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Cincinnati and Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio

Let's go to Cincinnati for a long weekend is not something you hear often. A small city in Ohio can't possibly have anything to offer for avid tourists. Cincinnati is an easy five hour drive from Chicago, and as we approached from Indianapolis, the first thing that pleasantly surprised us was the hills. Cincinnati is near Indiana, and sits right on the border of Ohio and Kentucky and is home to less than 300,000 people.

We stayed at the Kingsgate Marriott at the University of Cincinnati, a perfect compromise between proximity to downtown and the distance from the crowds and hassle. The university was recently voted by Forbes magazine as one of the top universities campuses in the world, and as we walked through we knew why. Frank Gehry designed a building and the football stadium is bang in the middle of the campus. Coolest campus ever. The hotel is also walking distance from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The zoo is the second oldest zoo in the U.S. It opened in 1875, just 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo on July 1, 1874. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the United States, dating from 1875. Spread over many acres, with hundreds of exhibits, the zoo is the perfect place to spend a day in Cincinnati with or without kids.

Cincinnati is on the Ohio River and on the opposite bank is Newport, Kentucky. Between the two cities, there is plenty of development to allow for relaxing walks by the river. Newport, Kentucky has a big tourist attraction called Newport on the Levee and is perfect to catch a bite, catch the sunset behind Cincinnati or simply catch a movie. The Newport Southbank Bridge, popularly known as the "Purple People Bridge", stretches 2,670 feet over the Ohio River, connecting Newport to Cincinnati. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky and was Roebling's first version of the more famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Downtown Cincinnati is focused around Fountain Square, a popular public square and event location. The Taste of Cincinnati is held on the last weekend of May. Cincinnati is also home to numerous structures that are noteworthy due to their architectural characteristics or historic associations including the Carew Tower, the Scripps Center, the Ingalls Building and the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood just to the north of Downtown Cincinnati, boasts among the world's largest collections of Italianate architecture and is one of the largest historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cincinnati was voted by the Lonely Planet guide as one of the Top 10 places to visit in 2012 and after visiting it, we would definitely say, if you are driving by or within driving distance, make the trip. Spend a weekend.
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Cincinnati - a view from Mount Adams
Cincinnati - a view from Mount Adams
Sunset, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunset, Cincinnati, Ohio
Barge carrying coal, sunset, Cincinnati, Ohio
Barge carrying coal, sunset, Cincinnati, Ohio
Twilight, Cincinnati, Ohio
Twilight, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fifth Third Bank, US Bank, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fifth Third Bank, US Bank, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
PNC Tower, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
PNC Tower, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Center at 600 Vine, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Center at 600 Vine, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Paul Brown Stadium, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Paul Brown Stadium, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Downtown Cincinnati, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Downtown Cincinnati, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
PNC Tower, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
PNC Tower, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Great American Tower at Queen City Square, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Great American Tower at Queen City Square, View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
Taylor Southgate Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Taylor Southgate Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Purple People Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Purple People Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Purple People Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Purple People Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Belle of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Belle of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Italianate Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hughes Center High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hughes Center High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Genius of Water, Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, Ohio
"The Genius of Water", Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Genius of Water, Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, Ohio
"The Genius of Water", Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Genius of Water, Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, Ohio
"The Genius of Water", Tyler Davidson Fountain, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fountain Square, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fountain Square, Cincinnati, Ohio
Taste of Cincinnati
Taste of Cincinnati
Fountain Square, Taste of Cincinnati 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fountain Square, Taste of Cincinnati 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio
Daniel Carter Beard Big Mac Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Daniel Carter Beard "Big Mac" Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Newport Southbank Bridge, Purple People Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Newport Southbank Bridge, Purple People Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio River, between Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky
Ohio River, between Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky
Downtown Cincinnati
Downtown Cincinnati
View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
View from Carew Tower, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati - McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati - McMicken Hall
University of Cincinnati - Frank Gehry designed Vontz Center
University of Cincinnati - Frank Gehry designed Vontz Center
Vontz Center, Frank Gehry, Cincinnati, Ohio
Vontz Center, Frank Gehry, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati, Medical center
University of Cincinnati, Medical center
University of Cincinnati - Nippert Stadium
University of Cincinnati - Nippert Stadium
Oakley Square, Cincinnati, Ohio
Oakley Square, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio - Mural
Cincinnati, Ohio - Mural
Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Newport, Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio
Newport, Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross Immaculata Church, Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mount Adams Neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mount Adams Neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mt. Adams Monk Mobile, Cincinnati
Mt. Adams Monk Mobile, Cincinnati
Mount Adams neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mount Adams neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mount Adams neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mount Adams neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mount Adams neighborhood, Cincinnati
Mount Adams neighborhood, Cincinnati
Insect life, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Insect life, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Insect life, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Insect life, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mt. Adams park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mt. Adams park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fountain, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fountain, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Aglamesis Brothers, Cincinnati, Ohio
Aglamesis Brothers, Cincinnati, Ohio
Taste of Belgium, Cincinnati
Taste of Belgium, Cincinnati
Fountain, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Fountain, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Waterfalls, Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
Cincinnati zoo, Ohio
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