Cincinnati is the third largest city and the largest metro region in Ohio, lying on the north bank of the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio in the United States of America. It is the county seat of Hamilton County. Cincinnati is known as the "Queen City" or "Queen of the West" and is also distinct amongst Midwestern cities. Its culture is a blend of the Northeast, Old South, Midwest, and Appalachia, mixed with a strong German-Catholic heritage. But more importantly, it is known for its massive collection of historic architecture.
As of 2013, the city has an estimated population of 297,517. It has a total area of 79.54 square miles (206.01 km2), of which 77.94 square miles (201.86 km2) is land and 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2) is water. The city spreads over a number of hills, bluffs, and low ridges overlooking the Ohio River in the Bluegrass Region of the country. The city experiences hot and humid summers, with significant rainfall in each month, often with high dew points and humidity. Meanwhile, winters are snowy and cold. Severe thunderstorms are common in the warmer months.
What to see & do
Cincinnati has plenty to offers to visitors: it is home to a large collection of architecture, particularly Downtown Cincinnati’s collections of Italianate architecture, which is said to be among the largest in the world; the country‘s largest National Historic District, Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood; and Downtown Cincinnati’s gorgeous sceneries, surrounded by picturesque foothills against a backdrop to the Queen City and its legendary skyline are just among the things that make this city a definite must-visit. Go see The Carew Tower, which serves as the basis for the design of the later Empire State Building; Cincinnati Observatory Center, the first professional observatory in America; the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge; the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, a designated National Historic Landmark; religious buildings like Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church, Plum Street Temple, and Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral; as well as museums and galleries such as American
Classical Music Hall of Fame, Art Beyond Boundaries, Cincinnati Art Museum, and The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.
How to get around within Cincinnati
Since Cincinnati does not have a light rail or a working subway, the main form of public transportation is by bus. Two different bus systems serve the region: the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Sorta), which operates Metro, the bus company that serves the Ohio side of the state line; and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (Tank), which serves Northern Kentucky and all of the routes between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The bus lines marked with ‘X’ cover express routes and make less frequent stops. Metro 1 bus is recommended for sightseeing; Southbank Shuttle, for crossing the river into Kentucky; and there’s also the TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) buses. Meanwhile, the newly renovated Government Square is Metro’s primary bus hub. You can also get around the city via taxi. However, you’re most likely to find a cab at taxi stands rather than chance upon one on the streets. Your best bet will be to call a taxi, especially outside of downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Lately, the city has been installing bicycle lanes, although biking around is only recommended for experienced urban drivers as the terrain is rather hilly, which means there are plenty of curvy roads that can go up or down very steep grades. But if you’re just around residential neighborhoods, there should be less restrictions. To get around quickly and conveniently to most places in the city, the best way is by car. Although be reminded that there is a street grid only in Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods and outside these parts are tough. Lastly, if you’re around the older neighborhoods in Cincinnati, walking is a good option.
How to get there
If you are getting in by plane, there are several airports that you can land on, depending on your destination. There’s Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport or also known as the Greater Cincinnati Airport – served by Allegiant Air, Air Canada Express, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle, United Express, and US Airways Express, flying to several destination within the country and around the world including Paris, Toronto, Cancún, Freeport, and Punta Cana. CVG offers non-stop service to 56 destinations with over 170 daily departures. There’s also Lunken Airport, but this is more used by travellers who have their own private planes or who chartered a flight to the airport. Other airports in the city include Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Dayton International Airport in Dayton, and Louisville International Airport in Louisville. The city is also accessible by car via 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); by Amtrak train; and by Greyhound and Megabus.
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