Cincinnati travel guide

The Queen City

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You're Going to Love Cincinnati

The "Queen City" is named after royalty for a reason. With its stately 19th century Downtown architecture, elegant skyscrapers, acres and acres of green space and superb museums, Cincinnati is as classy as they come.

If you want a high-class cultural getaway, Cincinnati delivers, with its Music Hall staging opera, ballet and classical events and a clutch of galleries like the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Gallery adding up to a real feast for senses.

But if classical music isn't your thing, don't worry. Cincinnati is a down to earth family destination as well. Take the kids to the Great American Ballpark to watch the Reds, cheer on the Bengals or visit the Cincinnati Zoo. Enjoy a taste of early 20th-century Americana at Coney Island Amusement Park or just wander the beer halls and bars of Over-the-Rhine, sampling the city's famous lagers.

That's why people love Cincinnati so much. It has something for everyone, and nobody will leave disappointed.

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When to Visit Cincinnati

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In terms of weather, the best time to visit Cincinnati is the fall, when the heat and humidity of high summer leaves, to be replaced by lovely, dry and mild weather. Spring is almost as appealing, but don't travel too early, as March and early April can still be pretty chilly. Try late April and May or September to October. You'll find bargain accommodation prices and plenty to do, all with ideal weather conditions.

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Where to Stay in Cincinnati

If you are looking for luxury accommodation, look no further than the elegant Cincinnatian Hotel, which has a beautiful late 19th-century building and offers palatial suites for both families and couples. The Hilton Netherland Plaza offers wonderful views from Carew Tower, while the Hyatt Regency has the added bonus of summertime jazz performances in the hotel bar. Lower down the price scale, the Garfield Suites provide self-catering kitchenettes, while the Parker House is a relatively central, family-run B&B.

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Shopping Streets

If you are looking for unique souvenirs, the Clifton Gaslight neighborhood is the place to head. You'll find a wide range of art galleries selling works by local artists, creative boutiques like Pangaea Trading Company and imaginative jewelry at Toko Baru. Over-the-Rhine is another neighborhood to visit. Don't miss the beautiful creations of Rookwood Pottery Company or Findlay Market, where you can buy artisan food gifts and local produce. There are also plenty of conventional malls, like Tower Place, the Cincinnati Mall and Kenwood Town Center, where you can find major brands like Sak's, Macy's and American Eagle Outfitters.

Groceries and Other

If you are self-catering and want to splash out on the finest fresh produce Cincinnati has to offer, Findlay Market is the place to go. However, there are many supermarkets and delis dotted around the center of town where you can stock up. Along with specialty stores like Happy Asian Mart, you'll find Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Walmart and Kroger in relatively central locations. Expect to pay around $2.60 for a gallon of milk, $1.90 for a pound of apples and $10-13 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Cincinnati

If you come to Cincinnati, you should definitely try a bowl of the city's famous chili. Easy on the tomato and spiced with cinnamon, but lacking beans or onions, Cincinnati chili is a mixture of Greek and Latin-American cooking. The best places to order it are Empress Chili and Price Hill Chili - but Skyline outlets across the city are easier to find and almost as good. Aside from chili, Cincinnati has a diverse food culture. Explore the city's German roots at the Christian Moerlein Lager House, fill up on noodles at Shanghai Mama's or dine al fresco on the terrace at Teller's of Hyde Park. There's no shortage of great eating options. Expect a mid-range meal to cost around $15 and a high-end evening out to cost not much more than $30.

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