Some people don’t often consider the Midwest to be a desirable tourist destination, but this is not the case when it comes to Ohio. There’s plenty of things to keep you entertained in this state, particularly in cities such as Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo. Here are the top reasons to visit each of these cities this winter, so don’t forget to book a spot on one of these flights to the Midwest first.


Cincinnati is a historical city that is filled to the brim with things to do for travelers of all sorts and kinds. If you like educational travel experiences, you’ll love the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Here you’ll find varying Omnimax films, art collections, and exhibits that will make your experience here worthwhile. Nature lovers will enjoy the newly renovated Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. If you’re traveling with family, head to Coney Island or King’s Island Amusement Park for the day. If you’re a sports fan, consider buying tickets to a Cincinnati Red’s baseball game or a Bengal’s football game.


Columbus is home to Ohio State University, so it is definitely a town that caters to young professionals and college students. There’s plenty to keep you entertained on the OSU campus alone, but if you step outside the University grounds you’ll be pleased to find restaurants, bars, music venues, sports arenas, and so much more. Some of the most popular tourist spots are Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, German Village, Easton Town Center, Nationwide Arena, and Ohio Village.


Cleveland may not seem like the most popular tourist destination, but there is a number of things to do here that will make your trip unforgettable. Throughout the town, you’ll find sites such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, A Christmas Story House, Playhouse Square, West Side Market, and Great Lakes Science Center.


Dayton is not only home to the University of Dayton Flyers, but also home to lots of spots geared towards tourists who want to experience the town firsthand. Some of the best sites to see throughout Dayton are the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Carillon Historical Park, Dayton Art Institute, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, America’s Packard Museum, and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Come check out these sights as well as many others during your stay in Dayton.


Toledo is a small Ohio town, but nonetheless it has things to do for travelers of all kinds. If you prefer spending time outdoors, check out Toledo Zoo or Toledo Botanical Garden. If you enjoy live entertainment, book a ticket to a show at Valentine Theater or Stranahan Theater. Anyone traveling with children will appreciate the Imagination Station, a hands-on science museum geared towards kids. In the mood for a cultural experience? The Toledo Museum of Art offers plenty of impressive art exhibits and pieces from local as well as international artists.