Cincinnati, OH
Ohio
By Diana Dennig

WhatsCheaper.com wants to help you experience Cincinnati. Book your flight here and get a taste of the Queen City, the crown jewel of the Midwest. Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, sports enthusiast, enjoy nightlife or family fun, you will find much to love in this river city.

WhatsCheaper.com makes planning easy; just choose from one of our recommended hotels (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to find the perfect place to rest after your travels. Stay in style, whether you want to be downtown in the heart of it all, or outside the city, closer to other attractions. Cincinnati is easy to reach from either Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) or Dayton International Airport (DAY). Simply follow this link to find the best fares (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).

WhatsCheaper.com suggests you begin your visit downtown, where you will find several “must see” destinations. The city is dotted with architectural gems, including City Hall, Music Hall, Carew Tower, and the Roebling Suspension Bridge, among others. Be sure to enjoy these buildings as you stroll downtown. Visitors will not want miss Fountain Square, the heart of downtown. The Tyler Davidson Fountain is the centerpiece of this public gathering space, which hosts arts and music festivals all summer long, ice skating in the winter, and the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, North America’s largest Oktoberfest.

From the Square, you are close to many cultural venues as well, so WhatsCheaper.com recommends The Contemporary Arts Center, The Aronoff Center for Performing Arts, The Taft Museum of Art, Music Hall, and, only a short distance away, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Museum Center at Union Terminal. Food lovers will want to visit the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood, where many of the city’s early German immigrants once lived. Here you will find Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operating market, selling anything from rack of lamb to Belgian waffles. Go early, and go hungry.

From Downtown, as you make your way to the river, you will find “The Banks” area. While most of this ambitious riverfront development project is still under construction, you will find the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center open with permanent displays and rotating exhibits that explore slavery and freedom. For Major League Baseball action, catch the Reds at Great American Ballpark, or Head west to Paul Brown Stadium to see the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. Both facilities are new, and meld the city’s rich sports heritage with modern conveniences to give fans a great experience.

WhatsCheaper.com suggests that you see the river from a closer vantage point. Sawyer Point, Bicentennial Commons, and Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park all run along the river, affording the visitor beautiful river vistas at every turn. These public spaces include walking and biking paths, playgrounds with water features, an outdoor music pavilion, and sculpture gardens. Perhaps you would like to experience the river first hand; book a dinner cruise or ride on one of the amphibious craft that cruise through downtown then dive into the river!

A short distance from downtown, Eden Park and Mount Adams are the perfect place to explore another side of the city. Overlook Park gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the river, while Mirror Lake offers a tranquil setting around a reflecting pool. Krohn conservatory, built in 1933, houses a vast botanical collection and is home to the annual Butterfly show. The Cincinnati Art Museum houses an impressive collection of art spanning 6,000 years, as well as national and international exhibits. Playhouse in the Park stages professional regional theater productions, with outdoor productions in the summer. WhatsCheaper.com hopes you will set aside some time for these city treasures.

For nightlife options, linger in Mount Adams, where a unique mix of restaurants and bars will satisfy any craving. The Gateway District downtown is a chic, urban mix of newer restaurants and watering holes. If your feet haven’t failed you after a day of sightseeing, walk across the pedestrian-only “Purple People Bridge” into Newport, Kentucky for even more options. While in Northern Kentucky, don’t forget to also stop by Covington, Kentucky. For more information on Covington, please see our profile on the city at this link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/covington_kentucky.php).

Most downtown destinations can be reached on foot or by Metro, but the city is a driver-friendly one. Several major interstates run through or circle the city, making travel easy. WhatsCheaper.com suggests planning your visit so that you can enjoy some of the attractions outside the city as well: King’s Island, Riverbend Music Center, Newport Aquarium, or the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

WhatsCheaper.com will help you plan the perfect trip to Cincinnati. We know you will enjoy all that Cincinnati has to offer.

