Labor Day Road Trips Within Two Hours of Cincinnati

The great thing about the Midwest is that the major cities aren't that far from each other, yet they all offer unique slices of Americana. Some aren't even in the Midwest, but in the South, but still easily within reach by automobile. Within two hours of Cincinnati there are five large cities with loads of attractions and sites.

Ohio's capital has a great zoo. You've probably seen their Zoo Director Jack Hanna on any number of TV shows. The city is also home to the renowned COSI Science Center, just outside of Downtown. Prefer to stroll a historic neighborhood? Try German Village and its great shops and restaurants.

Deep in the heart of horse country is Lexington. While its fine horse racing park. Keeneland, does not have live racing on Labor Day Weekend, you can visit Kentucky Horse Park. Encompassing all things horse, the facility will host the Kentucky Classique Horse Trials on September 2nd. Other area attractions include the Kentucky Aviation Museum and The Mary Todd Lincoln House for the history buffs.

One of America's most underrated cities, Louisville is lovely and packed with things to do. Most notably the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Churchill Downs Museum, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Looking for a slower paced activity? The riverfront parks are both spacious and scenic and great for a nice riverfront stroll.

The capital of Indiana has a vibrant downtown, complete with a huge shopping center. While other such complexes have faltered in other cities, Circle Center remains a destination. Just east of Downtown is the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, one of the top such facilities in the nation.

A town that sometimes gets a bad rap, this Ohio city is often seen as a work-a-day city with nothing remarkable to offer. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dayton boasts the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Dayton Art Institute, the Wright Cycle Company Complex, as well as the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

P.F. Wilson is a freelance writer who has lived in Cincinnati for over 20 years. He's been published in magazines and newspapers across the country and hosts his own comedy podcast.