Detroit to Atlanta. Atlanta to Detroit. I’ve spent a lot of quality time on I-75, which runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the bottom of Florida. One of my favorite areas along the route is Cincinnati and North Kentucky. I’ve spent some time here when passing through, but this past Saturday the reason I got on I-75 was to spend the day there.
Driving south and with the sun coming up I crossed over the Ohio River with the city and stadiums to the left into Kentucky. I got some much-needed hot java at my favorite Starbucks in Kentucky (yes, I do have a favorite location in every state) in Florence about ten miles inside the state line. I stayed on the Kentucky side and went looking for a place in the hills to get some scenic shots of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline. I found Devou Park in Covington. A perfect setting, despite it being chilly. I got photos of Covington and the Kentucky suburbs and Cincinnati. Breathtaking with the blue skies and cumulus clouds.
Venturing into Cincinnati and back into Ohio, I went to my two favorite parks along the Ohio River, Yeatmans Cove and Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park. Yeatmans Cove Park is right by the sport stadiums and has steps that remind me of Rocky in Philadelphia. You park on an angle as the parking lot goes straight down into the water. Theodore M. Berry International Friendly park contains gardens that represent five of the planets continents. Lot’s of greenery, flowers and statues. You can get scenic views of the houses in the hills right off to the north as you walk.
Always visiting the parks and riverfront when passing through and even a Reds game, I’ve never ventured into downtown. Not this trip. I parked right in the heart at the The Westin Cincinnati by Fountain Square. Walking out of the hotel I immediately was in Fountain Square, in the center of the downtown area. I spent some time and got some pictures of the ice rink as they are getting it ready for the winter months, went inside a prototype of a Cincinnati street car that’s going to help transport people around the region and hung out around the fountain itself.
Within a block is Carew Tower the tallest part of the skyline and another great place to get picturesque views of the city and region. You can not only see Ohio and Kentucky but Indiana as well which is part of the immediate area. I got up to the 49th floor some stairs some elevator and took photos from every direction, trying not to look down. It was pretty cold up there.
It was time for some eats. Where else was I going to go other than Skyline Chili. I got two cheese coneys topped with their famous chili and was definitely impressed. I got offered a bib to wear, but I passed. I’m regretting that. I also checked out Graeter’s, home of what I heard is the best ice cream in town. I didn’t have any because I was full, but bought a stuffed animal and then sat and soaked in the atmosphere looking out towards Fountain Square.
I hung out in The Westin Cincinnati for a bit, charging my phone and watching everyone come and go, then took off out of the downtown area. I needed to get some meat as I was making fried rice, my signature dish, that night so I made a stop at Stehlin’s Meat Market on the northwest side of town. Boy the good things I heard about them were absolutely true. I got some of the best cuts/pieces of chicken and steak I’ve ever had. The fried rice turned out amazing by the way.
Lot’s of people pass through the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region every day on I-75 and other major thoroughfares on the way to their destination. With the parks, hills, skyline and downtown area, Ohio River, eats and with Kentucky being right there, Cincinnati is definitely a world-class city worth spending time in.
Check out my photos from the trip. Also check out my other Cincinnati photos when passing through on trips past. I would definitely recommend a Reds game, going up in the hills and checking out as many parks as you can.