17 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Ohio

Ohio, The Buckeye State, has some truly amazing places to visit and see! There’s stunningly beautiful nature to admire and many quaint little towns and larger cities to explore. But pictures tell you much more then a 1000 words so let’s have a look what I’ve found!

1. Corkscrew Falls in Ohio, Hocking Hills

Corkscrew Falls In Ohio's Hocking Hills RegionSource: Kenneth Keifer / shutterstock
Corkscrew Falls In Ohio’s Hocking Hills Region

Hocking Hills is made up of cliffs, rock shelters, gorges and water falls. Deep within hocking hills is where you will find this stunning waterfall. It is not on the main trail and it is something of a secret so you should not expect to see many people admiring the beautiful view whilst you are there.

2. Lighthouse in Marblehead State Park

Lighthouse in Marblehead State ParkSource: Sara Winter / shutterstock
Lighthouse In Marblehead State Park

Sitting on the Marblehead Peninsular is the Marblehead Lighthouse, the peninsular is a rocky area that juts out into Lake Erie. The lighthouse itself has been in constant operation since it was opened in 1822.

3. The Dexter Mausoleum

The Dexter MausoleumSource: Alea Wickens / shutterstock
The Dexter Mausoleum

The Dexter Mausoleum is quite a sight to behold in Grove Cemetery. Dexter was an immigrant who came over from the United Kingdom and sought to make his fortune in the whisky industry. The mausoleum was made for the family to use on their eventual passing.

4. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Columbus Zoo and AquariumSource: aceshot1 / shutterstock
Columbus Zoo And Aquarium

Polar Frontier is an underwater viewing platform at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The area is designed to look like the abandoned mining town with the same name at the Arctic Circle. Visitors can stand in a glass area and look up at the polar bears as they enjoy themselves in the water.

5. Mentor Headlands Beach

Mentor Headlands BeachSource: Showcase Imaging / shutterstock
Mentor Headlands Beach

Headlands Beach is the longest natural beach in Ohio and has been ranked as the best beach in Ohio on previous occasions. Whilst in the area take advantage of the numerous hiking trails that allow you to take in spectacular views of your surroundings.

6. King Crystal Caverns

King Crystal CavernsSource: Rosamar / shutterstock
King Crystal Caverns

Beneath the countryside and farmland sits a series of caverns that were formed thousands of years ago by an underground river that slowly cut its way through the limestone. Over time countless stalagmites and stalactites grew in the caverns and created the beautiful natural sights you can see today.

7. Abandoned town –  Shawnee

Shawnee OhioSource: Wendy van Overstreet / shutterstock

Shawnee is a town in Ohio.The immigrants that arrived to work in the mines and furnaces have long since moved out of the area. The town was built on the side of a steep hill.

8. Ohio Backroad

Ohio BackroadSource: redtbird02 / shutterstock
Ohio Backroad

Ohio State has many quiet scenic backroads that take you on some beautiful sightseeing drives. It is very likely as you drive along these quiet country roads that you will run into a draft horse that is hitch towing some machinery to one of the local farms.

9. Franklin Castle

Franklin CastleSource: nick.amoscato / Flickr | CC BY
Franklin Castle

Franklin House is said to be the most haunted house in Ohio. It sits in the city neighbourhood and it has four stories and over 20 rooms. The property was built in 1881 and carries with it stories of murder and other crimes that were committed within the house.

10. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RailroadSource: Kenneth Sponsler / shutterstock
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

The railroad dates back to 1880 when the very first steam engine made its way through the Cuyahoga Valley. It was built to transport coal from the South of Canton to Cleveland. Today visitors can explore this beautiful countryside and take a trip on an original steam engine.

11. Ashtabula County’s covered bridges

Ashtabula County Covered BridgeSource: Sherman Cahal / shutterstock
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge

Ashtabula County is home to 18 different covered bridges that can be seen by going on a driving tour of the area. The bridge in the picture is the Netcher Road Bridge that has been constructed over Mill Creek in Jefferson Township.

12. Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State ReformatorySource: ehrlif / shutterstock
Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory was an active prison between 1910 and 1990 until it shut its door forever. The prison shot to fame when it was used in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. Parts of the prison are now available as a museum and guided tours are available.

13. Cincinnati

CincinnatiSource: Sean Pavone / shutterstock

Cincinnati is a beautiful city that has a stunning suspension bridge that spans the Ohio River. At the time the bridge was constructed it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet in length.

14. Columbus

ColumbusSource: f11photo / shutterstock

Columbus is the capital of Ohio and a beautiful city that has been ranked in the top 50 cities to live in. There are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities that really capture Columbus in all of its glory especially at night when you can capture the lights of the city along with the river.

15. Barn in Ohio

Barn in OhioSource: Larry Knupp / shutterstock
Barn In Ohio

There are many beautiful rustic barns in Ohio that will make any visitor feel like they are truly in the countryside. A lot of them have been converted into wedding venues as well as other entertainment facilities.

16. Book Loft, German Village, Columbus

Book Loft, German VillageSource: aceshot1 / shutterstock
Book Loft, German Village

Book Loft is one of the largest independent book stores in the country and is a mixture of pre-Civil War buildings that were previously used as general stores, saloons and a cinema. Now the village consists of 32 rooms full of bargain books.

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17 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Ohio:

  • Corkscrew Falls in Ohio, Hocking Hills
  • Lighthouse in Marblehead State Park
  • The Dexter Mausoleum
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Mentor Headlands Beach
  • King Crystal Caverns
  • Abandoned town –  Shawnee
  • Ohio Backroad
  • Franklin Castle
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
  • Ashtabula County’s covered bridges
  • Ohio State Reformatory
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Barn in Ohio
  • Book Loft, German Village, Columbus