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Cincinnati, is Ohio's third largest city and lies on the North bank of the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio in the United States of America. Across the river in Kentucky are the cities of Covington and Newport.
Downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by picturesque foothills on all sides, creating many beautiful views of the Queen City and its legendary skyline, made famous both by the television show "WKRP", which showed the city in the opening crs of every episode, and the Skyline Chili company which was founded here.
Cincinnati is named after The Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded at the end of the Revolutionary War and was itself named after the Roman consul Cincinnatus. Arthur St. Clair, a member of The Society of the Cincinnati and the first governor of the Northwest Territory renamed Losantiville to Cincinnati in honor of the Society.
In its early years, Cincinnati's local economy was powered largely by the pork industry. This pork heritage was made evident by the many flying pig statues that lined the streets of downtown during the Big Pig Gig in the summer of 2000. Many of these pigs are still on display at various locations downtown, as well as various businesses, parks, and private residences throughout the area.
Cincinnati also has a wonderful riverboat heritage due to the large, steam powered, paddle-wheel driven vessels that were used for exportation of the locally produced pork products. The local stretch of river here is overrun by riverboats (and people) during the Tall Stacks Festival which calls Cincinnati its home every few years. Baseball is another Cincinnati tradition going back a long way. The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team, which is why they get opening day at home, every season. Most recently, the city has built the Reds a new ballpark, arguably the most beautiful in major league baseball, The Great American Ballpark. Other recent developments on the riverfront include Paul Brown Stadium (new home of the Bengals), the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY, and The Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Cincinnati Art Museum and the "Playhouse in the Park" are both located next to each other in Eden Park.
Cincinnati has a thriving local industrial economy and is home to many businesses ranging from manufacturing to services, including General Electric, Procter and Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, Milacron, Chiquita, Kroger, Federated Department Stores, and the American Financial Group. In World Wars I and II, Cincinnati's local machine tool companies, such as Leblond (now Makino) and the Cincinnati Screw and Tap Company (now Milacron), played an important role, providing what is commonly considered the best machine tool technology in the world, for its time.
The Cincinnati skyline is one of the most breathtaking, especially at night- when viewed from Northern Kentucky, Price Hill, or Eden Park and neighboring Mt. Adams.
There are two airports close to Cincinnati:
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG (http://www.cvgairport.com/)) is on the Kentucky side, so you'll have to cross the bridge to get to Cincinnati. Delta has its second largest hub at the CVG airport.
- Dayton International Airport (DAY (http://www.daytonairport.com/)) also serves Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is served by Interstates 71 (from Columbus and Louisville), 74 (from Indianapolis), 75 (from Dayton and Lexington), 471 (a spur of I-71- to the south), and 275 (the circle beltway). US 50 also serves the area as an expressway to the eastern neighborhoods (Columbia Parkway) and western neighborhoods via the Sixth Street Expressway, which links River Road and the Waldvogel Memorial Viaduct to Downtown.
One of the most beautiful panoramic views in the country occurs when driving northbound on Interstate 71/75 (the interstate routes share the same highway in part of Northern Kentucky) travelling into downtown Cincinnati, just before the Brent Spence Bridge.
AMTRAK (http://www.amtrak.com/) offers passenger train service from key U.S. cities. All trains arrive and depart from Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center.
The train station is several miles from Cincinnati and whereas most of the trains arrive in Cincinnati before dawn and there is no public transportation at this time of day it may be wise to call a taxi to finish the rest of your journey. See The Taxi list
To see Greater Cincinnati you should travel by car, as bus service outside the city is limited. Inside the city and immediate surrounding areas, the local transit company, Metro offers great bus service.
Government Square is located on Walnut Street and receives its name from the fact that its bordered by the Federal Office Building, a Federal Courthouse, and a Federal Reserve Bank branch. SORTA (The organization in charge of the Metro busses) with the City of Cincinnati (The City owns the bus hub) is revamping the bus hub located at Government Square thus closing Government Square. This will take effect on July 22, 2005 and the hub will remain closed until Spring 2006. Check with your hotel, the visitors center, and SORTA (www.sorta.com) to find out where to catch a bus.
Several taxi companies in Cincinnati include:
- Towne Taxi, (513) 761-7700
- Yellow Cab, (513) 742-3075
- United Cab Company, (513) 251-1155
- Cincinnati Observatory Center 3489 Observatory Place, (513) 321-5186, 1 (http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/).
