Start your next Southern US tip in the Cincy Region, where you will discover buzzworthy cuisine, vibrant green spaces, all-embracing culture and a diverse arts scene.
Welcome to Cincinnati, where vibrant energy, rich history and captivating attractions converge to create an unforgettable travel experience. Nestled on the banks of the mighty Ohio River, this hidden gem of the Midwest will enchant you with its unique blend of old-world charm and modern vitality. This is where a vibrant urban setting gives way to green spaces and waterways over 70 distinct neighbourhoods, each bringing its own vibe and flavour.
Immerse yourself in the city's captivating history as you stroll along the streets of Over-the-Rhine, a neighbourhood bursting with 19th-century architecture and a vibrant arts scene. Explore the historic Findlay Market, one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the United States, where local artisans, bustling breweries and culinary delights await your senses. As you meander through the cobblestone streets, be transported back in time to an era of horse-drawn carriages and ornate façades.
A charming neighbourhood on a hill above downtown, Mount Adams is known as one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city where panoramic vistas of the Ohio River and the city skyline unfold before your eyes. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Eden Park, home to lush gardens, serene lakes and the iconic Krohn Conservatory or look to the skies above at the Cincinnati Observatory. For outdoor adventures, embark on a leisurely bike ride along the Ohio River Trail, or explore the wonders of the Cincinnati Nature Centre, where tranquillity and natural wonders abound.
Venture into Cincinnati's vibrant downtown, where a dynamic skyline frames the city's modern spirit. Delight in a world-class culinary scene, with an array of farm-to-table restaurants, trendy cafes, and local breweries ready to tantalize your taste buds and leave an indelible mark on your palate. Here you’ll also find free things to do year-round at Fountain Square and an opportunity to expand your mind with visits to significant museums like the National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre and Contemporary Arts Centre.
Just a few blocks away lies the Roebling Bridge – a beautiful, beloved and well-traversed national landmark that unites the states of Ohio and Kentucky and connects you to the neighbourhood of Covington. Built between 1856 and 1866, this suspension bridge served as an engineering prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk across this iconic bridge you’ll find the historic Mainstrasse Village, a designated historic district filled with some of the most unique shops in the region, delicious restaurants and bourbon bars.
Cincinnati also holds a treasure trove of cultural gems. Explore the renowned Cincinnati Art Museum, showcasing masterpieces spanning centuries and continents. Indulge in the melodies of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, renowned for its exceptional performances that stir the soul. Whilst roaming the streets keep an eye out for murals across the city, an award-winning project by ArtWorks with over 147 murals by artists of all ages – see how many you can snap!
While Cincinnati is the queen of beer, Kentucky is known as Bourbon Country, producing 95% of the Bourbon in the world. The neighbourhood of Newport is home to the beloved B Line – a collection of seven bourbon-centric bars, five Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® distilleries such as New Riff Distillery and six restaurants with bourbon-infused items on the menu. This self-guided tour will surely get you started on your bourbon adventure where you can discover new friends and reunite with old favourites. Newport is also home to the Newport Aquarium, Purple People Bridge and Gangster Tours where you can take a journey back in time and discover the original city of sin.
The Cincy Region combines the small-town hospitality of Northern Kentucky with the big-city amenities and attractions of Cincinnati. Here, Midwest friendliness meets Southern charm. Wherever your travels take you in this region, try not to just get swept up by the sights. Be sure to but make sure your tastebuds sample some of the famous Cincinnati-style chili, French pot ice cream, Goetta, craft beer and bourbon.
GMT -4 hours
Direct from Heathrow 8.5hrs
When it comes to the best time to visit Cincinnati, spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) are a firm favourites as the city comes to life with colour however September or May bring beautiful weather and the city's events calendar is packed too.
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