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The Queen City
Home of Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong and the Procter & Gamble Company

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Cincinnati is a small city with just over 300,000 inhabitants. Among them, white people — 50%, African Americans — 43%, mestizos — 4%, Asians — 1%, the remaining 2% — Native Americans, Hawaiians, and islanders. The average age of the population is 32 years, and the ratio of men to women is 48 by 52%.

Brief history

The settlement on this site was founded in 1788 by John Cleves Symmes and Robert Patterson. The original name was Losantiville. It is an abbreviation formed of four words: "L" — the Licking River, "os" — the mouth, "anti" — the opposite, "ville" — the city. Together, it meant "the city opposite the mouth of the Licking River".  Two years later, Losantiville was renamed to Cincinnati after the Society of the Cincinnati, the order in which George Washington was a member. It hadn't got a city status until 1819. In 1836, the Little Miami Railroad ran through its territory.

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.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

The best time to visit Cincinnati

Cincinnati is located between the subtropical and continental climate zones. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild and snowy. The warmest month is June (+30 °C), and the coldest is January (-0.5 °C). On average, about 1000 mm of precipitation falls during the year. In June, the city hosts the Bunbury Music Festival, which brings together music fans from all over the world. Musicians such as Twenty One Pilots, Jack White, The Chainsmokers, Blink-182, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, and others have performed here. 

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.

Useful notes

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.

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