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The sixth largest city in Ohio, Dayton features a diverse array of museums, attractions and parks to make any city break enjoyable and entertaining. From watching local baseball team The Dragons compete for glory at the Fifth Third Field, to admiring vintage automobiles at America’s Packard Museum – housed in a restored Packard dealership and featuring a range of 20th century cars from the brand – Dayton has plenty to see and do.
With a hire car at your disposal, you’ll also be able to venture beyond Dayton to other cities in Ohio such as Springfield (a 30-minute drive), situated next to Buck Creek and its surrounding State Park. There, you can visit the striking Westcott House, designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as the quirky Hartman Rock Garden – a variety of structures and figures playing out themes such as history, religion and patriotism in handmade rock formations.
Fly into Dayton International Airport and from there it’s a 15-minute drive along the I-75 highway to the centre of Dayton.
With a hire car you can easily venture beyond Dayton to explore the rest of Ohio. Columbus is an hour’s drive away, where you can immerse yourself in 88 acres of flowers and landscaped grounds at the Franklin Park Conservatory, or learn all about the history of cartoons at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, named after the legendary Ohio cartoonist.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Dayton to suit every budget and requirement, from Alamo and Avis to Dollar and Thrifty.
Dayton is packed full of sites of cultural interest, from the Dayton Art Institute to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The SunWatch Indian Village is a particularly interesting visit, featuring the excavated remains of a 13th century Native American village, while the National Museum of the United States Airforce can tell you all you need to know about this important line of defence, providing the chance to try out the experience for yourself in a flight simulator and 3D cinema.
Beyond Dayton, Cincinnati is just a 50-minute drive away, home to some spectacular architecture in the form of the Art Deco railway station that now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center and the city’s striking red-brick Music Hall, built in 1878 (also said to be haunted). Meanwhile, the city of Hamilton is 40 minutes’ drive away, known as the ‘city of sculpture’ for the number of artworks dotted across the city’s public spaces and in the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.
Driving in Dayton, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so. Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.
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