Exploring Ohio’s best places


By Sue Curtis



Recently I read an article online entitled “52 best places to visit in 2016.” As you might imagine, of the 52, only 4 were in the United States.

Fortunately, I have little desire to travel, because to see all 52 would require a great deal of that activity — not to mention a boatload of money!

It did get me to thinking, however, that the places listed were pretty exotic and many of them were beautiful. Certainly they were all interesting. I am not a big fan of traveling, but I’ve always enjoyed anywhere we’ve gone. I’ve seen some amazing sites and learned a great deal about culture, art, sports, history, or cuisine.

Given that I’m not a big traveler, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could come up with 52 places to visit in 2016 — in Ohio.

As it turns out, I could! In fact, I found a lot more than 52 places that would be beautiful, educational, and/or fun to visit. Some of them I’ve already visited, but they are so good they warrant another trip. Places like the Air Force Museum, Put-in-Bay, Amish country, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are always worth another visit.

So I narrowed my list to things or places I’ve not yet experienced that are right in my back yard (so to speak). And since I don’t have the boat load of cash on hand, I further narrowed it to 12 places (one a month, rather than one per week).

The first two trips will be to museums. Although I’ve visited Greenville a number of times, I’ve never toured the Garst Museum, which has a lot of memorabilia dedicated to a true American heroine — Annie Oakley. As long as I’m in Greenville, I will be compelled to stop at Maid Rite. The other museum is in Cincinnati and it’s the American Sign Museum — boasting all types and sizes of signs from all decades.

Then I need to visit a couple of wineries. South River Winery is housed in a century-old church that was rebuilt for the new purpose. That’s got to be great. Just a few miles down the road is the Old Mason Winery which gets rave reviews. Those are musts.

Place no. 5 is an homage to my love of history. There’s an old castle (a real castle!) where you can spend a day touring. It’s complete with Medieval suits of armor. There are also tree houses built by the Mohicans that have electricity and running water. I have to see those. Then there are a couple historic homes that are open for tours that I’ve not yet seen.

I want to visit the park near Chillicothe that has the largest number of Indian burial mounds. That will put me in the mood for Troy’s annual ghost tour. Somewhere in Ohio is the world’s largest cuckoo clock.

Finally, I want to go to Hocking Hills for their annual hummingbird event. You can hold and actually feed hummingbirds. Wow

You’ll never convince me that Ohio doesn’t boast the 52 best places to visit in 2016.

Email me at suecurits9@gmail.com.

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By Sue Curtis

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.