Best places to visit near Ohio

September 18, 2011

Looking to take a trip before it gets cold and starts to snow. Any good suggestions?
Love going to find local spots to eat, and history spots. Will be traveling with wife and nephew and his wife.
wanting to do this before the end of october, I have some extra cash to work with, but kind of looking for someplace i can drive
I am in ohio.

World  •  United States  •  Ohio
September 19, 2011


Ohio has many nearby destinations which are a mere 3 to 4 hours drive from the city, where you can go and have a wonderful time. As you asked, I've drawn up a list of a few places near Ohio viz; Indianapolis, Pittsburg and Lexington which you could consider visiting this October .

Read on to see my recommendations.

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Things to See

Indianapolis, which is the largest city of Indiana, has a lot of things to offer its visitors in every way. It is called the "Crossroads of America". This is because the Interstates 65, 69, 70, and 74 meet here. There are Museums, Art Centers, Parks and many more local attractions, which are a must visit while traveling to this wonderful city. Looking at your interest for history and love for the local cuisines here are few suggestions.

"One of America's Best Places to Live and Work," ranked among the best cities for small business, and cited as an optimal choice among meeting planners. The city is known for hosting two of the largest single-day sporting events, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.

Indianapolis Travel Guide (Source: Indiana)

Indianapolis at Night (Source: Rob Annis) 

Distance from Columbus, Ohio to Indianapolis is 176 miles and the journey takes about 3 to 4 hours.

1. Benjamin Harrison House, Indianapolis (Recommended)

Benjamin Harrison Presidential site is one the most important national historic landmark of Indianapolis. This Italianate house, once the residence of the 23rd president of US, Benjamin Harrison, has now been turned into a museum. The museum feature the achievements and the story of Benjamin's contribution in US history.

We recently visited the Benjamin Harrison Presdiential site. This is a wonderful and beautiful historic home with many original pieces of furniture and other items on display. Our tour guide, Judy, was just awesome! She was very friendly and knowlegeable and we learned a lot on the tour. There is a small gift shop and very nice restrooms. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting or passing through the Indianapolis area. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

President Benjamin Harrison Home - Indianapolis (Source: TripAdvisor)

Benjamin Harrison's desk at the Benjamin Harrison Home (Source: Sarah Stierch) 

Address: 1230 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel: (317) 631-1888

Entry Fee: $8 per adult

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3:30pm

For more information on various events taking place in the Harrison house go here.

2. Indiana War Memorial Museum,Indianapolis (Recommended)

Indiana War Memorial Museum is one of the two museums conveniently located in Indiana War Memorial plaza. This museum is a magnificent neoclassical building with Greek architecture. The main floor features administrative offices, two meeting rooms, and the Pershing Auditorium. I'm sure you will love this museum, as you get to learn about the history of American men and women who participated in the freedom struggle.

The Indiana War Memorial is a great place to take people from out of town to learn a little bit about some local history and the history of Hoosiers involved in wars. I love museums and generally geek out about all of the education that you can get for the low low price of an afternoon of your time and nothing else. Make sure to make your way up to the shrine room (I think that's what it's called) for an extremely impressive display of a memorial to the bravery and the lives of American soldiers. I've been a few times to walk through the museum on the ground floor and downstairs and every time I find some other interesting fact.

 (Source: Indiana War Memorial - Indy Metro )

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Address: 431 N Meridian, Indianapolis, IN

Tel: (317) 232-7615

Entry Fee:Free

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm


There is no dread of fabulous restaurants or eateries in this city. I have recommended a few restaurants for you to choose from.

1. Chancellor's, Indianapolis (Recommended)

Chancellor's serves 'All American' food. The restaurant is popular among the local people, for its local and international delicacies that tastes awesome. Add to that the impeccable service and a beautiful decor, this eatery is easily amongst the very best.

Located inside the University Place conference center on the IUPUI campus, Chancellor's has high aspirations, with a seasonal, locally sourced menu clearly designed to appeal more to diners on an expense account than college students on a budget. Its $12 burger features Kobe beef, for example, and is topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms and a blue cheese aioli. The entrees are even more inventive.

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American Grilled Chicken. (Source: Matthew Kang)

Address: 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel: (317) 231-5257

Price: Moderate

Cuisine: American & International

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9pm, Sun10:30am to 2:30 pm

2. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, Indianapolis (Recommended)

Perhaps the best restaurant that will come your way on this trip is Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, situated in Washington St. The restaurant is known to serve authentic local American cuisine. Quality of the food they serve, and usage of fresh ingredients and spices, make the dishes taste good and has resulted in a huge fan following.

