Destination guide

Fun for all at Ohio vacation home rentals

Ohio is the heart and soul of the Great Lakes region, stretching from the peaceful Ohio River to the geological grandeur of the Appalachian Mountains. It might sound like a cliche, but there really is something for everyone here. Explore major cities brimming with world-class museums, sporting venues and cultural hubs, chill out on the blissful beaches of Lake Erie or feel the adrenaline in one of the state's many famous amusement parks. Whether you opt for a resort-style pad in the suburbs or a bustling apartment in Cleveland's bustling downtown district, an Ohio vacation rental puts you in the heart of it all.

History

Historic sites near Ohio vacation homes

Ohio has a rich history with fascinating museums and historic sites to explore. Vacation rentals can be found near interesting places like Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, a scenic park with a monument to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an interactive museum with film, animation, and multimedia exhibits focused on slavery. You could also explore the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, a planetarium and museum with exhibits on prehistoric discoveries.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Ohio vacation homes

With its historic monuments and vast theme parks, Ohio is packed with attractions to tickle every visitor's fancy. For art lovers, the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art is a must, with a staggering trove of 45,000 artworks on display, including a particularly-impressive collection of Asian and Egyptian pieces. If that seems a little tame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum should hit the spot. Set behind a Louvre-like facade in downtown Cleveland, it boasts an Aladdin's cave of memorabilia and honors some of music's most-influential contributors. Seeking something a little quieter? Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers more than 125 miles of idyllic hiking trails to explore.

Activities

What to do during your stay in Ohio vacation homes

With so much going on, there's never a shortage of things to do in Ohio. Take a look at the state's packed festival calendar and choose from major events such as Cincinnati's beer-soaked Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Cleveland International Film Festival. Foodies can gorge on delicious local fare, including candy buckeyes and succulent Salisbury steaks, while sports fans will have their work cut out with all the hockey, football and baseball games. Seeking thrills? Ohio is home to Cedar Point, dubbed the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World", as well as another famous, fun-packed theme park in the shape of Kings Island. For outdoors types, the state's fresh green countryside and vast lake provide countless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, boating and more.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Ohio vacation rentals

No matter which part of the state you book an Ohio vacation rental in, the weather won't vary too much. For the most part, Ohio has a humid continental climate, with hot sunny summers and winters that can range from cool to cold. July tends to be the hottest month, so if you prefer mild temperatures, it might be best to visit during spring or towards fall. Severe weather can occur here, but Ohio experiences fewer tornados than the other states that lie within the Tornado Alley region.

Natural features

Explore the great outdoors in Ohio

Ohio's sprawling countryside sets the scene for a variety of outdoor adventures, providing plenty of eye candy beyond the city limits. To the south, there's the splendor of the Appalachian Mountains, to the north there's the glassy expanse of Lake Erie, and in-between there's rolling countryside, blanketed in peaceful forests and dotted with quaint Amish farms. If you're staying in Cleveland or Akron, you don't have to venture far from your Ohio vacation rental to enjoy nature. Between the 2 cities, Cuyahoga Valley National Park provides a leafy habitat for foxes, peregrine falcons, river otters, eagles and more.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Ohio

Much of Ohio’s cuisine reflects culinary traditions of the Midwest with a focus on simple, hearty meals. Ohio claims a few signature dishes, however, such as the “Buckeye” peanut butter cup, Cincinnati-style chili, sauerkraut balls, and clam bakes. Visit a restaurant or eatery near your vacation rental to experience the unique flavors of the state.

Can I find a vacation rental around Ohio?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,436 vacation rentals near Ohio. From 500 Cabins to 500 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ohio for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ohio?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ohio. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • The Hocking Hills: 400 vacation rentals
  • Put-in-Bay: 269 vacation rentals
  • Geneva-on-the-Lake: 142 vacation rentals
  • Cincinnati: 217 vacation rentals
  • Columbus: 247 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ohio! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ohio?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ohio:

  • Put-in-Bay: 269 rentals
  • Geneva-on-the-Lake: 142 rentals
  • Cincinnati: 217 rentals
  • Columbus: 247 rentals
  • Sandusky: 367 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Ohio?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Ohio are:

  • Hamilton, OH (HAO-Butler County Regional): 211 vacation rentals
  • Akron Canton Regional Airport (CAK): 40 vacation rentals
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE): 248 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ohio?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ohio. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hocking Hills State Park: 367 rentals
  • Cedar Point: 252 rentals
  • Lake Logan State Park: 369 rentals
  • Salt Fork State Park: 18 rentals
  • Lake Erie Islands Historical Society: 480 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ohio listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Ohio

Put-in-Bay
269 vacation rentals
Geneva-on-the-Lake
142 vacation rentals
Cincinnati
217 vacation rentals
Columbus
247 vacation rentals
Sandusky
367 vacation rentals
Cleveland
251 vacation rentals
Port Clinton
423 vacation rentals
Logan
365 vacation rentals
Kelleys Island
476 vacation rentals
Geneva
124 vacation rentals
Dayton
34 vacation rentals
Huron
202 vacation rentals
Toledo
71 vacation rentals
Akron
90 vacation rentals
Berlin
81 vacation rentals
Catawba Island
410 vacation rentals
Millersburg
102 vacation rentals
Vermilion
127 vacation rentals
Amish Country
69 vacation rentals
Athens
72 vacation rentals