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The green benches at Seasongood Pavilion, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio© Anne KitzmanThe green benches at Seasongood Pavilion, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
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From Amish buggies to rock stars, and from quiet beaches to lively cities, Ohio offers a little something for every traveller.

The glass pyramid of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dominates the Cleveland skyline. Visit this popular museum to see cool memorabilia like handwritten original lyrics, one of John Lennon's guitars or Jim Morrison's Cub Scout uniform. Elsewhere in the city, spend a fun evening in The Flats, a lively dining and entertainment district, or take in a pro football, basketball or baseball game.

On the other side of the state in Cincinnati, you'll find Ohio River paddleboats, excellent art and natural history museums, and more pro sports teams. Not to be outdone, the state capital of Columbus has a popular zoo, as well as the stunning Park of Roses with its 11,000 flowering plants.

Even small cities have notable attractions. Dayton is home to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the U.S. Air Force Museum, while Canton boasts the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For some reason, Ohio is a hotbed for amusement parks. If roller coaster thrills are your thing, head to Paramount's Kings Island just outside Cincinnati or Cedar Point in Sandusky on the Lake Erie shore.

Speaking of Lake Erie, it's one of the reasons Ohio bills itself as the Walleye Capital of the World. Fishers also angle for perch and smallmouth bass here. Even winter doesn't put them off—they just drill holes in the icGreat blue heron, Ohio© Brad ThompsonGreat blue heron, Ohio
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e and tow huts onto the frozen lake. The lake's Magee Marsh, meanwhile, is a popular place for birdwatchers to spot cardinals, swans and bald eagles.

To escape the modern world altogether, head to Amish country in Holmes County in northeastern Ohio. Shop for cheese and quilts, stay in a homey bed and breakfast, and watch out for horse-drawn buggies.

by Laura Byrne Paquet

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