Cincinnati lies on the northern banks of the Ohio River and is the state’s third biggest city after Columbus and Cleveland. Charles Dickens remarked that he had ‘not often seen a place that commends itself so favourably and pleasantly to a stranger’ in the 19th century, and modern Cincinnati is every bit as welcoming.
After your flight to Cincinnati, you’ll certainly want to visit the city’s Over-the-Rhine historic district. This area was once home to a large German immigrant population and boasts some fine Italianate architecture. This is where you’ll find Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest public market as well as a range of entertainment venues including Music Hall and the city’s opera and symphony orchestra. Visit Washington Park to see the musical fountains, or try some of the terrific restaurants in the Gateway Quarter.
Take a walk across the John A. Roebling suspension bridge as featured in the famous film, Rainman. The bridge is one of the major sights in the city and was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was first erected. Other notable sights include Carew Tower, and the views over the city from the observation deck of its second tallest building are breathtaking.
Learn all you need to know about the city and its culture and history in a trip to the Cincinnati Museum Centre and Union Terminal. You’ll discover a history museum, a natural history and science museum, a children’s museum and much more inside this iconic building.
The city has over 100 parks and green spaces, and is also home to a real American treasure, the Coney Island amusement park. You’ll also find one of the largest amusement parks close to the city – King Island is just 20 miles (32 km) from the centre of town and ideal for a family day out.
With museums, galleries, great shopping and entertainment and some of the nation’s top sporting teams such as the Reds and the Bengals, there is something to please everyone in Cincinnati.
South Ohio Regional Transit Authority (or SORTA) run the city’s Metro buses which cover routes on the Ohio side of the state line, while the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky or TANK covers routes on the Kentucky side. Between the two bus companies getting around the city is simple. However, services marked X are express services so check that they will stop where you want to alight. There are also plenty of taxi stands in the central district and you can hail taxis on the street. Fares can vary so ask before you get on board, and enquire about discounts on cross-town routes. Walking is popular with locals and visitors and the covered Skywalk is a free and interesting way to traverse part of the city.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is 13 miles (20.9km) south of the city and is the only airport in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky with non-stop international flights to Europe. It’s where most visitors arrive and getting into the city is fairly straightforward. Those who want to drive will find all the major car rental outlets in the terminals, and TANK operate a regular shuttle bus service to the city centre. There are also taxis available from outside arrivals for a set fare.
Travellers will need to book flights to Cinci./N. Kentucky (CVG) if they wish to fly to Cincinnati. The Cincinnati airport is 14.2 km from the city centre.