Cincinnati is an American city in Ohio, in the northeast of the country. Geographically, it is located on the border of three states — Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. The southern boundary of the city is the large Ohio River. Winston Churchill called Cincinnati the most continental beautiful town in the United States. The town received its unofficial name courtesy of the poet Henry Longfellow, who called the city "Queen of the West". Cincinnati is one of the oldest cities in the United States, where they honor the history and are not afraid of innovation.
During the Civil War, the city was an important source of soldiers and supplies. It was home to the Ohio Department's headquarters and was also the site where the offensive against Kentucky and Tennessee was conducted.
In 1884, one of the largest riots in U.S. history took place in Cincinnati, when people stood up for a murderer sentenced to hanging. As a result of confrontations between citizens and authorities, 45 people were killed and 125 injured.
Despite the Great Depression in the 1920s, the city grew rapidly thanks to developed river transport, which was much cheaper than railway transport. In 1937, Cincinnati experienced a significant flood.
After World War II, the authorities elaborated on a plan to renovate the city. In 1979, the public was shocked by the news of a massive crush before a concert of the British band "The Who". As a result, 11 people died.
In the XXI century, Cincinnati continues to develop actively, including tourism.
Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:
The best time to visit Cincinnati
In September, the city hosts a major festival Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic, where visitors can enjoy the best food and drinks of the region. It takes place in the historical part of the city outdoors. It offers workshops and meetings with renowned chefs and sommeliers.
There is a comfortable Cincinnati Bell Connector tram, which runs in the center of the city on a loop-like route, just under six kilometers long and goes near the main attractions. Tickets can be purchased at any of the 18 tram stops.
You can get acquainted with the city guide on the official site of Cincinnati. It has a calendar of events, a list of attractions, and entertainment. You can also find out about restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels.
Many city parks are closed between the end of September and the end of March. This is done to preserve the population of deer. The exact opening dates of each of them can be found on the website of the relevant department.
What should a tourist do in Cincinnati?
- Explore art at the Art Museum of Cincinnati, one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. It is located in Eden Park and holds more than 67,000 exhibits from different times and nations. In addition to displaying the main expositions, the museum hosts exhibitions and educational programs for children.
- Try the traditional dish — Cincinnati chili. It is a thick minced beef sauce with tomato paste and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, fragrant pepper, cloves, caraway, chili pepper, and bay leaf). Typically, Cincinnati chili is served with spaghetti, cheese, beans, and onions. This dish was included in the Top-20 of America's most iconic dishes.
- Visit the historic Over-the-Rhine area. Here you'll find The Gateway District, an exclusive and rich neighborhood that once housed over 130 saloons, bars, and pubs, as well as theaters. There is also an entire brewery district with underground tunnels and a tomb where Cincinnati's first residents are buried. Over-the-Rhine is often compared to similar areas in New York City, New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston.
- Take a walk through the Krohn Conservatory, which is almost a hundred years old. It is made of glass and aluminum in the Art Deco style. It contains more than 3.5 thousand plants from all over the world, including a bonsai collection, a garden of succulents and cacti, palm houses, and tropical plants. Weddings and other ceremonies are held here.
- See the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, built in 1866 and which had held the title of the longest suspension bridge not only in the United States but also in the world for twenty years. It is a bit like the Brooklyn Bridge, and it is not a coincidence, because the construction was carried out by the same design engineer. Plus, the Brooklyn Bridge came five years later.
- Admire one of Cincinnati's oldest buildings, Music Hall. It was constructed in 1878 from red brick and was initially intended for symphony orchestra performances. Now it also hosts theatrical performances. The Music Hall still has its original design elements.
- Climb the observation deck of Carew Tower, a prototype of the famous Empire State Building. Both are in the Art Deco style and differ only in the presence of a spire on the New York brother. The site is on the 49th floor and offers a panoramic view of all of Cincinnati.
- Relax in any of the numerous parks. Cincinnati has 49 of them, making it one of the greenest cities in America. You can just wander the paths, ride the carousels, attend educational programs, and a variety of activities.