Ohio already ranks as one of the most beautiful states in the county. Ohio has just about every kind of landscape you could want all rolled up into a state you can drive across in just about four hours. In the eastern part of the state, you have rolling foothills and mountains. These hills fade into rolling plains, farmland, and vineyards toward the central part of the state rolling westward until the Indiana Border. Northern Ohio is where you find the beaches, along with the great lake coasts of Lake Erie, and North Western Ohio offers even more access to other states like Michigan and even close access to Canada.
The warmer months are beautiful in the heart of the Midwest, but its when winter sets in that the real beauty of Ohio shows itself to the world. Here are 4 winter road trips that the entire family can enjoy in this midwest winter wonderland.
Toledo Ohio is about as far north in Ohio as you can get, and just 16 miles across the Michigan border is a little town called Ida. Every year since 1982 the town has been hosting an annual Winter Festival and the parade of lights. The festival is a huge vendor and craft show complete with sparking lighted floats and fireworks at night, running from December 2nd through the 4th.
Just 55 miles across the Michigan Border and a stone’s throw from Detroit is the town of Westland which is home to the annual Wayne County Lightfest. It runs from November 17th – December 31st and lets you experience the beauty of holiday lights without leaving your car. The lightfest has 5 miles of gorgeous winter light displays you can view while staying toasty warm in your car.
Ever wanted to take a ride on the Polar Express. Well in Peninsula, Ohio you can. Located in the midst of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, every winter they Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad transforms itself into a magical holiday experience for kids of all ages
If you’re ok with a bit of a longer trip, then Hocking Hills park in Logan, Ohio is for you. It’s just about 203 miles from the Toledo area, but once winter sets in the frozen waterfalls throughout the park are truly breathtaking. Just make sure to bundle up.
The Northwest Ohio area has so much to offer with Cedar Point in the Sandusky Area, and Detroit, Chicago, and Canad just a stone’s throw away, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy especially during the holidays. Before you set out on your getaway, take a drive down to Rouen Chrysler and get your car serviced and ready to hit the road.