Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Located 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of downtown Cincinnati in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) serves the Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana areas. One-half of the American population and manufacturing base is within an hour's flight of the airport. (Although located in Kentucky, I am including the airport on my Ohio page, since it is the main airport for the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area).
Airlines serving Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: Air Canada Express, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Comair, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and USA 3000 Airlines.
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Cincinnati/N Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Cincinnati's airport is a big, modern facility that is actually located in Boone County, Kentucky. The airport opened in 1944 as a military airfield, it became commercial in 1946, and it has grown to become a Delta Airlines hub. The airport moved 16.2 million passengers in 2006 to 120 destinations around the world.
I have flown the Cincinnati various times, always on Delta Airlines, usually on trips to the south. This is a modern airport with all of the usual restaurants, magazine stores and more.
The airport is about 20 minutes south of Cincinnati via I-275.
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Canton-Akron is located about 10 miles from both Canton and Akron, Ohio, probably 45 miles from Cleveland and 115 miles from Pittsburgh, offering a convenient alternative to the larger airports. I chose Akron because fares were lower than both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and it is a similar distance from my house as either of the other big airports.
CAK just completed a great renovation that increased the number of gates from 9 to 12 and added a new set of restaurants outside of security where families can wait for passengers. We sat at the sports bar for an hour or so, enjoying a few good beers and I had a pretty good buffalo chicken sandwich.
Former New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson died in a crash at this airport in 1979
Don't confuse CAK with nearby Akron Fulton International Airport which is located just a few miles southeast of Akron.
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The Ohio Turnpike
The Ohio Turnpike (I-80, I-90, I-76) is the major east-west artery across the state. It connects the cities of Youngstown, Cleveland and Toledo. Opened in 1952, it revolutionized travel across this part of Ohio. It starts at the zero (0) mile marker on the border with Indiana at I-80/90. It travels eastward to Toledo (exits 59 and 64). You can take I-75 north to Detroit or south to Findlay, Lima and Dayton.
Beyond Toledo, the turnpike bends south to skirt Lake Erie. At Elyria (exit 142 & 145) I-90 leaves the Turnpike for the direct route to downtown Cleveland and beyond to Erie, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York. From Exit 152 through Exit 194, you have choice for Cleveland, west, south, and east, plus Akron. Exit 161 joins with I-71, which is the trans-Ohio interstate connecting the Three C's of the state, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
At Youngstown, exit 218, I-80 leaves the Turnpike to strikeout across Pennsylvannia and New Jersey (416 miles) directly to New York City. At this same point, I-76 joins the Turnpike from Akron. The Turnpike continues as I-76 south around Youngstown for the Pennslyvannia line, 241 miles (386 km) from Indiana. Beyond, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) passes Pittsburgh heading for Philadelphia.
Note: In any weather, the Turnpike is safer than the adjoining highways. There is a road crew and Highway Patrol district assigned just to the Turnpike. It's cleared of snow first and the pavement is the best kept road in the state if not the nation. For safety, speed, and comfort, this is the way to go.Related to:
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Ohio D O T
The Ohio Department of Transportation provides a limited set of information that is useful to tourists in general.
One of the links is:
It shows information about current road conditions and projected construction plans.
There is a link to real-time cameras on the major hghways.
Another link is:
It gives information about the Ohio Turnpike, like: rest stops, motels, tolls, mileage calculations, rules and regulations.Related to:
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Do Not Speed
Do not speed on the city streets or highways. One of the first things the locals will tell you if you are traveling by car is that the local authorities do not tolerate speeding. They do not believe in excuses and that includes traveling 2-3 miles over the speed limits. I only traveled one road that had a speed limit of 65 and it was a brand new interstate. The average speed limit on highways is 50 mph. But it doesn't take long to get used to it and it is a good way to "slow down" if you are from a big city. Many of the roads are winding and hilly.
For Historic Ohio, Auto Travel is a Must
If you plan to visit the state of Ohio, you certainly need to travel via an automobile. Much of the area we visited was rural and without public transportation. The roads are sometimes narrow, usually quite winding, and, at times, hilly.
Parking was never a problem until we stayed at the Hyatt in Columbus, where we paid for valet parking for two nights so our "packed" car would be safe. It would have been too tempting to leave all of our packages and some of our clothing in the car parked on the street.
From Chicago to Ohio, it takes about 7-8 hours. We shared the driving, and it worked out quite well. It was a good thing that we drove Jill's Ford Escape because it has plenty of room, and we needed it.
With gas prices at an all-time high, we soon discovered that this trip was much more expensive than the last two that we took. The most that we paid was $2.99 per gallon! We also shared gas expenses, alternating the purchase each time.Related to:
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Unfortunately, public transit does not run very well in Ohio. There are busses in the larger cities, but they are far from an ideal form of transportation. The best way to get around is in a car or a motorcycle.
If you live in a neighboring...
If you live in a neighboring state of Ohio (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, etc.), you should drive. It's easier and less exspensive than flying. However, if you live farther away, your best bet is to fly and then take a rental car or taxi to your destination. If you really wanted to, you could take a train.
I drove mostly. It is a...
I drove mostly. It is a pretty state with decent highways to drive on.
Watch out for black ice and fog and heavy rains in winter time though. If it is going to be snowing, you would probably be happier flying into town rather than driving across the state.
And if you are coming from down south you do not want to be driving through the Pennsylvania mountains at any time with snowy/icey conditions or at night with heavy fog/rain. I drove the length of the PA Turnpike scores of times and it was pleasant when it was a nice day. It made me tense though when their was snow or heavy rain/fog. I tended to pull off the road and either take very long, slow meals - or sleep in my car in the parking lot of a PA or Ohio rest stop. The weather can get rough.
Oh, and if your car bettery is getting up around 5 years or however old they are before they near their lives - get a new one before you bring your car up in winter time. Believe me, you will be glad you did.
Leave extra time in transit...
Leave extra time in transit from point A to point B. The state emblem is the orange traffic barrel, of which there are thousands on the highways. Seems highway reconstruction is a state pasttime. Saw them everywhere, from Cleveland to Dayton to the stateline to Indiana.
Since Ohio is so close to...
Since Ohio is so close to everything in the Midwest,The
South and the East coast.It is very accessible by car.
Cleveland's Hopkins International has just completed
a Major Renovation partly by the help of Continental
Airlines,and the Airport has never been a Headache for
me.Driving(the posted speed limit you must) and Flying
to Ohio are very easy.
If you dont want to drive around by car in Ohio(which I
recommend).Cleveland has a very nice RTA Transit
system that now connects you from the Airport to just
about all the Hot spots Downtown by Train.They have
just added new stops near the New Browns stadium as
well as already having stops at Tower City which connect
you to Gund Arena and Jacobs field by an enclosed walkway.
you can fly to one of the big...
you can fly to one of the big cities, but once you arrive you really need to have a car. if you're close to ohio anyway come via auto.
there is some public transportation but it doesn't take you a whole lot of places. drive. you have lots of options to get around (heck, even horse and buggy...you certainly won't be the only one) but i'm telling you that you need a car. drive. DRIVE!
There is parking at the end of...
There is parking at the end of the lane before the Club. Most people park and walk.
Walk, bike or sail.
Ohio is served with aiports at...
Ohio is served with aiports at Columbus, Cincinatti, Cleveland and Dayton.
Buses and trains are not a good bet.
This Hilton is a nice, clean property; it's within walking distance of Paul Brown Stadium (Bengals)...more
Last minute selection coming into Columbus. Good hotel. Clean room, nice staff, good bed. Internet...more
We got a package that covered our accomodations, 2 tickets for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,...more
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