Ohio’s summer tourist season sees the biggest crowds in outdoor hotspots, like campgrounds, rivers and the shores Lake Eerie. Cities in the Buckeye state see manageable crowds, though rates are a bit higher. Fall in southern Ohio is a great time to hit the south of the state for some changing leaves. Amish country sees most of its visitors in the early part of autumn as well.
Summer is the slowest tourism season in Ohio, and with fairly good reason. There just isn’t much to do in the winter months that can’t be done better in West Virginia. Spring is the best off-season time to visit Ohio. Prices are down, crowds are thin and the weather is great, though visitors with hay fever may want to bring their medication in the lush and blooming southern 3rd of the state.
State Abbreviation: OH
State Capital: Columbus
Largest City: Columbus
Area: 44,828 square miles (the 34th biggest state in the USA)
Ohio Population: 11,459,011 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: manufacturing, farming, mining
Ohio Rivers: Ohio River, Cuyahoga River, Miami River, Sandusky River
Ohio Lakes: Lake Erie, Grand Lake
Highest Point: Campbell Hill - 1,550 feet (1,272 m) above sea level
Origin of the Name Ohio: from the Iroquois Indian for "good river".