Cincinnati's many hills, green parks, and neighborhoods radiate north from Downtown. The downtown area is laid out along the north bank of the Ohio River, with numbered streets running east–west (2nd Street is Pete Rose Way), and named streets running north–south. (Remember the names with the acrostic "Big Strong Men Will Very Rarely Eat Pork Chops," for, from east to west, Broadway, Sycamore, Main, Walnut, Vine, Race, Elm, Plum, and Central.) Vine Street divides the city into east and west. Fountain Square—which underwent a multi-year renovation that was unveiled in 2006—is the center of a thriving and eminently walkable downtown. Skywalks connect hotels, convention centers, stores, and garages, though the city has been dismantling some sections as part of a long-term plan to bring pedestrian life back to street level.

Across the river is Covington, Kentucky, with a prominent historic district lined with antebellum mansions and wonderful views from Riverside Drive. If flying into Cincinnati, you'll arrive across the river at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), 12 mi southwest of Downtown in Hebron, Kentucky.

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  • 1. Cincinnati Art Museum

    Eden Park | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 1881 in Eden Park, the museum explores 5,000 years of art through paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and special exhibitions from...Read More

  • 2. Contemporary Arts Center

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This museum presents the work of today's most cutting-edge artists—starting with the artistry of the building itself, the first freestanding...Read More

  • 3. Aronoff Center for the Arts

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    Broadway plays, musical acts, comedians, and other performers frequent the Aronoff Center, a state-of-the-art facility with three separate stages...Read More

  • 4. BB Riverboats


    Hop aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, Mark Twain, or River Queen for a lunch, dinner, or sightseeing cruise on the Ohio River around Cincinnati...Read More

  • 5. Cincinnati Bengals

    Downtown | Sports Venue

    Cincinnati's National Football League team plays in state-of-the-art Paul Brown Stadium on the riverfront. In 2007 the stadium placed 101st...Read More

  • 6. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

    West End | Museum/Gallery

    One of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country, Union Terminal simplified a muddled infrastructure of five train stations...Read More

  • 7. Cincinnati Nature Center

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    East of Cincinnati, near Milford, is a 1,025-acre nature preserve with 18 mi of trails. Hikers of all fitness levels are accommodated through...Read More

  • 8. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

    Eden Park | Arts/Performance Venue

    The performing-arts organization stages productions year-round at its eponymous theater in Eden Park. Local and national actors are featured. ...Read More

  • 9. Cincinnati Reds

    Downtown | Sports Venue

    The oldest professional team in baseball and 1990 World Champions play at Great American Ball Park from April through October. Fans in the...Read More

  • 10. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Clifton | Zoo/Aquarium

    Famous for its white Bengal tigers, this is one of the country's most respected zoological institutions. In 1999 it was one of three facilities...Read More

  • 11. Eden Park

    Eden Park | City Park

    Cincinnati is known for its grand and sumptuous parks, and this aptly named green space is the best of them all. Overlooking downtown Cincinnati...Read More

  • 12. Fountain Square

    Downtown | Plaza/Square

    Everything and everyone from parades to politicians stop here at the center of Downtown. The centerpiece of this Queen City landmark is the...Read More

  • 13. Harriet Beecher Stowe Memorial

    Walnut Hills | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Uncle Tom's Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe lived here in the 1830s. You can view her journal, along with exhibits on the abolitionist movement...Read More

  • 14. Immaculata Church

    Mt. Adams | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The churchyard provides a sterling view of the city. ...Read More

  • 15. Krohn Conservatory

    Eden Park | Garden

    The Eden Park sanctuary houses thousands of species of flora from all corners of the world. Krohn is divided into several environments, including...Read More

  • 16. Mount Airy Forest and Arboretum

    Mt. Airy | Forest

    Come here in spring, when the lilacs, azaleas, and flowering trees on the 120-acre arboretum are in bloom. You can hike through the 1,400 acres...Read More

  • 17. Music Hall

    Over-the-Rhine | Arts/Performance Venue

    In a style since dubbed "sauerbraten Gothic," this modified and modernized Gothic structure was built in 1878. A 2-ton brass-and-hand-cut-crystal...Read More

  • 18. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    In the years before and during the Civil War, Cincinnati was one of the major hubs along the secret road from bondage in the South to freedom...Read More

  • 19. Newport Aquarium


    On the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, this aquarium is just a two-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. The fish are visible through clear...Read More

  • 20. Showboat Majestic

    Downtown | Arts/Performance Venue

    Built in 1923, among the last of the old showboats, the Majestic has floated on the Cincinnati riverfront since 1967. Operation of the showboat...Read More

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