4 places you should visit within driving distance of Dayton


4 places you should visit within driving distance of Dayton

Summer is here and with it comes warm days, long nights and road trips. Explore these unique cities that are all within driving distance of Dayton (by driving distance).


Drive time: 1 hour to 90 minutes

Columbus’ Short North is perfect for either a day trip or a night on the town. With a multitude of eclectic shops and eating establishments running along High Street, there’s a little something for everyone. 

Large murals like this rendition of American Gothic grace the exterior walls of buildings in the Short North Arts District in Columbus. BAILEY LYTLE/SHORT NORTH ALLIANCE


Drive time: 2.5 hours
Home to both the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville is steeped in Southern charm and bourbon. The city is also home to the Louisville Mega Cavern, which is the world’s only fully underground zip lines, bike course and ropes course which spans 100 acres under the city. 



Drive time: 2.5 hours

Toledo, situated on Lake Erie and the Maumee River, is known as both the Glass City and the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest.” The city showcases its past and present at the internationally known Toledo Museum of Art and the National Museum of the Great Lakes. 

At the Toledo Museum of Art you can see Alexander Calder's piece "Stegosaurus," painted steel, 1973. CONTRIBUTED


Drive time: 4 hours

Pittsburgh, known as the City of Bridges, boasts of having the most bridges of any city in the world. The city has reinvented itself from a struggling steel town to a modern city that attracts those who love fine dining and the arts. 

The Duquesne Incline gives people an especially scenic view of the city. PITTSBURGH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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