I don’t talk about Toledo and northwestern Ohio often. But as a former student at Bowling Green State University and explorer of the area, it is somewhere that is near to my heart.
The complete opposite of the southeastern part of Ohio, this area is flat. While Cincinnati and Athens are covered in green, rolling hills, northwestern Ohio is covered in farmland and wide-open spaces that rival the prairies of the Midwest. Until the city of Toledo peeks out, a drive north on Interstate 75 is rather sleepy.
Toledo is a textbook industrial, Rust Belt city that has tons of hidden gems not to be missed if you are in the area. The Toledo Museum of Art is a beautiful museum that houses pieces from Renoir and a glass collection. The Blair Museum of Lithophanes is a great and unexpected Toledo attraction for the art lover. Visitors will experience a treasure trove of beautiful Victorian art that can’t be seen anywhere else.
And what would a Rust Belt city be without beautiful churches and stunning cathedrals? Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo’s Old West End is absolutely stunning and rivals some of the most beautiful churches in America and Europe.
Lucas County also has some beautiful parks and outdoor attractions to keep the Toledo traveller busy. Wildwood Preserve Metropark is a beautiful park that is perfect to walk, hike, or bike. There is tons of beautiful wildlife and it is well maintained, a great plus for park-goers. There are also a few attractions within the park, such as the Oak Grove School, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1893 that can be toured and for $3, kids can experience lessons like were taught when the schoolhouse was built. The Wildwood Manor House is another attraction that is not to be missed in the park that can be toured for free. You can even have tea in the Solarium.
Oak Openings Preserve is the largest of the parks in Lucas County that has a variety of hiking trails and even a horseback-riding trail for those looking for something a little different. There are plenty of different areas to explore in this park to satisfy everyone.
While it would be easy to pick out the first hotel that comes up on Kayak while staying in Toledo, the city has a few bed & breakfasts that would be a great choice for any traveller to experience more of the city. The Mansion View Inn Bed & Breakfast is a stunning Victorian mansion that is over 100 years old. The location is also perfect for exploring Toledo. It is only a block away from the Toledo Museum of Art.
While not the first choice for most people going on a vacation, Toledo is a great choice for travellers looking for somewhere new where they can travel on a budget. Try Toledo and northwestern Ohio, it is a great place for a traveller looking for a destination with a bunch of history and outdoor attractions.