I’ve had Ohio on my mind thanks to watching last years seminal walk and talk film Columbus. The drive for Ohio has increased with Lonely Planet’s Best in The U.S. feature which has Cincinnati listed as one of the top 10 destinations to visit. The full list is below.
¨These are the places American travelers should know about in 2018,” said Lonely Planet U.S. magazine managing editor Alexander Howard. “The U.S. is packed with timeless, well-known destinations, but if you’re looking for something different to shake up your travel plans this year, this list will get you inspired. Some of them are cities on the rise, or that challenge our expectations, while others offer unique experiences you can´t find anywhere else.”
My own knowledge of Cincinnati is a shade above zero, though the art deco infused design of the Cincinnati Union Terminal as well as the prospects of downing some Skyline Chili (hopefully they have some good vegetarian options) has me focused on a possible trek.
A total bit of synchronicity – as I wrote this post and asking a barista if she would ever try a chili that’s spiced with cinnamon and chocolate and ladled with spaghetti, a woman behind me asked if we were talking about Skyline Chili. We eventually got to talking (for all of 60 seconds), and she mentioned she hailed from Columbus, Ohio and had never heard of the aforementioned film. As I asked her about all the beautiful architecture of the town, she also mentioned how Columbus has become a nicer place to visit within the ensuing years (gentrification, better modern planning maybe?). Whether or not you head to Columbus, just know that the movie is simply sublime:
Will my obsession over the movie, Lonely Planet’s recommendation, and a chance meeting from a stranger spur me on to visit Cincinnati and, by default, drive over to Columbus (Google says itś a 1 hour and 45 minute drive)? Since I rarely finish what I start, the current answer is probably no. But hopefully I will make a change for the better, especially if synchronistic moments at my local Starbucks pushes me forward.
The wonderful concept behind Lonely Planet is to connect us to the world, where loneliness could be a thing of the past. It’s a starter’s guide on how to proceed, and Iḿ guessing the rest is up to us and hopefully the interesting people (and places) we encounter along the way.
Here’s Lonely Planet’s top 10 U.S. destinations list:
- California’s Redwood Coast
- Boise, Idaho
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Florida’s Space Coast
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Midcoast Maine
- Richmond, Virginia
- Kentucky Bourbon Country
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Southeastern Utah
****If you have any insights on Cincinnati or Columbus, Ohio (or any of the destinations), feel free to comment below!