Monday, November 4, 2013

Out and About: Cincinnati Day Trips

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington

Dear George,
Katja and I have lived in Cincinnati for almost two-thirds of our lives, so we’ve had ample opportunity to explore our surroundings in the Tri-State region.  I thought I would put together a list of day trips within two or three hours of the city.  Some of these are from our own experiences, others I obtained by schmoozing around on the Internet.  The resulting selections are just a small percent of those available and reflect my own interests and priorities.  We’ve gone to about 70% of these places over the years (those marked with an asterisk), and the rest are on our to-do list.  My all-time favorite is Mammoth Cave, an other-worldly underground experience, well worth the three-hour drive from Cincinnati. Yellow Springs, the home of our alma mater Antioch College, is the hippest destination and a relaxing place to spend a summer day, especially if you add in a hike in Glen Helen or Clifton Gorge.  Berea, KY, is another very attractive college town.  We’ve always enjoyed antiquing in Lebanon, Waynesville, and Madison, Ind.  The outdoor antique shows at Burlington KY and Lawrenceburg IN are among the Midwest’s biggest.   In my opinion, the best regional camping places are Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Hocking Hills State Park in south central Ohio.  Kings Island, closer to home, is pretty exciting with kids or grandkids.  The Lexington Horse Park is one of our favorite trips to take with visitors.  Dayton, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, and Columbus are big-city destinations with multiple attractions.  Our secret guilty desire is to go to the nearby Creation Museum in Petersburg and peek at their biblical interpretation of evolution.  Probably we’ll go to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton or the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson first though.

Dayton Art Museum

Mason, OH (26 mi.): Kings Island Amusement Park*
Hamilton, OH (31 mi.): Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Lebanon, OH (32 mi.): antique stores and malls, shops, Golden Lamb Restaurant*
Georgetown, OH (35 mi.): U.S. Grant’s birthplace, downtown historic district*
Waynesville, OH (41 mi.): town of antiques*
Oxford, OH (41 mi.): Miami University campus, shopping district, swimming beach at Hueston Woods statepark*
Dayton, OH (56 mi.): Art Museum, Montgomery Fairgrounds antique/flea market, good thrift shops*
Yellow Springs, OH (64 mi.): shops, dining, Antioch campus, Clifton Gorge & Glen Helen*
Fairborn, OH; Wright Patterson Air Force Base (67 mi.): United States Air Force Museum
Adams County, OH, “Edge of Appalachia” (80 mi.): nature preserve, hiking trails
Greenville, OH (95 mi.): Garst Museum (national Annie Oakley Center), shops, dining
Columbus, OH (106 mi.): Ohio State University, Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory, zoo, German Village, Ohio Historical Center*
Portsmouth, OH (104 mi.): antiques, historic murals, Southern Ohio Museum
Wapakoneta, OH (110 mi.): Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum
Louden, OH; Serpent Mound and Museum (124 mi.): prehistoric earthwork
Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH (138 mi.): hiking, camping, rock climbing*

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Burlington, KY (17 mi.): one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor antique shows (3rd Sundays in season)*
Petersburg, KY (26 mi.): Creation Museum (offering a biblical account of the universe’s origins)
Pleasant Hill, KY (30 mi.): Shaker village, antiques
Maysville, KY (61 mi.): antiques*
Harrison County, KY (62 mi.): Quiet Trails Nature Preserve, hiking
Lexington, KY (84 mi.): Kentucky Horse Park*
Louisville, KY (100 mi.): Louisville Slugger Museum, KY Derby Museum, antiques*
Berea, KY (120 mi.): Berea college campus, Berea Inn, antiques and shops*
Stanton, KY; Red River Gorge, KY (133 mi.): hiking, camping*
Hodgenville, KY (153 mi.):  Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace
Bardstown, KY (160 mi.): My Old Kentucky Home State Park, antiques
Mammoth Cave, KY (192 mi.); Mammoth Cave National Park, cave tour*

Downtown Madison, Indiana

Lawrenceburg, IN (28 mi.): monthly Tri-State outdoor antique show (first Sundays in season)*
Aurora, IN (31 mi.): antique shops, down-home eateries, historic neighborhoods*
Metamora, IN (49 mi.): antiques, kitschy gift shops*
Madison, IN (71 mi.): Clifty Falls State Park, hiking, camping, antiques*
Columbus, IN (90 mi.):  architecture and garden tours*
Indianapolis, IN (109 mi.): Art Museum, Children’s Museum, Speedway Hall of Fame Museum*
Nashville, IN (111 mi.): artist colony, art galleries, shops, antiques, camping* 

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G-Mail Comments
-Linda C (11-18):  I plan to visit  Wright  Patterson in near future, my uncle died in storm at Patterson shortly after Japanese bombed pearl harbor , he was an ari l nautical engineer. Died on small plane in snowstorm  in Dayton after taking big plane to CA and coming back in snow storm in Dayton…   love grandparent in law
-Gayle C-L (11-4): David,  Awesome  Photos ::))

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