- Newport Aquarium is located in Newport (Kentucky)
- Carew Tower Observation Deck, 441 Vine St., (513) 579-9735. 10-5:30 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun. The 49th floor of Cincinnati's tallest building provides a breathtaking view of the city.
- Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., (513) 281-4700, 2 (http://www.cincyzoo.org/).
- Eden Park, Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, and The Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory, Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams. Cincinnati's Urban Park.
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Freedom Way
- Cincinnati Museum Center, Freeman Avenue, 3 (http://www.cincymuseum.org/).
Cincinnati is home to several beautiful parks. A visit to one of these parks on a warm day is recommended for flying a kite, running/jogging, or to just enjoy the day.
- FOUNTAIN SQUARE, Is currently being renovated and will reopen sometime in 2006.
- City of Cincinnati Parks Department, 950 Eden Park Dr., (513) 352-4080, 4 (http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityparks/pages/-3036-/). The Cincinnati Parks system, with more than 100 parks and greenspaces, comprises more than 5,000 acres and is the most extensive and best regarded in the nation. Whether you enjoy scenic overlooks, hiking, floral landscapes, picnics, these and many more activities can be enjoyed throughout the Cincinnati Parks system.
- Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave. Ault Park is great for bikers, hikers, and joggers. An annual 4th of July celebration is held there with music and fireworks.
- Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive. Eden Park home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Murray Seasongood Pavilion, and the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory.
- Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, (513) 831-1711, 5 (http://www.cincynature.org/). The CNC is a fantastic way to escape from cities and traffic. The park is 1,500 acres of trees, lakes, and trails. CNC is great for hiking. There is a visitors center next to the parking lot.
- Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., (513) 421-4086, 6 (http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityparks/pages/-3452-/). Rainforest-under-glass. 5000 varieties of exotic tropical, desert and orchid plants. One of country's largest public greenhouses with beautiful seasonal floral shows. Admission is a donation.
- Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., (513) 721-2787, 7 (http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/). Free general admission. One of the world's great art museums. Widely hailed as the Art Palace of the West.
- Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., (513) 345-8400, 8 (http://www.contemporaryartscenter.org/). Hours: Monday: 10AM-9PM, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday-Friday: 10AM-6PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11AM-6PM Admission: Adults $7.50, Senior (65+) $6.50, Student w/ID $5.50, Children (3-13) $4.50 - The CAC is one of the regional leaders in thought provoking art. The Center, itself is a piece of art with Cincinnati's boldest architecture. The center has also been the center of controversy and some may not see the "art" in some exhibits.
- Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Union Terminal, 513-287-7000, 9 (http://www.cincymuseum.org/).
- The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Hebrew Union College Campus, Clifton, 10 (http://www.holocaustandhumanity.org/). Has received praise for its permanent exhibit, Mapping Our Tears, which follows the stories of Cincinnatians involved in the resistance to Nazis and Holocaust survivors now living in Cincinnati. One part of the exhibit tells the tale of a local man, who after interrogating suspects to be tried at the Nuremburg Trials became U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.
Cincinnati is host to a myriad of different schools, public, private, and parochial. Many people attend single sex, private, Catholic high schools, as well as Catholic grade schools.
Colleges & Universities
- University of Cincinnati, 11 (http://www.uc.edu/). UC is a public university located in the Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview neighborhood of Cincinnati, bordering Corryville, Clifton, and Walnut Hills.
- Xavier University, 12 (http://www.xu.edu/). Xavier is a private Catholic college located in the neighborhood of Evanston.
- College of Mt. St. Joseph on the Ohio, 13 (http://www.msj.edu/). Private Catholic college located in Cincinnati's western suburb of Delhi. Known for its Education majors.
- Miami University, 14 (http://www.muohio.edu/). Located about an hour north of Downtown, Miami University is located in the college town of Oxford, Ohio.
- Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 15 (http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/). Cincinnati State is the technical and community college of choice in the region, nationally recognized for academic excellence and workforce development. It is located at the confluence of I-75 and I-74, at the intersection of Central Parkway and Ludlow Avenue.
High Schools, private and parochial
- Summit Country Day School- Upper School, 16 (http://www.scds.org/). Located in the affluent and presitigious neighborhood of Hyde Park, on Grandin Road, The Summit is the only private co-ed, Catholic high school in the Cincinnati city limits.
