I wouldn't have thought to use Ohio and hipster in the same sentence, but it turns out, several cities in this small state are indeed quite hip. I kept seeing articles about Ohio's up and coming creativity in the major cities as well as a plethora of water parks, all of which piqued my interest. In my ongoing quest to seek out new and existing hipster cities
and having never been to the Midwest, this presented a perfect road trip opportunity. I wouldn't necessarily put Ohio on my top 10, but it did not disappoint, and I had a great time. What's also nice is the cities are pretty close in proximity, so the driving is quite easy. There is healthy eating, art, museums, and nature interspersed throughout the state.
Cleveland Script Sign
Highlights: Museums, markets, parks, restaurants
Suggest Staying: 3 days
Stay Around: Tremont
Highlights: Markets, neighborhoods, artsy
Suggest Staying: 2-3 days
Stay Around: Short North Arts District
Highlights: Zoo, museums, parks
Suggest Staying: 2 days
Stay Around: Near or In Downtown
4. Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park
Located not far from Columbus, this is probably the best park in Ohio. This place is gorgeous. I thought it resembled Watkins Glen. Lovely little forest canyon hikes with some small waterfalls, depending on the time of year. Very green and the hikes are relatively short. Rock House and Cedar Falls were awesome and there are some waterfalls and such nearby the visitors center. It’s quite damp making the rocks slick, and they are also sandy in spots, so wear good shoes and pay attention while walking. Relatively flat, easy hikes, though there is some elevation for some of the more canyonous hikes. The website has more information on difficulty and what to expect. If you’re heading to Cleveland, this is only slightly out of the way and can be done in a morning or afternoon on the way.