Ohio has it all—beautiful rivers and lakes, cosmopolitan cities, sweeping hills and lush valleys. This spring, check out some of the state’s special scenic vistas from a new vantage point.
Cincinnati, one of the most picturesque cities anywhere, offers a variety of ways to take in the scenery from the majestic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge as you approach the city from Kentucky, to the glass-walled observatory at Carew Tower to the quaint streets of Mount Adams. The Roebling Bridge was an engineering feat when it opened in 1867, at that time the world’s longest suspension bridge. Spanning the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky, the bridge was the first to use vertical and diagonal suspension cables. Listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1975, the bridge continues to carry thousands of vehicles over the river each day. Learn more about the bridge at www.cincinnati-transit.net/suspension.html.
Prior to the opening of the 665-foot Great American Tower at Queen City Square in 2011, the Carew Tower held the distinction of being Cincinnati’s foremost skyscraper. At 574 feet, this beautiful Art Deco structure was built in 1931, named a National Historic Landmark in 1994 and provided inspiration for the more famous Empire State Building. Take the elevator to the observation deck on the 49th
floor and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Learn more about the building’s construction and history at www.cincinnati.com/visitorsguide/stories/022701_carewtower.html.
The highest point in all of Ohio, though, is in Bellefontaine, northeast of Dayton, where you’ll find Campbell Hill, which rises 1,550 feet above sea level. First known as Hogue’s Hill, Campbell Hill became home to the 664th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, a Cold War-era early warning radar group, in the 1950s. The military installation was closed in 1960, and today, Campbell Hill is home to Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, a vocational technical high school. Public access is available during weekdays. Learn more about what there is to see and do in Bellefontaine at www.ci.bellefontaine.oh.us/.
Take your next Ohio getaway to new heights. There’s nothing like the view from the top of these unique sights.