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Travel Demand to Outdoor Destinations Expected to Extend into the Fall

Travel Demand to Outdoor Destinations Expected to Extend into the Fall

Ohio. Find It Here. Offers 100 Ways to Support and Safely Explore Ohio Spaces and Places

Hiking at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park in Portage County

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 21, 2020) – Ohioans looking for great experiences close to home can use the new Ohio. Find It Here. Fall in Ohio microsite to find 100 Things to do in Ohio this Fall. The site provides lists of cool destinations, a road trip for foodies and the best locations to catch the vibrant fall colors.

"As fall begins, we continue to encourage everyone to follow safety precautions so that businesses can stay open and families, friends and employees can stay healthy," said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development.

"Many Ohioans are traveling locally to find great experiences close to home. We expect that to continue into the fall especially with so many families working and learning from home," said Matt MacLaren, director of Ohio. Find It Here.

Escape to the Great Outdoors

Regions in Ohio, including Lake Erie, Amish Country and Appalachia, have seen a steady number of visitors searching for great outdoor activities this year. 

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours in Rockbridge, Ohio, reported that thrill-seekers continue to buckle in for its socially distanced zipline tours in 2020. It is often sold out as the attraction is operating at limited capacity to ensure it is following proper social distancing guidelines.

"With people cooped up at home, I could see the upward trend continuing, extending the travel season into the fall," said Jodi Burroughs, partner of the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.

Camp Tuscazoar in Ohio’s Appalachian country is experiencing higher demand in 2020 from visitors who are mountain biking, hiking, trail running, horseback riding and camping at the site. Camp Tuscazoar says most of its visitors are traveling from 50 or 100 miles to experience all of the activities it has to offer.

Guest bookings in Amish Country cabins and cottages are also up this year as visitors, from across Ohio and some neighboring states, are looking for secluded getaways.

Charming, Scenic and Mouthwatering Road Trips

As Ohioans continue to look for outdoor activities as a way to explore into the fall season, Ohio. Find It Here. has compiled three exciting road trips with dozens of destinations across the state to safely explore.

  • Charming Towns – Riding on bike trails in Granville, horseback riding in Charm and fishing at Geneva-on-the-Lake – these are just a few of the activities that visitors can experience by visiting the eight charming towns featured on Ohio.org.
  • The Scenic Route – Explore the natural wonders with 16 scenic route stops that cover the entire state. The road trip offers opportunities to hike, bike, zipline and paddle through Ohio’s shorelines and parks.
  • Foodie – Trying new foods is another good excuse to get out of the house, safely. The list of 14 stops, where foodies can get their fix around the state, includes BBQ and donut shops along with food markets and breweries.

For more travel ideas and inspiration, follow @OhioFindItHere on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and visit Ohio.org. Download photos from many of the outdoor destinations that Ohio has to offer. Read a PDF version of this press release. 

About Ohio. Find It Here. Operating within the state of Ohio's Development Services Agency, Ohio. Find It Here. works to position Ohio as a destination of choice to enrich lives through authentic travel experiences. The Ohio. Find It Here. brand supports Ohio’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry. In 2019, the tourism industry captured a record-breaking $48 billion in visitor spending and welcomed 226 million visitors into and within the state. The industry also supported 431,000 Ohio jobs. For more information, visit Ohio.org.                

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