Free Planner For Unforgettable Winter Getaways Available Through 1-800-Buckeye

Winter scene with sleigh The winter season is here, rousing memories of seasons past shared with friends and loved ones. But it is also time to create new memories. There are many places to go and things to do to make this season memorable, many in Ohio...the heart of it all. Whether you enjoy quaint, old-time villages, carolers, concerts, decorating and craft ideas, horse-drawn carriages, scenic train rides, or natural winter wonderlands, you will find all this and more in Ohio.

At Zoar Village, visitors experience an old-style German Christmas as they tour decorated homes, shop for holiday gifts and enjoy strolling carolers. In downtown Toledo, children and adults alike delight in the annual Holiday Parade featuring the jolly man in red. Winter nights at the Clifton Mill and Gorge dazzle visitors when the area is transformed into a sparkling fantasy with close to two million twinkling lights.

Skiing, snowmobiling, sledding and skating are also popular pastimes during the holiday season in Ohio. Try Punderson State Park for sledding and snowmobiling. Breathtaking natural beauty welcomes skiers and hikers in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. And who can forget time spent in Hocking Hills, where plentiful waterfalls create breathtakingly beautiful winter ice sculptures.

For a heartwarming downtown outing, head to the heart of Ohio, the State Capitol building in Columbus. The first-ever Capital Holiday Lights show on the Statehouse lawn will combine the magic of high technology with heartland traditions. Downtown nights will be set ablaze with lights, music, entertainment stages, a Holiday Village and a moving light show on the front of the Ohio Statehouse.

When Ohio travelers are ready to warm their hands, they can clap to the beat of their favorite music at the one and only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Nearby, the Great Lakes Science Center's hands-on learning displays can leave your hair standing on end. Speaking of museums, Ohio has some of the finest art collections in the country housed in Youngstown's Butler Institute of American Art, The Toledo Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Perhaps now, it's not a question of what to do or where, but how to decide among all the choices. Start with a call to Ohio's toll-free tourism hotline at 1-800-BUCKEYE. Right now you can tap into the Events Hotline to hear an updated listing of festivals, lighting celebrations and other events taking place across the state. Or order a getaway package that includes a new getaway guide, Ohio Journeys. This winter travel planner delivers an avalanche of information and pictures including the wonderful attractions awaiting Ohio travelers. Paired with the Ohio Calendar of Events, Journeys will help you and your family make new holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Travel counselors are on staff at 1-800-BUCKEYE Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help you custom plan your winter getaway.(NAPSI)

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