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Cincinnati Travel Guide


Cincinnati Introduction


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Located in the heartland of the Midwest on the Ohio River, Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Greater Cincinnati area in northern Kentucky are beautiful and serene spots for a vacation in the southwest Ohio area.  Click here to see the full Cincinnati travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cincinnati Geography


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Rome. Istanbul. Cincinnati? Like those ancient centers of civilization, Cincinnati is built on seven sloping hills, giving this city in southwestern Ohio a certain rolling charm. The Ohio River forms the city's southern boundary and separates the state of Ohio from neighboring Kentucky and Indiana. The city is relatively easy to navigate, so long as you understand that some streets go over the hills and some go around them. The exceptions are the interstates—I-75, I-74 and I-71—that bisect the city. Circling Cincinnati is I-275, which links parts of Ohio, Indiana and northern Kentucky.   Click here to see the full Cincinnati travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cincinnati History


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That the Ohio River always has taken center stage is only proper: The Queen City (as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Cincinnati) owes its existence and fortunes to the river. The city was founded in 1788 as Losantiville and was rechristened Cincinnati two years later. But it was the creation of the Miami-Erie canals that fully established the city's importance in the shipping of regional farm products (particularly pork) to northeastern cities. An influx of German, Italian and Irish immigrants in the mid-1800s brought the city a new ethnic mix and provided the labor to build its port operations and other industries.   Click here to see the full Cincinnati travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cincinnati Sightseeing & Things to Do


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You'll find the flavor of Cincinnati in its many neighborhoods. (You may need to drive from one area to the next, but you'll want to park your car when downtown.) Start your exploration at the riverfront. Once an industrial wasteland, this strip of land along the Ohio River has been reclaimed and turned into a series of lovely parks with fountains, gardens, public-performance areas and scenic overlooks. You can lounge on the Serpentine Wall (steep concrete steps that wrap around the river in large undulating curves) and watch boats glide under the Ohio's many bridges. Nearby, pig statues pay playful homage to the city's past as a pork processor. (Cincinnati once was known as Porkopolis.)  Click here to see the full Cincinnati travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cincinnati Nightlife


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Main Street Entertainment District, located in Over-the-Rhine, is the hub of Cincinnati's nightlife. Although it is downtown's hottest night spot, it is still struggling to rid itself of bad press related to crime in that area. But this once-dilapidated neighborhood now has numerous bars and dance clubs that continue to draw crowds.   Click here to see the full Cincinnati travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cincinnati Restaurants & Dining


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No one should leave town without trying Cincinnati chili. Cincinnati's version is derived, oddly enough, from a Greek recipe, and rather than being spicy-hot, it's a little sweet, spiked with hints of chocolate and cinnamon. The way it's served also is distinctive. One-way is chili in a bowl; two-way is chili over spaghetti; three-way adds cheddar cheese; four-way adds onions or kidney beans; and five-way comes with everything.   Click here to see the full Cincinnati travel guide on Travel42 »

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