Aesop's fabled City Mouse and Country Mouse both would find things to be pleased about in Cincinnati, Ohio. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Cincinnati offers an array of big-city attractions, while its pretty neighborhoods and parks exude small town charm. And since it's only five hours from Chicago, even a weekend trip is worth the drive. Think of this list as appetizers on a menu-appealing by themselves or just starters to a full-course meal.
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Carew Tower in downtown Cincinnati is a National Historic Landmark and the city's tallest building. The observation deck is reached by riding in an old-fashioned phone-booth-sized elevator and costs only a couple of dollars. The view extends for several miles in each direction.