Travel Guide: Cincinnati Ohio

The Perfect Travel Guide To Cincinnati, Ohio

Learn about the best sites to see, views of the city, coffee shops, and much more!

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I've visited Cincinnati a few times now, so these tips should be adequate for a long weekend in the Queen City! See the sights, eat some amazing food, and make the most of this great city!

Day 1:


- Arrive in the city in the late afternoon and look around as you find your hotel/place you are staying.

- Grab some dinner at the famous Skyline Chili. I suggest either a coney or a classic 3-way chili. Fun fact: their chili recipe has chocolate as an ingredient!

- Go to a park for a night skyline view at a park. Eden Park, Mt. Echo Park, and Devou Park are all parks that I have visited and are located further up a hill to look down towards the city. There are also several parks and parking lots located along the river on the Kentucky side that have great views.

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Day 2:


- Find a fun coffee shop to caffeinate for the day and grab a pastry. Carabello Coffee, Coffee Emporium, and BLOC Coffee Company are three that I have tried, and I have also heard that Sidewinder is fantastic.

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-Head over to Findlay Market - there will be an array of meats, cheeses, and other foods, as well as vendors outside lining the market.

- Explore the Over The Rhine neighborhood. Grab some design inspo from Elm and Iron, and stop in for good smells at the Candle Lab!

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- Find a fun place for lunch. I haven't eaten in this neighborhood, but it is covered with amazing smells that will make your mouth water.

- Stop into Graeter's Ice Cream. I suggest the Buckeye flavor ice cream, or if in season, a black raspberry chocolate chip donut.

- Enjoy your ice cream at Washington Park. There is also a dog park where you can have your fill of "AWE's" for the day.

- Another great place to spend some time is Eden Park. There are Botanical Gardens, as well as butterflies. While I was there, my boyfriend made some friends with climbers and spent time "buildering" (climbing on the outside of buildings or artificial structures) on an old aqueduct, and his sister played fetch with her dog in a large field.

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- All I can ever think about is food, so next up would be dinner. There are several good options around the Clifton Heights and University of Cincinnati area. I have been to Currito and Roll on In, but I have also heard that Keystone's Mac Shack is great.

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- End the night by heading to the Contemporary Art Museum. Admission is free. If art isn't your thing, maybe architecture is. This museum was designed by Zaha Hadid and is a piece of art in itself. Feel free to explore, and find the locked room. Grab a key from the front desk and you will have access to a tiny room with the best carpet on this planet as well as several hand-selected books and a view out into the city.

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Day 3:


- Begin the day with one of my previous coffee shop recommendations or go to Taste of Belgium, a good place for a waffle.

- Drive either to the Kentucky side by the river or find parking near Smale Riverfront Park. Spend time to walk across the historic bridge and take in the views as well as explore the fun adventures the park has to offer, such as bench swings along the riverfront.

- Explore Newport on the Levee. There are various shops, chain businesses, attractions such as a movie theater and bowling. Good views can be found here as well.

- Grab some lunchtime fare at Dewey's Pizza or Tom and Chee.

- Find time to explore what I may have forgotten, or what I may have not been to! I haven't spent a lot of time in the middle of downtown so this would be a great time. Going to the top of some of the skyscrapers or riding the Ferris wheel near the river could be included.

- Head out of the city and remember your fabulous time!

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Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

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Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

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9 Things To Do In Nashville If You Have No Idea What To Do

Trust me, I was just as lost as you are.

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Nashville is a great place packed full of lots of really cool smaller great places that all offer their own unique take on the city. If you're like me, though, and have a hard time ~planning ahead~, then this list is exactly what you need. I went around and got lost and tried all the coolest hidden gems in Nashville so you don't have to. Here are some of my faves.

1. Milk & Honey Nashville

Located in the Gulch, Milk & Honey is the coffee shop/cafe from my dreams. It's decorated perfectly for any cute insta story and y'all when I say their coffee is amazing I mean it. Try it. It's so worth it, and pretty easy to find, too! You can browse their menus here.

2. Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop

While we're on the topic of coffee shops, Frothy Monkey is a MUST try. Trust me, I've drunk A LOT of coffee in my lifetime, and theirs is up in the top 10 of the best. They have other good things too, but if you're a coffee person like me, this place is heaven, I promise. It's right off 12th Avenue and within walking distance of lots of other funky little shops.

3. Two Old Hippies

This is the coolest little shop you will ever go into. Tucked away in the Gulch, it's within walking distance of Milk & Honey, so stop by after you grab a coffee and browse. They have everything from handmade clothes to cool books to refrigerator magnets. This is one of my all time favorites and I know you'll love it too.

4. Baked on 8th

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I fell in love the second I saw the cute sign. Baked on 8th has a great atmosphere and even better little pastries, cookies, and cakes. Their cookies were so good it took every ounce of self-control I had to not go back and order 2 dozen. 12/10 would recommend if you're into Instagrammable locations and bomb sugar-filled desserts.

5. Burger Republic

I get it, you've gotta eat more than just cookies and coffee. As far as restaurants go, this place is home to the best burger I've ever eaten, plus the atmosphere is pretty laid back and great, and it's an awesome place to go and watch pretty much any sporting event happening anywhere relatively close to Nashville. Browse the menu so you can know exactly what to order before you even get there here.

6. Fido

In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a HUGE fan of coffee shops and cafes. Fido was the most perfect little spot. It boasts about its gourmet coffee and great food, and rightfully so. It's also got the coolest funky vibe that makes you just want to sit and stay all day, and it's in a great location and decently close to Vanderbilt.

7. Go see some murals

Nashville is FULL of these bad boys. I know y'all have all seen the countless pictures of those people with big butterfly wings. Well, there's more and they're all around the city and on the side of pretty much every building. It's cliche, but tbh it's also kind of a must do while you're there.

8. Walk around Centennial Park and the Parthenon

This is a really nice place to visit if you're looking to spend a couple of hours away from the concrete of the city, and the Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the one in Greece.

9. Ride one of those little scooters around and explore

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I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I did not ride the scooters. They seem kind of dangerous and I know without a doubt that if I tried to get on one it would not end well for me, the scooter, or anyone within a 3-mile radius. With that being said, though, I did see a lot of people riding them and it looked pretty fun, plus it's a great way to see the city without walking too much. So if you just want to explore, hop on one of these bad boys and pray.

Nashville is a great city full of tons of tourist attractions and amazing musical history, but if you find yourself stuck with nothing to do for a couple of hours before your next walking tour, you're sure to find something on this list that you'll love. So, you're welcome.

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