- St. Xavier High School, 17 (http://www.stxavier.org/). Private, all male, Catholic high school located just outside Cincinnati city limits in the suburb of Springfield Township (close to Finneytown) on West North Bend Road.
- St. Ursula Academy, 18 (http://www.saintursula.org/). Private, all female, Catholic high school located in the diverse, but presitigious Cincinnati neighborhood of East Walnut Hills on East McMillan Street; "St. Ursula Academy is a college-preparatory high school for young women which offers an intensive four-year program in the fields of English, mathematics, science, social studies, French, Spanish, Latin, and religion."
- Ursuline Academy, 19 (http://www.ursulineacademy.org/). Private, all female, Catholic high school located in the suburb of Blue Ash on Pfieffer Road.
- Cincinnati Country Day School, 20 (http://). Private co-ed, non religious based high school located in the prestigious suburb of Indian Hill.
- Mother of Mercy High School, 21 (http://www.). Located in Westwood at Werk Road and Boudinot Avenue, Mother of Mercy is an all female, parochial Catholic high school in western Cincinnati.
- Moeller High School, near Montgomery, all male, parochial. A longtime national power in football, and home of one of the top high school basketball arenas in the country.
- Seton High School, Price Hill, all female, parochial.
- Elder High School, 22 (http://www.elderhs.org/) Price Hill, all male, parochial.
- Purcell-Marian High School, East Walnut Hills, co-ed, parochial.
- LaSalle High School, West North Bend Road, White Oak, all male, parochial.
- Archbishop McNicholas High School, Mt. Washington (Beechmont Avenue), co-ed, parochial.
- McAuley High School, College Hill, all female, parochial.
- Cincinnati Pops, renowned performances.
- Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). 23 (http://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/AboutUs/history.asp)
- Cincinnati Music Hall, 24 (http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/venues/musichall/). The Music Hall is home to the world renown Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera.
- Bogart's Concert Hall, 2621 Vine St., (513) 562-4949, 25 (http://www.bogarts.com/). Small venue with big acts. Popular among younger people.
- Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave. Located on the Ohio river and draws big name artists like Elton John, Three Doors Down, and KISS.
- TimberWolf Amphitheatre. TimberWolf Amphitheatre is located at Paramount Kings Island. This arena also draws some big name artists. The artists that play here are usually teen heart throbs like Aaron Carter.
- Paramount's Kings Island, 26 (http://www.pki.com/). Paramount's King's Island is one of the world's greatest amusement parks. The park is divided into three different areas - the main park with adult attractions, a children's park, and a water park. Admission to the park grants access to every one of the areas. Kings Island is also the home to record holding coasters - Beast, the world's longest wooden roller coaster, and the Son of Beast, the only wooden looping roller coaster.
- The Beach Water Park, 27 (http://www.thebeachwaterpark.com/). General admission to the park cost $26.99, however, there are often discounts after 5 PM, on holidays, and Mondays. Between June 11 and August 21 the park is open from 10 AM to 9 PM. The park is in Mason, OH and is near King Island.
- Coney Island, 28 (http://www.coneyislandpark.com/). Coney Island is a piece of Americana - a park that has been in operation for over 120 years. The park is located closer to Cincinnati, on the Ohio River. General admission is $17.50 to use the rides and Sunlite Pool. Sunlite Pool is the world's largest recirculating pool (200' by 401'). The park is usually open from 10 AM to 9 PM. For cheaper admission go after 4 PM when the price drops to $8.95.
- Riverfest, Cincinnati's largest bash. Held on the banks of the Ohio during the Labor Day weekend, the event is highlighted by the spectacular Rozzi's fireworks display.
- Party in the Park, 29 (http://www.party-in-the-park.com/). Held several times through out the summer and entertains 8,000 with the hottest musical acts and cold draft beers. The party is held at Yeatman's Cove. Check the website for details.
- Taste of Cincinnati, 30 (http://www.taste-of-cincinnati.com/). Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial weekend and draws 500,000 people each year. The Taste of Cincinnati is held on four blocks of Central Parkway where more than 40 restaurants sell their food for $4 or less. Live musical acts are brought in to entertain the not-so-hungry.
- Union Centre Boulevard Bash!, 31 (http://www.unioncentreblvdbash.com/). The Union Centre Boulevard Bash! is a three day outdoor music fest. The festival is held in August. Check the website for details.