I ordered something other than wings, and I had a grilled chicken wrap. It was actually pretty good. I gotta give them credit for making something other than wings. The service was great in the bar at one of the side tables.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (Source:TripAdvisor)


Address: 2514 Lake Circle Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Tel: (317) 337-0240

Price: $12

Cuisine: American

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 1am, Fri-Sat 11am to 2:30 am, Sun 11am to 12:30am

Things to See

Pittsburgh is another option, a 183 miles from Ohio. This beautiful city, located in Western Pennsylvania is rich in history and culture, a perfect place for your holiday. Here is a list of suggestions on historic sites in Pittsburgh.

Downtown Again (Source: Joey Gannon)

Distance from Columbus,Ohio to Pittsburgh is 183 miles and the journey takes 4 to 5 hours.

1. Fort Pitt Museum & Block House, Pittsburgh (Recommended)

If you want to know more about the history behind the American revolution, and how the city of Pittsburgh participated in the war, then you must visit the Fort Pitt Museum & Block House. This two storeyed museum is located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The block house adjoining the museum is the oldest building in Pittsburgh, and an important historical landmark. The museum features arms and ammunition that was used in the war.

The Fort Pitt Museum is bursting with history and engaging displays. The region played a major role in the shaping of our country in the 1700's. It was a key site for the French and Indian War, as well as for General Braddock's defeat. And few people are aware that Pittsburgh was one of the first miltary posts for a young George Washington! The Fort Pitt Museum offers information and artifacts on an incredible time period, and the Fort's location at the point of three rivers is of such great military significance that the museum will make you view the topography of Pittsburgh in a new light.

Fort Pitt Museum and Blockhouse  (Source:Yahoo! Travel)

Canons and canon balls  (Source: Alexander Henning Drachmann) 

Address: 101 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1213

Tel: (412) 454-6000

Entry Fee: $5 per adult

Opening Hours: Open daily from 10am to 5pm

2. Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh (Recommended)

The Cathedral of Learning started by Chancellor John Bowman in 1926, is the second tallest university building in the world. According to the National Register of Historic Places it is one the historic landmark in Pittsburgh.

The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are here, and the surrounding streets are packed with cheap eateries, cafes, shops and student homes. Rising up from the center of the U Pitt campus is the soaring Cathedral of Learning, a grand, 42-story Gothic tower which, at 535ft, is the second-tallest education building in the world. It houses the elegant Nationality Classrooms, each representing a different style and period, with gorgeous details such as the red-velvet upholstered chairs of Austria; most are accessible only with a guided tour.

Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh, USA  (Source: Lonely Planet)

cathedral additions (Source: Tim Engleman)

Address: University of Pittsburgh, 4200 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15289

Tel: (412) 624-6000

Entry Fee: Admission free, tours $3

Opening Hours: Mon to Sat from 9am to 2:30pm


Here are a couple of recommendations on popular food joints, specializing in American cuisine.

1. Rooster's Roadhouse, Pittsburgh

Rooster's Roadhouse claims to be one of the best restaurant in Pittsburgh, specializing in American local food that tastes absolutely lip-smacking. This restaurant is almost an attraction in itself.

When I first saw the brisket burger on the menu I was a bit daunted by the double meat thing. I asked the server if it would be too much and she informed me that the patties were thin and the sandwich wasnt all that big, so I went for it.The burgers came out really quickly, and sure enough they were surprisingly small for restaurant burgers. I loved that though because I despise those so-big-i-can-barely-eat-half-much-less-the-sides kind of burgers. These sandwiches are about the size of one you would make at a barbeque in your back yard. I was very thankful for this because it was then I spotted the jelly-jar desserts!

 (Source: Rooster's Roadhouse )

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Address: 5021 Thoms Run Rd, Oakdale, PA 15071

Tel: (412) 221-1543

Price: $10 per entree

Cuisine: American, Pub Food and Sandwiches/Subs

Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs from 11am to 10pm, Fri to Sat from 11am to 11pm, Sun from 12pm to 9pm

2. Arby's, Pittsburgh (Recommended)

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh, Arby's is known for great food, good ambiance and lovely service. There's great variety in the menu with a touch of American flavor in the dishes.

when the first Arby's opened in Ohio, its roast beef sandwiches have been a popular hamburger alternative. The chain's signature red-and-tan color scheme and cowboy hat signage make it easy to spot. The menu features several variations on the classic Arby's sandwich--thin-sliced beef topped with barbecue sauce, cheese sauce or other toppings--as well as jalapeno poppers and assorted milk shakes, including the signature Jamocha flavor.

