If you are near Dayton Ohio try the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. They have a superb collection of airplanes . You really have to be a student of aircraft history to appreciate most of what is on display . But , for those in your party that are not airplane freaks , they can go to the US Presidents Aircraft Gallery . On display there are the presidential planes of Roosevelt , Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy , a most interesting display .
Tour de Dayton
The Dayton area has an awesome network of bike trails! To cover them all would take a full day and then some. There's a path that goes right along the Miami River, which is really pretty. The paths also cut through parks and towns.
Dayton Masonic Temple
A plaque nearby reads:
The first Masonic Lodge in Dayton was founded in 1808, located in the first Montgomery County Courthouse. Various other locations were home to Masons in Dayton, but by World War I, rapid growth of the Masonic community called for the creation of a new Lodge building. Masons of the time, including civic and business leaders of Dayton, conceived the idea of a new Masonic Center located on the hill at Belmonte Park North and Riverview Avenue. Ground was broken and construction of the $2.5 million Masonic Temple began on July 20, 1925. Through contributions from the Masonic community, the tremendous task of raising a majority of the building cost, $1.5 million, was accomplished in merely ten days in 1924. It is doubtful that the Temple could be duplicated given the fact that the large quantities of marble and mahogany and cherry woods used in construction would be difficult to procure today.
The Dayton Masonic Temple was completed and dedicated on April 3, 1928. The building and grounds occupy eight and a half acres on the west bank of the Great Miami River. The firm of Herman & Brown of Dayton was hired to design this imposing building with its unique Grecian Ionic architectural design. Two hundred and fifty rooms and seven auditoriums, each with a pipe organ, are contained within the eight-story building. Throughout the building's history, the Dayton Masonic Temple has been adapted to different situations. With the onset of World War II, a plan for the Temple to become a temporary hospital was put in place. The Cuban Missile Crisis saw the Temple outfitted as a community Fallout Shelter. Today, the Dayton Masonic Temple stands as a solid memorial to Freemasonry and will continue to serve the community and future generations of Freemasons.
Mom & Pop...homestyle deluxe
This place is the real deal. The owners live a mile from the place, and all five family members (plus the occassional cousin) work there. Places like this are hard to come by now, what with the advent of corporate whores like Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, and Big Boy...this one has survived for over 16 years.
The menu has burgers, salads, spaghetti, some steak, grilled and fried chicken, pork chops, sandwiches, "down home" stuff like chicken friend steak, liver and onions, and hot shots/manhattans, fish, and incredible home-made desserts. Surprisingly enough, there are a several vegetarian and even a couple vegan (spaghetti, salad, side dishes) options. There's also great breakfast (my favorite meal), and they open at 5:30am.... The battered cauliflower is awesome...the best I've ever had. This place is famous for the all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays and Wednesdays...it's really good. The burgers are hand-pattied, comparable to Fuddrucker's, but without the hefty price tag. As an added bonus, this place uses cholesterol-free frying oil, and will cook your food without oil...as well as fulfilling most other special requests.
The biscuits and gravy is the best EVER, and I loooove the entire breakfast menu. It's super cheap too, and they make custom omelets. Desserts too...yum...if you're a chocolate fan, have the BIG FAT chocolate cake...it's HUGE!!! and soooo good.
U.S. AirForce Museum
I truly enjoyed it due to my interest in airplanes. My father worked for McDonnell Douglas Canada (now Boeing) for as long as I can remember. Airplanes were a part of many conversations. This museum will show you just about everything you'll ever want to see from history.