Ohio Scenic Drives

By: Miriam Carey

There's no better way to experience the diversity of Ohio than to take a scenic drive through the state. At the bottom of this page, you'll find links to articles about four particularly worthwhile Ohio scenic drives. These articles are perfect primers, with photos, highlights, and detailed maps for each drive.

Representing the western edge of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Ohio retains a great deal of East Coast charm while embracing its Midwestern roots. You can experience an array of different lifestyles, including the Amish and Mennonite cultures, the buzz of politics in Columbus, and the leisurely goings-on along the banks of the Ohio River.


The following four scenic drives demonstrate how easy it is to go from an urban atmosphere like Cleveland into the wilderness in just a few short minutes. Here's a preview of what you'll find in our articles about Ohio scenic drives:

Amish Country Byway

Ohio has the largest Amish population in the world. Explore winding roads lined with shops that sell fresh bakery, handmade wood products, quilts, and heaping servings of Amish food.

CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway (CanalWay Byway)

Following the path of the Ohio and Erie Canal from Cleveland to Dover, much of this byway is now a National Park, offering a mix of industrial and natural history, miles of bike and hiking paths, and historic landmarks.

Historic National Road

Along this route to the West, Annie Oakley hunted and Zane Grey -- father of the American Western -- drew inspiration. Explore a cross-section of Ohio's ancient and recent history on this scenic byway.

The Ohio River Scenic Byway

Allow two days or more to really explore the shores of the Ohio River. Stretching from West Virginia to Indiana, this byway features a host of historic sites, natural wonders, and beautiful scenes.


For more useful travel information about Ohio and beyond, see:

  • Ohio State Guide: Discover all of the things to do in Ohio, and learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in the state.
  • Scenic Drives: Are you interested in scenic drives in states other than Ohio? Here are more than 100 scenic drives throughout the United States.
  • How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.