MUST SEE IN Cincinnati, OH LIST:

  • 1. Carew Tower
  • 2. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • 3. Cincinnati Museum Center
  • 4. Tyler Davidson Fountain
  • 5. Cincinnati Art Museum
  • 6. Great American Ball Park
  • 7. Krohn Conservatory
  • 8. Taft Museum of Art
  • 9. City Hall
  • 10. Findlay Market

Cincinnati, OH EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Cavalcade of Customs - February
  • 2. International Wine Festival - March
  • 3. Cincinnati Reds Opening Day - April
  • 4. May Festival - May
  • 5. Tastes of Cincinnati - May
  • 6. Panegyri Greek Festival - June
  • 7. Coors Lite Jazz Festival - July
  • 8. Great Inland Seafood Festival - August
  • 9. Riverfest - September
  • 10. Oktoberfest - September

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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH
By Rose Overbey

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a beautiful historic hotel that features French Art Deco throughout. Guests will be enamored by the beautiful Brazilian rosewood paneling and ceiling murals. This historic building is truly a fixture in Cincinnati and a fantastic place to call home during your visit.

It is located in downtown Cincinnati right across from Fountain Square, and moments from other attractions down town.  The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is only a short walk from the hotel as is the Taft Museum of Art, Music Hall and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is also only a short drive away.

The Hilton features fine dining at the Orchids at Palm Court. In fact, the restaurant was rated the best restaurant in Cincinnati in 2011. If you’re looking for something more casual, the Grille at Palm Court offers a more laid back feel and casual food. The Bar at Palm Court offers drinks and entertainment. A kiosk offers on-the-go breakfast. Of course if you prefer to dine in your room, the Hilton offers room service as well.

The Gym at Carew Tower, is a full service fitness facility located in the hotel for guests to use free of charge. If offers guests a chance to work out on the latest equipment, swim in a lap pool, sweat it out in the sauna, or just relax in the whirlpool. There are also aerobic classes offered at the gym.

The guestrooms are luxurious and up-to-date. Each room offers the guest the chance to control the temperature. Pillowtop mattresses are featured in every room. Every weekday morning there is a complimentary newspaper delivered. A coffeemaker with Lavazza coffee is also included in the room. No need to worry about packing a hair dryer or iron, as both are included in the guest room.

WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. You’re sure to enjoy your visit. You can do so by following this link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Westin Cincinnati
21 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH
By Keleigh M. Quinn

The Westin Cincinnati has an outstanding location in the middle of the business district, overlooking Fountain Square. This is the closest hotel to the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds, as well as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Within walking distance, you will find the Paul Brown Stadium (home to the Cincinnati Bengals), the Contemporary Arts Center, and a large number of restaurants, bars, and shops. Enjoy the city park right outside, which features ice skating in the winter and farmer’s markets, festivals and music in the spring and summer. Hop on a bus or in a taxi to visit the zoo or aquarium, as well.

In addition to the fabulous location, The Westin Cincinnati offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites to choose from. All rooms have beautiful views of the Fountain, city, or stadiums for you to enjoy. Relax after a long day on your Westin Heavenly Bed®. Rooms also feature adjustable, dual-headed showers and White Tea by Westin™ bath amenities. Stay entertained with the new 37" flat-panel LG LCD televisions. If you are traveling on business, you will enjoy the separate work areas, cordless phone, and high speed internet access, available for an extra fee. Check in time is 3:00 p.m., and check out time is at 12:00 p.m.

If you work up an appetite, you can find several options in the hotel. “Ingredients…some assembly required” is a unique restaurant which features customizable “grab and go” food options. For a more traditional meal, head to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, well known for its steaks and seafood. For a more casual meal, you can try Over Vine, offering contemporary dishes.

The Westin Cincinnati caters to travelers of all kinds. Relax and unwind at the indoor heated pool, or visit the business center to finish up your presentation. Either way, this hotel will surely meet all of your needs. Just click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started with booking your hotel.

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