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Photo of the Week: View from Eden Park in Cincinnati.

Photo is taken from up-top Eden Park in Cincinnati, Ohio looking eastward down the Ohio River with Kentucky opposite. Cincinnati is known for their parks and rolling hills which leads to many scenic viewing opportunities.

Cincinnati Eden Park - Ohio River

The Queen City, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky

Cincinnati. The Queen City. Northern Kentucky. So much history, so beautiful and so many great places to see. I’ve talked about my time in this area before but I thought I’d give my top ten list of things to do (so far) when in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Skyline Chili. This is the one place people think of when they think Cincinnati and dining. There are several locations in the area. Make sure to get the cheesy coney’s with chili. They have their own secret recipe. Don’t forget to put the bib they give you on!

Zip’s Cafe. Get a Double Zip Burger with cheese along with cheese and chili fries. You might get hooked like me. Zip’s Cafe sits right in the heart of Mount Lookout an eastern Cincinnati neighborhood along with several other restaurants, bars and nightlife options.

Devou Park. The hills become higher and more numerous as you approach Cincinnati from the north and they definitely keep up their intensity as you enter Kentucky. A great place to get a panoramic view of the city, Ohio River and the Northern Kentucky suburbs.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Standing along the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky you get amazing scenery and some great photos from both the east and west side of this amazing landmark. Open since 1866, you’ll find pictures of the iconic bridge everywhere around town.

Purple People Bridge. A pedestrian only bridge around since 1886. On one side you have Yeatman’s Cove Park and downtown Cincinnati on the other you have downtown Newport, Kentucky with shops, restaurants and the Newport Aquarium. It’s neat to be able to walk and say I’m in Ohio, oh wait I’m now in Kentucky!

Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park. Sitting right along the Ohio River, whether your running, walking or just hanging out you’ll see various gardens (each representing a different part of the world), sculptures and homes off to the north in the hills.

Yeatman’s Cove Park. Also along the Ohio River, it resides in downtown and on the location the city was founded. You can grab a cart and go riding up and down the central riverfront. Run up and down the Serpentine Wall that separates the park from the river, also a perfect spot to catch a concert or other event. Get great scenic shots of the city and Roebling Bridge. You can flow from one park to the next, running along the river on a nice day, can’t beat that!

Eden Park and Krohn Conservatory. Eden Park resides near the Ohio River but up in the hills. It’s home to a fountain, lake, the Cincinnati Art Museum, magnificent views of both Ohio and Kentucky and a conservatory. Krohn Conservatory is home to an indoor tropical and rainforest setting with flowers, trees and plants from all over the world. There is an international butterfly show coming up too.

Carew Tower. What ever city I’m in I have to go up the tallest building to get a view of everything. Standing up-top Cincinnati’s tallest building on the observation deck (the 48th floor) you get a great view of the skyline and the rest of the city. On a clear day you can see the suburbs in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Attend a Cincinnati Reds baseball game. Known as baseball’s first professional franchise founded back in 1882, the Red Stockings, they have so much history. Great American Ball Park, sitting right on the riverfront, makes for the perfect day outside.

Checkout one of my day road trips there in a previous blog entry where I go into more detail on some of the places I just described. What is your favorite thing to do in southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky? I still have to checkout Montgomery Inn, Findlay Market, the Newport Aquarium, take a Ohio riverboat ride and go to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. What else do you suggest?

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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.
Cincinnati - from Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky

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.
Cincinnati hills from Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park

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.
Cincinnati ice rink at Fountain Square

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.
View atop Carew Tower in Cincinnati

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.
Skyline Chili cheese coneys in Cincinnati

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.