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Ohio's North Coast

Our North Coast is our natural playground. Miles of beach and vineyards, some interesting and unique lighthouses, plus the islands that rival those islands to the south for nightlife and partying.


History and agriculture makes Northwest Ohio an interesting place to wander. It is rich, flat land that once was the bane of early settlers that tried to slog through its mucky swamps, but today, the swamps are gone and the area is one of the Midwest's major agricultural centers. It is also home to the world famous Cedar Point.


Union TerminalAirplanes, ancient civilizations, the Queen City and of course the world famous amusement parks make Southwest Ohio an interesting place to spend time.

Exploring Ohio's Regions

We've divided up the state into 6 different regions, each we feel provide visitors with a unique experience. The history of Ohio is also roughly divided into those same reasons, because the early settlers moving into the area came from distinct regions back east. That made Ohio a divided state that still exists today and helps explain why Ohio is so unique in the world of politics. While we're all Americans, we all known that there's a world of difference between us politically and that's the way it's always been.

When pioneers with a hankering for adventure and more elbow room, they heeded the magic words "go west," and headed for the Ohio territory. Their sense of adventure lingers here today, where there are six distinctive regions, each with a unique flavor and style.


Utica's Velvet Ice Cream MillAmish Country, Covered Bridge Country, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! What more could you want? Northeast Ohio has plenty to offer visitors including Ohio's only National Park and major portions of the Erie Canal.

Central / Capital

Topiary ParkAt the very heart of Ohio is the state capital, the largest university in the country, and the theatre district. The area is home to some 2 million people that enjoy the unique gardens, open spaces, and the art centers.


The WildsHere are the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The area has deep river gorges that snake through the hills. The Wilds is a new game preserve that allows visitors to get up close and personal.

Hocking Hills

Ash Cave, Hocking Hills Towering cliffs and steep trails are features of the Hocking Hills. This is Ohio's backyard where we go to play. Spend a day or a week exploring the parks. B&Bs and quaint inns make the area a natural for wedding ceremonies with a twist.

Hopewell MoundsScioto River

Ohio's Rich Cultural History

Abundant north / south flowing rivers made Ohio easy to move from the vast lake regions to the north and the Ohio to the south. The 4 season climate created an ideal climate for hunting and farming. I'm sure these reasons alone would have been major factors why the Mound Builders first came here and thrived here for centuries.

When the land was first surveyed by early settlers, detailed descriptions of the mounds were made. In all, there were some 3000+ mounds and earthworks and no one at the time had a clue as to why they existed or who built them. Even the Native Americans living here at the time could not shed any light on who built them or why? Today we know a bit more and their civilized culture dates back 1000s of years. Why did they build mounds? Why did they suddenly disappear? Those answers haven't been answered, only speculated upon.