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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Eden Park encompasses lakes, walking paths and a playground for the kids as well as outstanding views of the Ohio River and Kentucky. The park is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum (always free admission and well worth a visit) and the Krohn Conservatory.