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With natural boundaries to the north and south, this is a beautiful US state that boasts forests, wildlife, national parks and mountains, and is fantastic to tour by car rental in Ohio. Columbus, the diverse capital, is famous for its festivals and excellent shopping, while charming Dayton is best known for its aviation. Cleveland, the largest and most diverse city, lies on the shores of Lake Erie and houses some world-class museums. Cincinnati, the ‘Queen City’, is famed for having the largest historic district in the country.
Arranging a rental car is stress free, as there are pick-up points all over the state including in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati as well as at both main and regional airports. Hertz, Avis and Europcar are just a few of the suppliers found here, but it is still wise to compare car hire rates beforehand to guarantee the best deal.
Port Columbus Airport, which serves the state capital, receives flights from within the US as well as from Cancun, Mexico and Toronto, Canada. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is Ohio’s main air hub and receives more flights from within the US, Canada and Mexico as well as the Dominican Republic. Amtrak trains run through the state, and Greyhound buses arrive from many major US cities. Highways criss-cross throughout the entire state heading in all directions.
Drivers can get from one side of Ohio to the other in less than five hours, as long as they keep to the maximum speed limit of 70mph on the Ohio Turnpike and 65mph on other highways. Be sure to drive on the right-hand side and to keep to a speed limit of 55mph when not on an interstate highway.
Columbus is in mid-Ohio, making it easy to access all areas of the state with car hire in Ohio. Visit its numerous state parks in the hills, valleys and lakes, or head to the quiet city of Chillicothe to visit the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. The Wayne National Forest Park in the foothills of the Appalachians is fantastic for hikers and outdoor lovers, while Cleveland is a must for those that love art and rock and roll.
Hot, humid summers and cold winters are the norm throughout Ohio. In July, expect the mercury to get up to 29°C and in January it can get colder than -5°C. Spring is known to have thunderstorms, and these can also hit during September and October.