The most popular attraction in the northeastern region is the I.M. Pei-designed (in the shape of a record player) The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
. It displays a massive collection of Beatles memorabilia, Johnny’s Cash’s guitar, and Elvis’s military uniform
. About an hour from Cleveland, the Pro Football Hall of Fame
in Canton, is a must for pigskin fans. The lavish country estate of the founder of Goodyear Tires, the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
, an hour south, is a splendid day excursion. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
, between Akron and Cleveland, is the best place in Ohio for nature lovers. The area includes forests, ravines, rolling hills, and wetlands. Keen wildlife observers may see beavers, great blue heron, mink, muskrat, peregrine falcons, opossums, raccoons, and red foxes. Don’t want to hoof it? Jump aboard The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
which operates seasonally from May to October. In Logan, Hocking Hills State Park
features caves that were once home to ancient civilizations; canoeing, fishing, ziplining, or rock climbing are available. Our favorite quirky happening has to be the century-old return of turkey vultures. Like clockwork, on March 15 every year, spectators gather to welcome back thousands of buzzards
that roost on Hinckley Ridge. The tradition, which signals the first sign of spring, is celebrated with a festival including a pancake breakfast, hikes, skits, and crafts. The township is located about 30 miles from Cleveland.
With 434 congregations spread across 26 counties, Ohio is home to the largest Amish population
in the U.S., so you’re never far from a settlement. You can visit farms, take a buggy tour, wander an old-timey hardware store, enjoy dinner theatre, and taste molasses-heavy shoofly pie. The village of Sugarcreek
, located two hours from Cleveland, is known as ”The Little Switzerland of Ohio,” and is the gateway to Amish Country. Sugarcreek’s quaint alpine architectural appearance and massive cuckoo clock recalls burgs in Germany.
Where to Stay:
Located in Medina, Pier-Lon Campground
earns high marks for its family-friendly atmosphere, wooded sites, and both back-in and pull-through full hookup sites on a gravel base. Most include a charcoal grill. Scheduled activities include potlucks. Woodside Lake Park
boasts 250 RV campsites with a combination of pull-through and back-in sites, with full hookups, all in a relaxing setting. Both campgrounds are open seasonally April to October. Arcades, billiards, a picnic area, and swimming are among the many amenities.