded by animals. Guests have the option to vacation in a private yurt (21 plus only) or in the lodge. With breathtaking views, the park also offers ziplining, horseback riding, and fishing, in addition to its open range zoo.

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1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast
14945 Hallauer Rd, Oberlin
This Civil War-themed hotel may have been a common stop for slaves as they traveled through Oberlin along the Underground Railroad. The place holds many different historical clues, such a room with a hidden opening that may have been used to pass food along or communicate. 
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1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast

14945 Hallauer Rd, Oberlin

This Civil War-themed hotel may have been a common stop for slaves as they traveled through Oberlin along the Underground Railroad. The place holds many different historical clues, such a room with a hidden opening that may have been used to pass food along or communicate.

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Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
420 Superior Ave. East, Cleveland
If you want to immerse yourself in an overnight downtown experience in one of America’s oldest indoor shopping malls, the Hyatt Regency, located right in The Arcade, is the place to stay. Not only does the hotel feature historic architecture, making it stand out from other Cleveland hotels, but it is walking distance from some of Cleveland’s greatest attractions, including East 4th Street and the Quicken Loans Arena. 
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Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

420 Superior Ave. East, Cleveland

If you want to immerse yourself in an overnight downtown experience in one of America’s oldest indoor shopping malls, the Hyatt Regency, located right in The Arcade, is the place to stay. Not only does the hotel feature historic architecture, making it stand out from other Cleveland hotels, but it is walking distance from some of Cleveland’s greatest attractions, including East 4th Street and the Quicken Loans Arena.

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Island House Hotel 
102 N Madison St., Port Clinton
One of the most historic hotels in the state, Island House Hotel is located right by the shores of Lake Erie, and is not that far from Ohio favorites, such as Cedar Point and Put N’ Bay. For those who are planning to stay for a longer duration, the hotel offers various extended stay suites with full size kitchens. 
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Island House Hotel

102 N Madison St., Port Clinton

One of the most historic hotels in the state, Island House Hotel is located right by the shores of Lake Erie, and is not that far from Ohio favorites, such as Cedar Point and Put N’ Bay. For those who are planning to stay for a longer duration, the hotel offers various extended stay suites with full size kitchens.

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KD Guest Ranch
9280 Young America Rd., Adamsville
Plan your getaway at a dude ranch. Guests can participate in two horseback riding activities each day on trails that gallivant through 800 acres. When arriving at KD Guest Ranch, you will be taught how to train, groom, and saddle the horses. It is an ultimate country experience. 
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KD Guest Ranch

9280 Young America Rd., Adamsville

Plan your getaway at a dude ranch. Guests can participate in two horseback riding activities each day on trails that gallivant through 800 acres. When arriving at KD Guest Ranch, you will be taught how to train, groom, and saddle the horses. It is an ultimate country experience.

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