  (Source: Arby's - Pittsburgh, Citysearch)

(Source: Barbecue Beef Sandwich) 

Address: 2831 Jacks Run Rd, McKeesport, PA 15131

Tel: (412) 673-0859

Price: $10 per entree

Cuisine: Fast food and American

Opening Hours: Regular store hours

Things to See

One other destination which is a few hours drive from Ohio is Lexington in Kentucky. This city is home to many historical sites and places. I've suggested few places of interest, which are a must-visit when traveling to Lexington.

Lexington Kentucky - Keeneland Race Track "Horse Statues at Entrance" (Source: David Ohmer) 

Distance from Columbus,Ohio to Lexington is 192 miles and the journey takes 5 to 6 hours.

1. Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Lexington

Civil War camp and cemetery, also known as Camp Nelson Civil War Site, is of great historical significance. This place was once used as the base camp of the US army. It is here, where the soldiers who died in the civil war were buried.

HE CEMETERY WAS BEGUN IN 1863 as the main Camp Nelson Cemetery and contains the remains of 1,600 Camp Nelson soldiers, including some 600 African-Americans. In 1868 this cemetery was designated a National Cemetery and over 2,200 Civil War dead from several Kentucky Civil War sites including Perryville, Richmond and Covington were reburied here. The cemetery office which was built in 1875, serves as a visitors center.

Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville,  (Source: LexGo.com) 

Cemetery (Source: Catherine) 

Address: 6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356

Tel: (859) 885 - 5727

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk

2. The Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington

The Hunt-Morgan House, built in 1814 is a popular site of historical importance. This house was owned by John Hunt Morgan, known to be a flamboyant leader of the guerrilla fighters. Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation has transformed this house into a museum. This museum is a storehouse of old art and antiques, which narrates the story of the elegance of Hunt and Morgan families.

We toured this home in June. The tour guide did a good job on giving the history of the family and the home and what it was like to live back during those times. The home itself is not very well maintained and is definately in need of some much needed repairs

The Hunt-Morgan House - Lexington  (Source: TripAdvisor)

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Address:253 Market Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Tel:(859) 253-0362

Entry Fee:7$ per adult and 4$ per child

Opening Hours:Closed Monday and Tuesday,Wednesday-Friday: 1p.m-4p.m,Saturday: 10a.m-3p.m
Sunday: 1p.m-4p.m


After the historical tour, satiate your appetite by sampling the best foods on offer.

1. Alfalfa Restaurant, Lexington (Recommended)

Alfalfa Restaurant is a cozy place in Lexington serving American cuisine, try the local flavors like the Chicken Talese, and Red Beans and Rice. This restaurant boasts of both vegetarian and non vegetarian delicacies.

One of my favorite brunch places; I try to go every time I'm in Lexington.
My standard order is the Eggs Benedict Arnold (eggs benedict with country ham and avocado), but I've tried almost everything on the menu, and many specials and have never been disappointed with a meal.
I've only been for dinner once, but it was great as well, and we even considered having them cater our wedding!

 (Source: Alfalfa Restaurant - Lexington, KY)

(Source: Laura Padgett) 

Address: 141 E. Main St. Lexington, Ky. 40507

Tel: (859) 253-0014

Price: moderate. For information on menu and rates go here.

Cuisine: American

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri from 11am to 9pm, Sat and Sun from 9am to 2pm.

2. Merrick Inn, Lexington

Merrick Inn is a local favorite place.This place is famous for serving innovative American Cuisine. Ask them for the daily specials, you can never go wrong with it.

Had halibut special with lobster souffle topping with a lemon butter sauce it was almost to good to describe. Great friendly service at a reasonable price. U guys got it goin on.

Merrick Inn, Lexington - Restaurant  (Source: TripAdvisor) 

Bruschetta (Source: Naotake Murayama) 

Address: 1074 Merrick Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40502

Tel: (859) 269-5417

Price: Moderate. Click here to view the prices of different dishes

Cuisine: American

Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs from 5:30 pm to 10pm and till10:30pm on Fri and Sat

Hope this is what you are looking for. If there is anything else you'd like to know about, feel free to write back. We can suggest accommodations, shopping places and events.

Have a great trip.


Answered by A person who loves to enjoy life to the fullest. Very homely and emotional person who prefers spending time with family. Puja Das

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