Situated right on the Ohio River, you’ll find a city full of history, art, and amazing food. That’s Cincinnati. As the first major American city founded after the American Revolution, it’s often considered an all-American destination. In order to take in all its intriguing attractions in the larger Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington Combined Statistical Area (CSA), rent a car for your visit to see everything the city has to offer.
Get a taste of local life at Findlay Market, Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market that is open-air and year-round. It’s a quintessential urban shopping experience that supports the community, operating every day except Monday. Not only will you find loads of fresh produce and foods, but the market also hosts dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events.
Learn more about the country’s history at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The organization’s goal is to tell the stories of the heroes of freedom, from the era of the Underground Railroad until today. This eye-opening museum will not only educate but inspire by opening up a dialogue on freedom and basic human rights. Additionally, you can visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is situated on the Ohio River – the same river that thousands of slaves crossed to escape to freedom.
Visit Château Laroche, which is also known as Loveland Castle, for a truly hidden gem. Located about 30 minutes northeast of downtown, it rests on the banks of a river and offers beautiful gardens to view and a castle to explore for only $5 admission. Tour the castle, which took over 50 years to build, and hear tales of its present-day hauntings.
You’ll have your pick of art museums in the city, like the Taft Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Art Museum, but for some truly unique and memorable pieces, be sure to visit the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown. As one of the first contemporary art institutions in the United States, the rotating exhibits highlight new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art, and new media.
Cincinnati is also a haven for foodies. Get your fill at the local’s choice for the best chili around, called Skyline Chili. It is a small chain that has been a Cincinnati favorite since it opened in 1949. If you’re looking for fine dining with a view, check out Primavista. This Italian eatery has stunning views of downtown Cincinnati’s skyline and a mouthwatering selection of food. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy a handcrafted treat from the family-owned Graeter’s Ice Cream. They have delicious flavors like Coconut Chocolate Chip and Oregon Strawberry.
Once you’ve started planning your trip to gorgeous Cincinnati, make sure to line up your transportation, too. No matter what your budget and regardless of the rental car class you need, we at Orbitz can provide you with the right set of wheels for your trip to Cincinnati.