- Oktoberfest, 32 (http://www.oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com/). Cincinnati remembers its German history with a two day festival dedicated to beer and the marriage of Bavarian royalty. Cincinnati's Oktoberfest draws 500,000 over two days (Munich's Oktoberfest draws 6 million over two weeks) making it second biggest Oktoberfest after Munich's. On the Sunday everyone gathers at Fountain Square to participate in the "World's Largest Chicken Dance." This is a must for any visitor to Cincinnati. Oktoberfest is held in mid to late September. Check the website for details.
- Tall Stacks. Held every four years, this festival focuses on Cincinnati's riverboat history. The last Tall Stacks was held in 2003 and saw 900,000 visitors. Due to the tremendous success the Tall Stacks festival will be held a year earlier during October 4-8, 2006. Live music lines the festival area.
- The Flying Pig Marathon The 26 mile race held every May.
Sports are taken extremely seriously. Everyone roots for the Reds, and the Cincinnati Bengals, but college basketball is where Cincinnati becomes divided.
- Cincinnati Bengals, 33 (http://www.bengals.com/). The Bengals were almost always the punchline of a joke about the NFL. No more, though, since the hiring of Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis. In his first season (2003), Lewis led the Bengals with an 8-8 record compared to the 2002 record of 2-14. Since their turnaround, a visit to a Bengals game is recommended ? if you can get a ticket. Their new home is Paul Brown Stadium, named for the Hall of Fame founder and first head coach of the team in their American Football League days.
- Cincinnati Reds, 34 (http://www.cincinnatireds.com/). The "Big Red Machine" has always been a leader in professional baseball since its formation as the first professional baseball team and when the Reds played the first night game in Cincinnati. The team earned their nickname during the 1970s, when the team made six post-season appearances and won two World Series with the likes of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tony Perez and manager Sparky Anderson. The Reds' new home is Great American Ball Park, located on the downtown riverfront near the site of the stadium it replaced, the now-demolished Riverfront Stadium.
- University of Cincinnati Bearcats. The basketball team plays at the Fifth Third Arena on UC's main campus, in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati.
- Xavier University Musketeers. Their basketball team plays at the Cintas Center, just northeast of downtown.
- Miami University RedHawks Athletics. The home of Ben Roethlisberger, Miami University fields college athletics in all major NCAA Division 1 sports, including football, ice hockey, men's and women's basketball, swimming, and many others. The campus is located in Oxford, about 40 miles north of downtown Cincinnati. Visit the official site 35 (http://www.muredhawks.com) or the unofficial fan site 36 (http://www.miamihawktalk.com).
- Toyota/WEBN Fireworks. Each year, on Sunday night before Labor Day, this event draws thousands to the banks of the Ohio River and even shuts down traffic across a few local bridges.
Food is one thing that all Cincinnatians can agree on. Chili, ribs, ice cream, and other foods are just some of the hometown favorites.
Cincinnati is famous for its own unique kind of chili, based on a Greek recipe. It contains finely-ground meat, no beans or onions, and usually contains spices such as cinnamon or cocoa powder, and not as much tomato as traditional recipes. It is served over spaghetti with finely-shredded Cheddar cheese on top, known as a "three-way"; add onions to make it a "four-way," and beans for a "five-way." It's also served over hotdogs with shredded Cheddar cheese on top, known as a "cheese coney." Cincinnati has more chili restaurants per capita than any city in the United States. It's almost a religious war as to which Cincinnati chili is the best. Two major chili-parlor chains are dominant, but individual parlors and other smaller chains have their fans as well.
- Camp Washington Chili 3005 Colerain Ave., Tel: (513) 541-0061. Considered by most locals to be the original home of Cincinnati-style chili.
- Skyline Chili, 37 (http://www.skylinechili.com/). The top chili chain, but with locations in numerous other Midwest and Florida cities. Their chili is sold in supermarkets throughout the eastern United States in frozen packages or cans.
- Gold Star Chili, 38 (http://goldstarchili.com/). The other major chili chain. Also has locations elsewhere in the region.
- Dixie Chili, 39 (http://www.dixiechili.com/). A local chili chain based in Northern Kentucky.
