Ohio is in the Midwest, its northern limits bordering Lake Erie. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," it is the country's seventh most populous state, with several major metropolitan cities, as well as many small, rural towns. Ohio is home to a number of world-renowned tourist attractions.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky, has been named "Best Amusement Park in the World" by "Amusement Today Magazine," and is known as America's roller coaster capital. The park features 17 heart-stopping roller coasters, the biggest collection of coasters in the world, as well as water rides, go karts, bumper cars, giant swings and two miniature golf courses. Visitors can also charter boats to go fishing, go para-sailing or ride personal watercrafts.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is a music lover's dream come true. The nonprofit museum educates visitors about the history of rock music and the lives and careers of the world's most well known musicians. The museum has thousands of music artifacts, including Elvis Presley's jukebox, an orange suit worn by Chuck Berry, and guitars owned by members of the Beatles, The Who and Metallica. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame regularly hosts live performances and educational programs.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Sports fanatics of all ages flock to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, near Akron. Each year in August, the site honors the best athletes and coaches in professional football by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Inductees are voted in by a selection committee consisting of representatives from each team in the NFL. The Hall of Fame museum features educational exhibits and many jerseys, footballs and other memorabilia connected with NFL players.
No zoo in the country has been more positively recognized than the Columbus Zoo, which has been named "Best Zoo in America" by USA Travel Guide. The zoo was founded in 1927, but gained increased publicity when Jack Hanna, a world-renowned animal expert and conservationist, took over as director. The zoo features more than 7,000 animals, as well as an amusement park, water park and golf resort. The zoo recently started a $180 million renovation that will add more than 600 acres of land, making it the largest zoo in the country.