History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Explore Ohio’s Appalachian Country

28 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio. Find it Here.

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

As the season winds to a close, the opportunities for short distance travel still exist.

Today we look at a part of Ohio that takes almost no time to reach, but provides a unique experience for visitors.

As people look for ways to extend their summer travel, the next few weeks will be an ideal time to explore Appalachian Ohio. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, Ohio’s Appalachian Country, which covers 32 of Ohio’s 88 counties, offers visitors incredible opportunities to travel close to home while staying safe during the pandemic.

“Ohio’s Appalachian counties have so much to offer, and the businesses throughout the region are doing their part to keep visitors safe,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “When people visit Ohio, we just ask that they remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing and regularly wash their hands so the places we love can stay open and memories can be made.”

The outdoor attractions and scenic spots across Ohio, including wineries, restaurants and unique lodging found in Appalachia are showcased in a new Ohio. Find It Here. video.

“People are getting to know the real Appalachia now that they are traveling to the many charming and inspiring places across this beautiful region of Ohio,” said Matt MacLaren, director of Ohio. Find It Here. “From Wine Country to Amish Country to historical sites along the Ohio River, our state has something for everyone.”

To give Ohioans travel inspiration, Ohio. Find It Here. created a special section of Ohio.org dedicated to telling the Appalachia story, including Five Ways to Explore Ohio’s Appalachian Country. The comprehensive list delivers unique road trips for people of all ages and interests along with places to stay and eat.

  • Ohio’s Wine Country – Enjoy the breeze off the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio’s Wine Country, located in Ashtabula County. Sip on a glass of wine from one of the more than 30 wineries that populate the county, many of which are family-owned and run.
  • Ohio’s Amish Country – Say goodbye to the stresses of a fast-paced lifestyle, by soaking in the breathtaking hills and valleys of Ohio’s Amish Country. Take a ride in a horse-guided buggy and sample the local cheeses.
  • First and Finest – Marietta’s river-town history and charm will take you back to the simpler time. The century-old Lafayette Hotel is a Marietta landmark situated right on the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers.
  • Hike the Hills – Take a hike in Hocking Hills State Park, one of Ohio’s most picturesque and popular natural spaces where you will find caves, waterfalls and plenty of places to bike, boat and zipline.
  • History Makers – Travel through centuries of history, from the prehistoric era all the way up to the Civil War and beyond, along the counties bordering the Ohio River.

For more travel ideas and inspiration, follow @OhioFindItHere on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit Ohio.org.

Source: Ohio. Find It Here.; Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

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