“Big River” – this is how you can translate the name of the State of Ohio, or rather, flowing through it the fastest and deepest tributary of the Mississippi. This region is located almost in the center of America. Due to the pleasant climate and favorable location, along with the fertile lands, these territories began to be settled by “builders of barrows”, Erie, Otava, Hurons and other tribes, in ancient times. The baton was intercepted by the French in the 18th century.
Ohio has the officially accustomed nickname “horse chestnut state.” In this part of the USA these beautiful trees really grow. But not only they famous state, which became part of the seventeenth state. Ohio, formed in 1803, has a few more nicknames. Of those that are heard, – “Mother of Presidents” and “Place of birth of aviation.”Ohio has the officially accustomed nickname “horse chestnut state.”
Pure lakes, pastoral landscapes, nature reserves attract lovers of ecotourism. Those who dream of visiting noisy industrial cities will also be able to make an extensive route. Ohio residents greet guests with the words: “Run away from the whole world and find yourself with us.”
The state capital is Columbus .
The largest cities are Cleveland, Cincinnati , Landen, Toledo.
In addition to the “main” Ohio in America, there are still about twenty settlements with the same name.
How to get there
The most important aerial port operates in Columbus. Port Columbus is only 10 km away from the capital. The international airport was built in Dayton. Which of the arrival points to choose is up to you. The state is densely enveloped in a railway web, so you can get to any point directly and comfortably.
Ohio occupies only 34th place among other states in its area, so there is no reason to talk about the impressive diversity of tourists in natural areas. The winters are pretty cool here, and the summer is hot. And if the plans – not only beach holidays, but also active excursions, Ohio can be visited in any season. Impressions will be abundant. Moreover, the length of the state is only 355 km, you can see all the iconic places. The climate should be characterized as moderate, strong snowstorms occur only in the northern part in the winter months. The average July temperatures range from -18 to -28 ° C, in January from +6 to -1 ° C.
This central part of the Midwest of America includes one of the Great Lakes – Erie. Its picturesque coast is the northern boundary of the “horse chestnut state”. In the southern part is located the Allegan Plateau, part of the Appalachian system.
In addition to the Ohio River to the number of major water arteries of the state can be attributed Kayakhoga, Sayoto, Maskingam. In the northwestern part of the region, there used to be extensive Black Swamps, which today have practically disappeared. The plots were drained and successfully used for farmland. In Ohio, there are many provincial towns, lovely farm villages, and Amish villages. The most developed megacities are located in the port area of Lake Erie.
In addition to horse chestnut, the symbols of Ohio are red carnation, seven-point ladybird, virginian, or white-tailed, deer, fancy red cardinal bird and, of course, Charleston dance.
The very first
Ohio’s motto is “With God, everything is possible.” It is not known whether the locals trust in the heavenly forces or prefer to establish their own orders, but this part of the Northwest Territories is rightly considered the birthplace of many inventions. The first ambulance in the USA (1865, Cincinnati), the first fire station, was founded here. And in Cleveland in 1914 they installed the first American traffic light. However, the second largest city in Ohio is also famous for being the first to have electric lights on its streets – in 1879. Fans of hot dogs claim that the locals have come up with an appetizing fast food consisting of a sausage bun. Like chewing gum!
In Ohio, many absurd laws are still in force. For example, in public transport can not spit on others. On the territory of the state it is prohibited to drink fish with alcohol. In the same house can not live simultaneously more than five representatives of the weaker sex. Moreover, in this area it is impossible to breastfeed a child in front of passersby.
Although Ohio is thriving largely due to the industriousness of the local population, in addition to such stable sources of income as agriculture and industry, the emphasis is also placed on tourism. In addition, there really is something to look at.
One of the main attractions of Ohio – the bridge in the town of Zanesville, made in the form of the letter Y. It has three ends and the same number of road canvases. The one-of-a-kind structure in the world can be seen at the confluence of two waterways, the Licking and the Mackingham Rivers. The second highest speed and height roller coaster on the planet are also in this state. The giant 128-meter attraction is ready to meet adventurers in Sandusky, in Cedar Point Park, stretching over 145 hectares. And in Cincinnati there is a wooden 66-meter slide with an air loop, opened in 2000.
The oldest monument of earthen architecture. The figured mound of Serpent-Mound is located near the crater of the same name. This amazing creation of Indian culture is located in Adams County, its length is 440 meters. A mound high in height, similar in silhouette to a giant reptile, is about one and a half meters. It is still unclear who created this longest earthen monument – no artifacts were found in the mound until it was only established that it was erected around 1050 AD. e.
It is believed that the mound, made in the form of a snake, swallowing an egg, represents a solar eclipse. There is another opinion that in the largest circle the Indians lit ritual lights to attract the deity guarding the water, the symbol of which was the serpent.
Valley of kayahoga
The terrain in the river valley received the status of a national park only in 2000. It’s almost impossible to walk around on foot, because Kayahog Square is 33,000 acres. On the secret paths you can see beavers, for them an ecosystem is arranged, wild ducks, herons. This is a whole recreation area that includes a lot of entertainment places with special programs. You can admire the picturesque views of the park and enjoy the pictures exhibited in the galleries of Peninsula, Boston. Of the natural masterpieces worth seeing is the Brandywine Falls, Tinkers Creek Gorge. Motorways pass along the valley itself, so you can get here without hassle. Along the meandering river there is a railway. In Caiahoga, you can go skiing, cycling, playing golf, listening to a symphony orchestra.
This metropolis is one of the best in terms of life of American cities. About 6% of the city of Caiahoga is occupied by water, the industrial center is not only cut by canals, but also by railways. Founded in 1796, Cleveland was originally called Cleaveland, in honor of the founder, General Moses Cleveland. But because of the annoying typo in the newspaper, the name got stuck without the letter a – Cleveland. You can see here numerous skyscrapers, universities, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Steamer Museum and other sights.
Islands of Lake Erie
Across the water surface of Lake Erie, both small and large islands are dispersed. Some of them are full of nightlife, others are ideal for quiet walks. Kellis Island has a State Park with a number of limestone quarries formed in ice blocks. The shortest of all the Great Lakes, Erie, washes the shores of not only Ohio, but also of Michigan, Ontario in Canada, Pennsylvania, and New York. In winter, the pond freezes, but the flow of tourists does not diminish in spite of everything.