- Jean-Robert at Pigalls. 127 West Fourth St., Ph: (513) 721-1345, Fax: (513) 352-6010, 40 (http://www.jean-robertatpigalls.com/). Owned by former five star Maisonette chef Jean-Robert de Cavel who opened his own restaurant in 2002 at the site of closed 5 star restaurant Pigall's. In October 2005 Mobil Travel Guide rated de Cavel's restaurant 4 stars.
- Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, 41 (http://jeffruby.com/).
- Maisonette, 114 East 6th Street, 721-2260, 42 (http://www.maisonette.com/). The Maisonette and its sister restaurant, La Normandie, closed on July 25, 2005. The owners had planned to reopen Masionette in the suburbs at a later date, however, the Comisar family (owners) later announced that the Masionette will never reopen. The Maisonette's decor and extensive wine collection was auctioned off in late October 2005.
- Cumin - a modern Indian cafe in Hyde Park. 3514 Erie Ave. 513-871-8714 43 (http://www.cincinnati.com/freetime/dining/reviews/022803_cumin.html)
- Brown Dog Cafe, 5893 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 794-1610, 44 (http://www.browndogcafe.com/). Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9, Fri-Sat 5-10.
- Chocolate Morel, 45 (http://www.chokolatemorel.com). Located in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason. Restaurant is in an old 1870's era house.
- Campus Coffee, Located on Campus Lane between Beechmont Avenue and Sutton Avenue, this full service coffee house offers drinks a place to relax with all kinds.
- Encore Cafe, 46 (http://www.sturkeys.com/restaurants/encorecafe/). Owned by Paul and Pam (renowned pastry chef) Sturkey. 2 locations.
- Nicola's Ristorante, 1420 Sycamore St, Ph: (513) 721-6200, 47 (http://nicolasrestaurant.com/). Italian fine Dining in downtown Cincinnati. Wine list is so-so, but atmosphere and food are excellent.
- Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, 625 Walnut Street (across from Aronoff Center), 564-9111, 48 (http://www.nicholsonspub.com/). M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 4PM-9PM. $20-$50 (per person).
- Ramundos Pizza. Located in Mount Lookout(an eastern neighborhood, between Historic Linwood and Hyde Park) and offering a great pizza option if you're sick of the chains.
- Indigo's. Located in Hyde Park (Across the street from Graeter's Ice cream) and small, but chic place to eat. The atmosphere is relaxed and offers a great outdoor patio. Menu consists of pastas, pizzas, and salads. Highly recommended.
- Graeter's Ice Cream, 49 (http://www.graeters.com/). Quite possibly Cincinnati's greatest gift to humanity. No drive through Cincinnati is complete without Graeter's ice cream or another one of their delicious desserts.
- Montgomery Inn Ribs, 50 (http://www.montgomeryinn.com/). With three restaurants, one of Cincinnati's most famous eateries. Renowned as the place to go for great baby-back ribs. Was a favorite of comedy legend Bob Hope. The flagship location is located in the village of Montgomery, in the northeast suburbs.
- Zips, Home of the famous Zip burger, this 70 year old Mount Lookout restaurant and bar has been consistently voted best burger in town. 1036 Delta Ave.
- The Echo, Great diner located just off of Hyde Park Square. Try the fish special on Fridays (closed after lunch except for Thursday-Saturday). Located at 3510 Edwards Road.
- Kroger, The Kroger chain is based in Cincinnati and has at least one store in every town in the area.
- Jungle Jim's, 51 (http://www.junglejims.com/). Simply put, it's one of the largest and most diverse groceries in the world. This store carries a mind-boggling array of food and beverages not commonly found at your local grocery, as well as what you'd normally find. Their selection of seafood, much of it sold alive from huge tanks, matches anything outside of a seaside locale. The store has expanded over the years and is still growing, now featuring a Starbuck's Coffee, garden center, cooking academy and much more. A must-see for "foodies." 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield (north of downtown Cincinnati); take I-275 to Ohio State Route 4 and go north 3½ miles toward Fairfield. You can't miss the sign and the building, on the right.
Cincinnati contains 52 neighborhoods, all of which contain their own neighborhood shopping districts. Noted areas for shopping/restaurants/"ice cream trips" are:
- Hyde Park Square (Erie Avenue between Zumstein Avenue and Shaw Avenue)
- Oakley Square (Madison Road)
- Clifton Gaslight District (Ludlow Avenue between Clifton Avenue and Middleton Avenue)
- Northside Business District (Ludlow Viaduct/Blue Rock Street/Spring Grove Avenue)
Souvenirs can be purchased at shops in hotels or at the visitors center on Fountain Square.
- Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Ph: (513) 396-8960, 52 (http://www.josephbeth.com/Default.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=1&storeId=2).
- Tower Place Mall Is the mall located on the first (ground floor) and second floors of Carew Tower.
- Bengals Pro Shop Is located in Paul Brown Stadium. 866-774-4776 53 (http://proshop.bengals.com/)
The Main Street Entertainment District (located on Main Street north of 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine) is a popular area featuring many clubs and bars. The area is always busy on weekends, especially with many young professionals.
Across the Ohio River in Kentucky, many restaurants and nightspots are located along the riverbank in Covington and Newport. The Newport on the Levee area is quite popular.
- BarrelHouse Brewing Company, 22 East 12th Street, 421-2337, 54 (http://www.barrelhouse.com/). Tu-F 11AM-2:30PM, Sa 12PM-2:30PM. Bruw pub and restaurant.
- Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant, 55 (http://www.rockbottom.com/).
- Hofbrauhaus, is located in Newport (Kentucky)
- The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 318 East Eighth Street, 56 (http://www.bluewispjazzclub.com).
- Cincinnati Wine Events, Website dedicated to wine events in the Cincinnati area, 57 (http://wineevents.awscincy.com).
- Comfort Inn & Suites Cincinnati (http://ci-cincinnatisuites-oh.chidirect.com/) 4421 Aicholtz Rd. Tel: (513) 947-0100. Fax: (513) 943-2991.
- Comfort Inn Cincinnati Hotel (http://ci-cincinnati-oh.chidirect.com/) 11440 Chester Rd. Tel: (513) 771-3400. Fax: (513) 771-3114. A newly renovated hotel, located in Northern Cincinnati, Ohio just off I-75 at Sharon Road - convenient to corporate offices and major attractions and only minutes from Paramounts Kings Island and 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.
- Quality Hotel & Suites Central Cincinnati Hotel (http://qi-cincinatticentral-oh.chidirect.com/) 4747 Montgomery Rd. Tel: (513) 351-6000. Fax: (513) 351-0215. Centrally located only seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, 1.5 miles from Xavier University, 20 miles from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and two miles from excellent shopping. Offers 148 guestrooms and suites.
- Radisson Hotels. Both Radisson hotels are located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio river with one at the airport and the other in Covington. Rooms are around $100 - $150.
- Cincinnatian Hotel, 58 (http://www.cincinnatianhotel.com/). Rated four stars by Mobil Travel Guide and four diamonds by AAA. Sets the bar for luxury in downtown Cincinnati. Located near Fountain Square and is within walking distance of the convention center and the major businesses in the city.
- Hilton Netherland Plaza. Originally the NETHERLAND PLAZA HOTEL, a favorite of Bing Crosby and many other celebrities who frequented Cincinnati during it's golden age of WLW radio. Hilton's historic luxury hotel in Cincinnati is the located inside of historic Carew Tower Complex in the heart of Cincinnati (Fourth and Vine Streets). The Carew Tower is the tallest building in Downtown Cincinnati, and an Art Deco architectual landmark.
- Hyatt Regency 59 (http://www.hyatt.com/) is located only a few blocks from Fountain Square.
Cincinnati Post Office Main Office Dalton Avenue and Sherman St Queensgate
It's not recommended that a person be out late at night, alone, in parts of the urban neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine, Avondale, and the West End. Most violent crimes in Cincinnati are confined to these areas; however, since April 2001, when the city was rocked by riots, the police and city council have stepped up efforts to make Cincinnati safer. It is recommended that people travel in groups, and exercise caution, as in all urban areas.
- WLWT, 60 (http://www.wlwt.com/). Channel 5. Local NBC affiliate, located on Young Street in Mt. Auburn.
- WCPO, 61 (http://www.wcpo.com/). Channel 9. Local ABC affiliate, located on Gilbert Avenue, just outside of Eden Park in Historic Pendleton.
- WKRC, 62 (http://www.wkrc.com/). Channel 12. Local CBS affiliate, located on Highland Avenue in Mt. Auburn.
- WXIX, 63 (http://www.fox19.com/). Channel 19. Local FOX affiliate, located on West 7th Street in Queensgate, just west of Downtown.
