30 Scenic Drives Around Cleveland That Everyone Should Explore

Going out for a drive and taking a walk are about the only two things you can do right now. With gas at its lowest point in a long while and everyone needing to get out of the house, we put together a list of some of the best scenic drives around Cleveland to explore. Some of these places are cool attractions that you can drive to see, others are more "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey." Enjoy!

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 Oberlin
Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind with this small town is the renowned liberal arts college that has produced people who have made it big in entertainment, like Lena Dunham, Ed Helms and writer William Goldman. But this college town really does make for a great day trip from Cleveland. 
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Oberlin


Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind with this small town is the renowned liberal arts college that has produced people who have made it big in entertainment, like Lena Dunham, Ed Helms and writer William Goldman. But this college town really does make for a great day trip from Cleveland.

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 Mill Creek Falls
24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted
Located in the Garfield Park Reservation area of the Metroparks, Mill Creek Falls has the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. And the views are breathtaking.
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Mill Creek Falls

24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted

Located in the Garfield Park Reservation area of the Metroparks, Mill Creek Falls has the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. And the views are breathtaking.

Photo via @CleveMetroParks/Instagram
 Marietta
Marietta is a historic town known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest territory. This picturesque town on the Ohio River is perfect for Ohio history buffs, and combines the best of small town living with history. 
Photo via Ohio River Sternwheel Festival/Facebook

Marietta


Marietta is a historic town known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest territory. This picturesque town on the Ohio River is perfect for Ohio history buffs, and combines the best of small town living with history.

Photo via Ohio River Sternwheel Festival/Facebook
 Marblehead
Marblehead boasts one the best scenic lighthouses in Ohio, perfect for taking in a spring sunset
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Marblehead


Marblehead boasts one the best scenic lighthouses in Ohio, perfect for taking in a spring sunset

Photo via @_Doctor_VV_/Instagram
 Loudonville
Loudonville is nicknamed the so-called "Canoe & Camp Capital of Ohio." You can see beautiful river views here.
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Loudonville


Loudonville is nicknamed the so-called "Canoe & Camp Capital of Ohio." You can see beautiful river views here.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Mike Sharp
 The World’s Largest Basket
1500 East Main St., Newark
This giant basket housed the Longaberger Company until 2014, when the company moved out and eventually shut down their business that had been around for close to 100 years. Fear not, the basket is still there, about 150 miles south west of here, halfway between Zanesville and Columbus. The basket building was sold for $1.2 million to a developer at the end of 2017 and will be used for something soon.
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The World’s Largest Basket

1500 East Main St., Newark

This giant basket housed the Longaberger Company until 2014, when the company moved out and eventually shut down their business that had been around for close to 100 years. Fear not, the basket is still there, about 150 miles south west of here, halfway between Zanesville and Columbus. The basket building was sold for $1.2 million to a developer at the end of 2017 and will be used for something soon.

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 Lake Erie Bluffs
3301 Lane Rd., Perry
Lake Erie Bluffs provides a combination of wetland hiking and dry trails and it’s the perfect place to take a drive to.
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Lake Erie Bluffs

3301 Lane Rd., Perry

Lake Erie Bluffs provides a combination of wetland hiking and dry trails and it’s the perfect place to take a drive to.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Holden Arboretum
9550 Sperry Rd., Kirtland
Out east in the Kirtland/Mentor area, you’ll find Holden Arboretum, home to over 3,500 hundred acres of trees, plants, wildlife and scenic views. 
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Holden Arboretum

9550 Sperry Rd., Kirtland

Out east in the Kirtland/Mentor area, you’ll find Holden Arboretum, home to over 3,500 hundred acres of trees, plants, wildlife and scenic views.

Photo via Holden Arboretum/Facebook
 Hocking Hills
In southern Ohio, the Hocking Hills are some of the most beautiful hiking trails and natural attractions in the midwest. Some of the trails may be closed but the views are still breathtaking from the car.
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Hocking Hills


In southern Ohio, the Hocking Hills are some of the most beautiful hiking trails and natural attractions in the midwest. Some of the trails may be closed but the views are still breathtaking from the car.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Great Seal State Park
Looking to see some hills? Great Seal State Park has over 1,800 acres of hilly and challenging trails worth seeing. This park’s hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, hence the name. 
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Great Seal State Park


Looking to see some hills? Great Seal State Park has over 1,800 acres of hilly and challenging trails worth seeing. This park’s hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, hence the name.

Photo via Scene Archives