As the first major inland city settled during the westward expansion, Cincinnati became known as the “Queen of the West.” It retains its old-school charm, while offering modern attractions including a Flying Pig Marathon. Here are a few of the best ways to spend three days in Cincy.
Day 1 – Travel Back in Time
Start your visit with a trip down the historic Mississippi River in an old-fashioned riverboat. Learn about the history of the city and enjoy a meal too. www.bbriverboats.com
In the days before the Civil War, Cincinnati played a key role as a border town between Ohio, which did not allow slavery, and Kentucky, which did. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center traces the heroic legacy of the Underground Railroad and the struggle to abolish slavery. www.freedomcenter.org
Once the center of life for many German immigrants, Over-the-Rhine is a neighborhood that showcases the diverse architectural styles of the late 18th century. Spend the rest of the day taking in the sights that rival neighborhoods in New York City, Vienna, and Munich. www.cincinnatiusa.com
Day 2 – A Day on the Town
Cincinnati Museum Center, located at Union Terminal, houses three permanent museums and offers a wide array of exhibits and activities. Special group rates are available. www.cincymuseum.org
Every season in the Queen City hosts a different festival that is bound to thrill attendees of all ages. Among them are the Taste of Cincinnati Festival and the largest Oktoberfest in the nation, in honor of Cincinnati’s German heritage. www.cincinnatiusa.com
Day 3 – City Sights
The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team in sports history. The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum offers all baseball fans a comprehensive look into the sport’s heralded past.
Home to various events throughout the year, Fountain Square is considered to be the very center of Cincinnati. Take a break and enjoy lunch next to the historic Tyler Davidson Fountain, dedicated in 1871 to the people of Cincinnati. www.downtowncincinnati.com
For excellent city views and even better dining, stop by one of the many restaurants along the cobblestone streets of Mount Adams. A favorite is The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant, housed in the old Rookwood Pottery Co. building. The restaurant serves up some of the city’s best burgers. www.therookwood.com