- WOTH, 64 (http://www.wothtv.com/). Channel 25. Independent station, located on Losantiville Avenue in Golf Manor. Run by same company as WBQC.
- WBQC, 65 (http://www.wbqc.com/). Channel 38. Local UPN affiliate, located on Losantiville Avenue in Golf Manor. Run by same company as WOTH.
- WCET, 66 (http://www.cetconnect.org/). Channel 48. Local PBS affiliate, located on Central Parkway, directly across the street from Cincinnati Music Hall. Recently changed name to simply CET, which stands for Cincinnati's Educational Television. CET was the first licensed public television station in the country.
- Plum Street/Wise Temple, 726 Plum Street (Downtown). A Jewish Synagogue.
- St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Plum Street. (Downtown) Roman Catholic Cathedral.
- St. Louis Church, E. Eighth Street (Downtown) Roman Catholic Church located in eastern Downtown. The Chancery offices are located here, as well as the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Catholic Schools Office.
- St. Francis Xavier Church, Sycamore Street (Downtown) Roman Catholic Jesuit Church located in Eastern Downtown between Sixth and Seventh Streets.
- St. Francis DeSales Church, 1600 Madison Road. (DeSales Corner- East Walnut Hills), Ph: (513) 961-1945. Roman Catholic services.
- St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2501 Eastern Avenue (East End), Ph: (513) 871-1162. Roman Catholic services.
- Trinity United Methodist Church, 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Milford, Ph: (513) 831-0262, 67 (http://www.gbgm-umc.org/trinitymilford/index.html). Methodist services.
- The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, 8092 Plantation Dr., West Chester, Ph: (513) 755-3280. Muslim services.
- Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church, Hill Street (Mt. Adams) Roman Catholic treasure. Known as the "Church on the Hill". On Good Friday, many Cincinnatian "Climb the steps of Mt. Adams" praying on each step.
- Vineyard Christian Church, 7101 Pleasant Valley Rd. (northern Kentucky)68 (http://vineyardchristian.org/home.php)15-20 minutes from downtown.Directions:Go south on I-71/75 Take the KY-18 exit- EXIT 181- toward FLORENCE/BURLINGTON. Turn RIGHT onto KY-18/BURLINGTON PIKE. Continue to follow KY-18 W. Turn LEFT onto CAMP ERNST RD/KY-237. Vineyard Christian Church is on the corner of Camp Ernst Rd and Pleasant Valley Rd. Non Denominational services.
Cincinnati is centrally located to other interesting Midwest cities. Some day trips include:
- Lexington, KY. Lexington is Kentucky's beautiful college town. It's home to the University of Kentucky and the top ranked Wildcats, and is generally acknowledged as the Thoroughbred racehose capital of the world, with many famous horse farms located nearby. Lexington is a 1½-hour drive south on Interstate 75.
- Columbus. Ohio's capital and largest city is a 1½ hour drive from Cincinnati.
- Mammoth Cave National Park. The world's largest cave system, located in Kentucky. About three hours southwest, via Interstates 71 and 65.
- Cleveland. The Rock and Roll city is located in northern Ohio and is about a four hour drive from Cincinnati.
- Chicago. The largest city in the midwest is a little over a four hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstates 74 and 65.
- Indianapolis. Home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 automobile races. A two-hour drive from Cincinnati via Interstate 74.
- Louisville. Home of the Kentucky Derby, the world's most famous horse race. A 1½-hour drive southwest on Interstate 71.
- Serpent Mound (http://www.ohiohistory.org/places/serpent/). The largest effigy of a serpent in North America (¼ mile long). The park is dated to belong to the Fort Ancient era. The mound apparently represents an uncoiling serpent eating an egg. It's believed that the head of the serpent is aligned with the summer solstice sunset and the coiled tail is pointed toward the winter solstice sunrise and the equinox sunrise. Located at 3850 State Route 73 in Peebles Ohio.
- City of Cincinnati (http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/)
- Cincinnati USA, Cincinnati USA (http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/). An organization that focuses on promoting tourism in the Greater Cincinnati areas and offers a well designed and user friendly website.
- Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1-800-CINCY-USA, Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://www.cincyusa.com/). This organization used to focus on conventions and tourism, but now focuses on bringing conventions to Cincinnati. It's website offers some tourist information, but its website is not as user friendly as Cincinnati USA's website.