Happy Monday, friends! January is flying by, and so far I am really enjoying 2019. Although I love the start of a new year, January in Ohio can be extremely tough to endure. Between the cold weather and the end of the holidays, it seems that there is never enough to do. One of my latest posts (click here!) tackled beating the winter blues in Ohio, so this week, I thought I would continue the trend with some fun day trips to take in Ohio when you and your friends or family need something exciting and new to do on the weekends, especially in this cold weather!

I’ve mentioned most of these destinations in previous posts, but I am drawing attention to them again because they are perfect places to visit any time of the year. Whether you are from Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton or surrounding areas, at least a couple of these options are within 1-2 hours driving distance and perfect for a day trip on a nice Saturday or Sunday (or any day you have off)!

(P.S. If you click the title of each destination, it will take you to their website!)

Here are 5 easy day trip destinations in Ohio

Hocking Hills

As many of you know, I’ve written about Hocking Hills in the past (click here), but it is truly one of the best places to visit in Ohio, no matter what season. My roommates and I are getting a cabin in Hocking Hills next month, so I will definitely give you guys a full review with some suggestions on what to do there once we get back in late February.

Yellow Springs

This cute, hippie town is located right near Dayton and offers fun boutiques to explore, great local restaurants, and awesome events every month! I love exploring little towns, especially when they have galleries featuring work from local artists.

Mark your calendars for June 8, 2019– that’s when their annual street fair is going to take place!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ohio’s only national park is a hidden gem in Northeast Ohio. One of the most beautiful nature reserves near Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park has hiking and walking paths, bike rentals in the summer, and a newly renovated visitor’s center.

Amish Country

If you are fascinated with learning about other people’s cultures, then I highly recommend taking some time to visit Amish Country. Located in Holmes County, there are bed & breakfasts, antique shops, and a number of different events going in any given season.  

Take time to enjoy some homemade food and learn about what it’s like to be Amish!

Downtown Kent

I’ve visited Kent a few times during high school when I ran track and field, but I am anxious to explore downtown now that it’s been a few years since I was last in the area. With most of the attractions on or near Main Street, there is plenty to choose from. Click here to visit their website and see all of events, restaurants, and activities going on.

Thanks for reading, everyone! I’m really looking forward to what is in store this year for A Little Ohio Blog! 🙂

Ali