The third largest city in Ohio, Cincinnati is also the 28th largest city in the United States by metropolitan population. It is also the county seat of Hamilton County. Cincinnati is situated on the border between Ohio and Kentucky, at the confluence of the Ohio River and the Licking River, and covers an area of 206.01km2; of which 201.86km2 is land and 4.14km2 is water. The city’s topography comprises hills, bluffs, and low ridges overlooking Ohio River. It is also worth noting for visitors to the city that Cincinnati belongs to a climatic transition zone, at the northern limit of the humid subtropical climate and the southern limit of the humid continental climate zone. Summers in the city are hot and humid and winters can be cold and snowy.
What to see & do
Apart from major festivals like the Flying Pig Marathon, Macy’s Music Festival, and the WEBN Labor Day Fireworks/Riverfest, Cincinnati is also home to a large collection of historic architecture. The cityscape of Cincinnati is an interesting scenery, teeming with structures notable for their architectural characteristics and historic associations. Among these remarkable structures are the Carew Tower, the Scripps Center, the Ingalls Building, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and the Isaac M. Wise Temple. The Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood north of Downtown Cincinnati houses some of the world’s largest collections of Italianate architecture. The neighbourhood also used to be the centre of life for German immigrants, making it one of the largest historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places list.
Cincinnati is also known for unique delicacies influenced by its history of German and Irish immigration. Earning the title “Chili Capital of America and of the World”, Cincinnati has more chili restaurants per capita than any other city in the country and in the world. The Cincinnati chili is a staple, a unique style of chili con carne seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and even chocolate, commonly served over spaghetti or as a hot dog sauce. Goetta is another popular food in Cincinnati, which is a meat product consisting of sausage and pinhead oatmeal, served fried and eaten for breakfast.
How to get around within Cincinnati
The city of Cincinnati is served by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, and the Clermont Transportation Connection. These companies operate 40-foot diesel buses as well as longer articulated or hybrid engine buses. Taxis are another way to get around the city, best booked by calling for one on the phone. It is also common to negotiate fare discount. To get to your destinations quickly and in your own time, the most convenient way to navigate around Cincinnati is by car. However, only Downtown and the surrounding neighbourhoods have a street grid, and outside of those parts can be challenging.
How to get there
The main airport that serves Cincinnati is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The airport serves as a hub for Delta Airlines and DHL. Lunken Airport, on the other hand, is for private planes and chartered flights arriving to Cincinnati. By land travel, Cincinnati can be reached by taking Interstates 71 (from Columbus and Louisville), 74 (from Indianapolis), 75 (from Dayton and Lexington), 471, and 275. Amtrak’s Cardinal line also makes three weekly trips between Chicago and New York City through Cincinnati Union Terminal.