For centuries Ohio has been known as the 'Gateway to the West' but in truth the Buckeye State is a blend of not only everything Midwestern but also everything American. Ohio has bustling cities such as Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton with trendy restaurants, sports teams and renowned arts associations. It's also home to sleepy small towns that host spirited seasonal festivals celebrating everything from tomatoes and strawberries to twins and underwear. Much of the small-town charm stems from architecture, a legacy of styles ranging from Cape Cod to plantation-style, some introduced by early settlers from the East Coast. Ohio ranks third in the number of sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The name Ohio is Indian for 'beautiful river', and there is full information on Ohio's national forest and 73 state parks. Packed with things to do and see, plus recommendations for where to stay, shopping and nightlife.
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