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Ohio’s First and Finest

Ohio’s First and Finest

Learn about the many milestones Ohio made in its early days.

Valley Gem Sternwheeler in Marietta, OH

Ohio’s First and Finest

By TourismOhio

Posted On: Sep 1, 2020

Explore the 32 counties of Ohio's Appalachian region to find some of the state's earliest settlements, its first capital, ancient earthwork formations, gorgeous state parks and more.

Follow this road trip to explore this unique region. 


Marietta’s river-town history and charm will take you back to the simpler time depicted in David McCullough’s latest bestseller, "The Pioneers." Learn the backstory at the town’s many museums, including the Ohio River Museum and Campus Martius, where artifacts and an original structure from that era can be seen.


The century-old Lafayette Hotel is a Marietta landmark situated right on the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Pick up one of the phones in the lobby to hear local history and be sure to ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the river.


Grab a gourmet burger or some bucatini bolognese at The Galley, before listening to a concert at the connected Adelphia Music Hall. Take a walk to admire the historic mansion and have dinner inside one at Buckley House, a Victorian-style home with porches upstairs and down.

Along the way

Hitch a ride on an authentic riverboat queen along the Ohio and Muskingum rivers on the Valley Gem Sternwheeler in Marietta.

Explore the life story of Ohio’s beloved space pioneer and senator at New Concord’s John & Annie Glenn Museum.

Enjoy bluegrass or gospel music or share a laugh with “country comics” at the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnelsville.

Enjoy a different wine every week of the year with the 52 selections at Belpre’s Unicorn Wine Guild.

For more Appalachian and Charming Town adventures, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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