Last Updated on August 6, 2015 by Chef Mireille
My travel entries usually focus on exotic international destinations but this one is on a little piece of middle America called Cincinnati which has stuff to offer for a small city. Especially in these hard times as we look for travel on a budget.
The foodie in me came to check out the annual Taste of Cincinnati festival and an amazing international amusement park for foodies called Jungle Jims.
However I was pleasantly surprised to find so much important American history here as a major stop along the Underground Railroad and the home of many abolitionists including Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Toms Cabin. In fact her house you can see as it has been restored by the Ohio Historical Society.
The most important sight not to miss is the Freedom Museum – tribute to all who have fought for freedom – Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Gandhi and so much more. You learn the amazing stories of everyday runaway slaves and what they endured for freedom. An actual slave pen is there still with chains and when you realize people were held there like animals its a very powerful experience. A peaceful end to the visit is the eternal flame in dedication to all those who have fought for freedom. Its a great piece of history for a quick educational trip with the kids. For your next domestic vacation consider Cincinnati – it’ll be a lot more interesting than you probably thought!!