Welcome to Ohio
Located to the south of Lake Erie, Ohio is the easternmost of
the Great Lake states and one of the most industrialised regions in
the country. Railroads, the Ohio River and the ports on Lake Erie,
as well as the construction of the Erie-Ohio Canal linking the two
waterways, aided the state's development as a major manufacturing
centre, combined with abundant natural resources that enabled its
cities to become important centres of industry. However most of the
industry is clustered around the Ohio River to the east.
Ohio's proficiency as a manufacturing hub continues today, but
cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland have undergone a major
rejuvenation and are surprisingly attractive, having successfully
managed to exchange factories and warehouses for gleaming downtown
centres. Cincinnati offers a variety of museums, galleries, fine
dining and shopping, while Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
is a major, internationally-acclaimed attraction. Fascinating
neighbourhoods, miles of parklands and a revitalised lakefront
image are drawing visitors to this city on the shores of Lake Erie.
The state capital of Columbus is the main hub of education,
research and commerce and is a lively college city with fine
architecture and several interesting museums.
Although dominated by its three main cities, the most visited
destinations in the state are the sandy shores of the Lake Erie
Islands with a wide range of recreational activities including
boating, fishing, swimming, as well as numerous historical sites
and nature areas.
Despite its association with industry and pollution, the state
of Ohio is mostly covered in fertile farmland, and the northeast is
home to the world's largest Amish population, a decidedly
old-fashioned community who sell their freshly grown produce along
with traditional handmade crafts in the small town country shops.
To the south lies Ohio's outback, a less populated region that is
heavily forested and can best be experienced in Wayne National
Information & Facts
Ohio's climate ranges from one extreme to the other with summer
temperatures reaching up to 90°F (32°C) with some slight humidity.
Thunderstorms and light rain can be expected in the late spring and
early summer. September is warm and sunny and some of the world's
most beautiful foliage can be found in Ohio at this time of year.
October is cool with evening temperatures dropping to around 40°F
(4-6°C). Winters are cold with plenty of snow in Northern Ohio
round Lake Erie while the southern part of the state experiences
slightly warmer temperatures.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).