As many people probably already know the interstate highway system is a great way to get from place to place. The highway system allows one to travel from Cincinnati to Columbus in a fairly reasonable amount of time. Many also know before the coast to coast interstate highway system was created, there were many roads in America. Many of these roads crossed through town and roadside attractions sprung up along them. Many of these roads have been lost to time and and under use due to the interstate highway system. Many are still in use but not what they once were. In many state, these byways pass through some of the most scenic areas of the state. The byways seem made for the car and the leisure driving experience. Ohio has designated some (25 as of writing this post) byways as Scenic Byways. The Ohio Department of Transportation helps groups to who want to designate a road or group of roads as a scenic byway.
We have traveled down many of these scenic byways and have found many cultural, historic, and beautiful sites along them. One we really enjoyed was the Ohio River Scenic Byway, which basically follows the Ohio River across the bottom of the state. This is where we saw many sites about Grant and the town of Marietta, oh and Cincinnati. The other great water byway is Lake Erie Coastal Byway, which basically goes from Toledo and through Cleveland along Lake Erie. You get to see all Toledo, Sandusky, Cleveland have to offer, but also many great towns, beaches, lighthouses, preserves, and access to Lake Erie Islands. This is really a very scenic route.
If you want to learn more about Ohio’s Scenic Byways here are some links.