Kaitlyn Jo Smith

Top 10: Best of Ohio

A completely biased list of the best things to do in Ohio (in no particular order), based primarily on how I spent my youth. I would love to hear about some of your favorite spots of the Buckeye State in the comments below!

  1. Hocking Hills State Park – Tucked away in Southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills is a prehistoric oasis filled with waterfalls, caves, sandstone cliffs and hemlock trees. The best hiking in the entire state, the Hocking region offers unexpected beauty and over 25 miles of scenic trails. There are many different campgrounds for summer guests and plenty of cabins (with hot tubs) for those who plan on visiting in the winter. A must see for anyone passing through.1538763_10202645211344474_7163576836727801444_n
  2. Buy-Way Yard Sale – The only thing I love more than a good garage sale is an entire highway full of good garage sales. Every August the historic Lincoln Highway (also known as Old 30) holds a garage sale weekend that spans 3 states in 3 days. The sales pass through Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County and are an incredible way to spend a weekend in the sun. Many towns along this road also hold their community garage sales on the same weekend. Grab a truck, van or trailer and check it out; this years dates are August 10,11 and 12, 2017.
  3. Summit Motorsports Park – Known as “America’s Racetrack” and located in Norwalk, Ohio, Summit Motorspots Park is famous for their annual Night Under Fire. I grew up going to this event and falling in love with drag racing (this is how my father and I blew the speakers out of our TV in the 90’s, you have to watch with the volume all the way up). The park brings in world renowned drivers, including John Force himself, and has hands down the best fireworks display I have ever seen. Experience funny cars topping out at speeds of 300 mph, jet engine-powered dragsters and semi-trucks as well as classic drag cars. With events happening all summer long, one is sure to fit into your busy schedule.
  4. East Harbor State Park – I grew up an hour south of Lake Erie and so whenever my dad had the day off and the weather was nice, we would go. East Harbor is where we spent every 4th of July for as long as I can remember camping, spending the evenings watching fireworks explode over the water.
  5. Bob Evan’s – I know that this may seem dumb, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized there would be no Bob Evan’s restaurants in Arizona. For those of you fortunate enough to be around this delicacy, please order a country fried steak in my honor. I will miss them dearly.
  6. Art with Anna – A shameless plug for one of my current employers, Art with Anna is a magical art studio that promotes creativity, individuality and confidence within its students. With classes for all ages (literally babies through adults) this studio has a little something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned pro or just looking for a way to relax with your girlfriends, this is your creative escape.14589828_10153958200858907_1769911215116761061_o
  7. The Upper Sandusky Autumn Cruise – Put on annually by Wyandot County Classics and Cruisers, I have been in attendance of the Upper Sandusky Autumn Cruise since its humble beginnings in 2001. Each September over 700 classic vehicles swarm the streets of Upper Sandusky drawing thousands of spectators to the town. Mark your calanders, this year the cruise is on September 23, 2017. Bonus points: the event has raised over $274,000 for local charities since it began.60001_1290040430737_2049392_n
  8. The Ohio State Fair – I really wanted to list the Wyandot County Fair, but I realize that the State Fair may be more appealing to a larger audience. Either way, being a blue collar state means that people around here take their fair’s seriously whether local or state, and with 88 counties there are plenty of fairs to keep you entertained all summer long. Wyandot County activities include: a rodeo, classic rides with typical carnies, demolition derby, pig scramble, tractor pull, square dancing and Sunday morning service. In other counties I’ve gone to mud bogs, dances, dog shows and my fair share of concerts. The State Fair is known for bringing in some big names, this years line up includes: Alabama, George Thorogood and Rascal Flatts among others.223785_1712112822283_5004882_n
  9. Tip Top – Why is Tip Top my favorite bar in Columbus? Their feta dip is to die for and their house drink is whiskey and cola, always three dollars, always with a cherry on top.
  10. Mohican State Park – With 1,110 acres of forest, Mohican is a wonderful place to camp and hike. Located in Ashland County, this state park offers an unexpected break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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