As a born and raised Ohioan, I think we (Ohioans) are pretty lucky to live in such a remarkable Midwestern state! From the rolling Appalachian foothills to the waves crashing ashore the banks of Lake Erie and every thriving city and charming small town in between, Ohio truly has something to offer for everyone. Although I may travel the globe in search of breathtaking landscapes, my heart will forever call Ohio home! Here are 7 reasons I’m thankful to live in Ohio.
1. Lake Erie:
There is just something about listening to the soothing sound of the waves crashing upon the shore that completely relaxes me. Lake Erie offers lakeside bliss with miles of shoreline for lake-loving visitors and locals alike.
Lake Erie Bluffs
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2. Vibrant Cities:
While I’m a country girl at heart, the vibrant cities of Ohio always tempt me to change my mind. Ohio’s three big C’s- Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati offers art and culture, thriving culinary and cocktail scenes and live entertainment can be found seven days a week!
3. Amish Country:
As one of Ohio’s most popular tourist attractions, Amish Country offers visitors a slower pace of life in rural Ohio. Take a drive through picturesque farmland, dine on delicious homemade cooking and adopt the quiet lifestyle of the locals.
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4. Ohio Wineries:
With more than 265 wineries producing over 1.1 million gallons of wine per year, Ohio wines have received accolades throughout the country and have won numerous international wine competitions. From whites to reds, dry to sweet, there is an Ohio wine to satisfy every palate!
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5. Hocking Hills:
The stunning natural beauty of Hocking Hills State Park’s 2,356 acres is a dream come true for nature enthusiasts. From rugged cliffs and caves to sandstone gorges and beautiful waterfalls, the breathtaking scenery of the Hocking Hills region is a sight to behold!
Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills
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6. Motorcycle Routes:
From sweeping gentle curves to sharp twists and hairpin turns, Ohio’s country roads are the perfect setting for motorcyclists. With thrilling and potentially challenging routes, the lure of Ohio’s open roads will beckon you to return every riding season.
Ohio’s Windy 9
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7. Charming Small Towns:
Growing up in a small town, I’ve come to appreciate the friendly nature and community spirit of the locals. No matter where in the world I may be, my small-town roots are proudly on display as I smile and say hello to almost everyone I meet!
Ohio’s friendly disposition can be found in small towns throughout the state, charming visitors with our laid-back Midwestern spirit!
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These are just a few of the many reasons to be thankful to live in Ohio…especially since Ohio is the heart of it all!
Why are you thankful to live in Ohio? Let me know in the comments below!