Cincinnati is positioned in the southwest corner of the state near the Kentucky border and on the banks of the Ohio River. Cincinnati grew rapidly as a port city in the early 19th century, when it was crowded with steamboats and riverboats; today, it's still possible to ride an old-fashioned riverboat to scope out the city's skyline. Though it's back on land, it can feel like you're walking underwater in certain parts of Newport Aquarium. Many of its exhibits have transparent floors and underground tunnels, which let you get an up-close view of tropical fish and sea creatures. Further downtown, Fountain Square sits in the nucleus of Cincinnati's cultural attractions. Walk one direction and you'll find Cincinnati Museum Center, which is housed in a historical train station and features a popular exhibit on Pompeii, the ancient Italian city where many residents were preserved in volcanic ash. It's also worthwhile to visit one of many nearby chili parlors to try out the city's famous recipe, a sauce-like version that typically includes seasonings such as cinnamon and cloves. Take a five-minute drive or cab ride north of downtown and you'll find Over-the-Rhine, a quiet enclave reminiscent of a charming European village. It's lined with Italianate buildings and several historical breweries, as well as Findlay Market, a public bazaar open year-round.
Vendors here set up shop both outside and inside to sell fresh flowers and international foods. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.