Ohio is an incredibly diverse state. From peaceful countryside to big cities, Ohio has something to offer all kinds of travelers, including those looking for a hostel. The state is home to Holmes County, the largest Amish population. While most of this area includes country roads and farms, some of the Amish have gotten involved in the tourism business to allow visitors to learn more about their unique lives. Even outside the county you may still find people wearing plain dress and driving buggies. Hostels and other budget accommodation may be difficult to find in these areas, but there are a few unique hostels in rural Ohio.
The biggest Ohioan cities are Cleveland and the capitol Columbus. Other notable cities include Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, and Akron. In these places you can definitely find more hostel options, as well as more to do within walking distance. In Columbus you can visit the state capitol building and see a wide array of museums and parks. In Cleveland, as well as other northern cities, you can walk along Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes. Ohio is known for their amusement parks, particularly of the Cedar Fair brand. Cedar Point in Sandusky and Kings Island in Mason are worth a visit to those who enjoy fantasy and seek thrills.
Another thing Ohio is known for is all of the quirky roadside attractions. In this state alone, you can find the world's largest gavel, the world's oldest traffic light, and the world's shortest street, just to name a few. Ohio has been the birthplace or home of many U.S. Presidents, so throughout the state you can find markers noting either a birthplace or burial ground of a famous politician.
Ohio is served well by several airports and a multitude of bus stations. Train service, however, is extremely limited. The best way to travel Ohio is by car, especially if you're interested in seeing the Amish community or other countryside. Most cities and towns are also very bicycle-friendly, so you may consider bringing or renting a bike for local trips.
In many ways, Ohio is a good representation of what to expect in the average American state. The diverse population of people, the diverse terrain, and the diverse things to do make Ohio an excellent state to visit.
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