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For those of you who have passed on visiting the Buckeye State before, you don't know what you've been missing! Surprisingly diverse, Ohio shares the Allegheny and Appalachian Mountain ranges with its eastern neighbors, and is bordered by Lake Erie to the north, and the Ohio River to the south giving this Midwestern state a charm and graceful beauty all its own.
We're going to start our one tank trip off in New Philadelphia, and from the moment you step foot in this pretty Ohio town, you're surrounded by history. Starting with Schoenbrunn Village, visitors will come face-to-face with the past. Began by the Moravian church in 1772 as a mission to the Delaware Indians, Schoenbrunn gives you a glimpse into rural life before the Revolutionary War. Completely reconstructed, travelers will find the original mission cemetery, several log buildings to explore, and a museum. Within this area you will also find the beauty and simplicity of the Amish people. In fact, Ohio supports the largest Amish community in the US, and you'll find many opportunities for purchasing delicate Amish crafts here, as well as delicious bologna and cheese.
Let's head out to our next Ohio RV camping destination, Canton. To get there, take OH-39 W out of New Philadelphia and turn right onto I-77 N/US-250 W exiting onto OH-172 E. Any football fan knows, Canton is the birthplace of a great American sport, and the city is proud of its pigskin heritage. A stop by the Pro Football Hall of Fame will get you in touch with your inner athlete by perusing the world's largest collection of pro-football memorabilia. There's plenty more sites worth exploring in Canton, most notably the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, and the Canton Classic Car Museum, where thousands of piece of nostalgia are just waiting to be enjoyed!
Our next Ohio RV camping stop has us return to I-77 N to arrive at Akron. Today, Akron is known as the “City of Invention”, but in the past it's also been known as the “Rubber Capital of the World”, and the original home of Quaker Oats. Here you can take a walk through history at the Mustill Store and House, an exceptional canal-era building built around 1850, containing many fascinating exhibits on the history of Akron's beginnings. Also notable is the home of John Brown, the famous abolitionist, where visitors can catch a glimpse of one man's fight against slavery. Another must see is the Hower House, an incredible Second Empire Italianate-style mansion, and once home to the famous Akron industrialist, John Hower. Tours are available, and it's one both architecture and history buffs will both enjoy.
For our last stop, take OH-59 E/OH-8 N out of Akron. Merge onto I-271 N and then onto I-90 E. Exit for OH-534 toward Geneva. This leg of the one tank trip is our longest, but well worth it when you finally arrive at this jewel on the shores of Lake Erie: Geneva-on-the-Lake. A veritable paradise for outdoor recreation, Geneva is a great destination for a weekend away, or a far lengthier stay. Travelers here will have all the canoeing, fishing, boating, hiking, birdwatching and kayaking they can handle on the beautiful waters of Lake Erie. Ohio may not be the first name you think of when you hear “wine”, but Geneva lies in the heart of wine country, containing over 20 wineries to tempt your palate. You'll soon discover why Ohio Wine Country produces some of the best wines in the country. And with the Amish cheese and bologna we picked up in New Philadelphia, and a fine local wine, we've got everything we need for a relaxing day on the shores of Lake Erie.
Other Area Sponsors in Ohio:
Cross Creek Camping Resort
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