Greetings reader, as I stated in my last post, do something new this summer, visit a “new-to-you” town within your own state. We had a micro adventure, visiting a local town on the other side of the state, Dayton Ohio.
We decided to head over to the western side of Ohio, Dayton. I have not been to Dayton since my college years of visiting a friend’s home, this was all new to us.
What To Do in Dayton
There is quite a bit to do in Dayton! First, it is the home of the Wright Brothers, printers, inventors, successfully launched the first flying machine. There are five Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Parks in the Dayton area.
The Air Force Museum is located in Dayton. There is the Carillon Historical Park, which is a museum complex with more Wright Brothers history, the history of Dayton and of cash registers. Does anyone remember NCR-National Cash Register?
There are tons of outdoor activities! Kayak on the Miami River, hit up a bike trail, or go hiking. Dayton is an authorized “Trail Town” by the Buckeye Trail Association, meaning it is friendly to hikers and has great amenities for your hike.
Antique Malls on the Way
We traveled west on I-70 to Dayton. There are three big antique malls to hit up on your travels if you are into that sort of thing-we are. I scored some new political buttons, and a new set of Staffordshire Spaniels!
Air Force Museum
If you are interested in history AND aviation, you have come to the right place! There are four hangars full of planes to marvel over. These are not small hangars either. Be prepared for LOTS of walking. Perhaps plan out your visit.
This could take you four to six hours or two days in case you end up watching a movie while you are there. But you know what? Admission is free, so take two days to take it all in!
We wanted to go to a good restaurant that was not a steak house in Dayton! (It seemed the restaurants with the best reviews all were steakhouses.) We went to Kitchen Corner in the Oregon district, and had the tasting menu. I thought it was very good, my husband was not that impressed-except for his addition of poutine-that was really tasty!
It was a fun weekend out of town, we left Saturday morning at 8 am and returned home about 5pm on Sunday. Even though it was just one night out, it did feel like we had “gotten off our hilltop” and had a small break in the regular schedule.
Have you gotten out of town for a small staycation?