Planning a Road Trip to Lake Erie from Columbus, OH

Road trips are a fun way to explore an area because you can actually see what you are passing by. They also allow you to make stops along the way and see what lies between your starting point and your destination. Ohio is home to a beautiful mix of urban and rural areas making it a great option for a road trip. Columbus is one of its largest cities and a popular place to visit. With Lake Erie only a few hours away, why not take your time and drive there while exploring what happens to be in-between? Here we have outlined a route for going from Columbus to Lake Erie that includes some places to visit along the way, allowing you to spread out your time and relax.

Starting Point: Columbus

Columbus is home to a plethora of attractions for visitors. With multiple parks and gardens, shopping centers as well as arts and culture destinations, it is easy to fill up a whole day or even two. After exploring the city, you can begin to make your way to Lake Erie in the late morning.

First Stop: Danville

The drive from Columbus to Danville is a little over an hour. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you enter into Ohio’s Amish Country. Once you are near Danville, there are several parks perfect for a picnic and a hike to stretch your legs. There are also a few wineries nearby to visit on your way called the Ugly Bunny Winery and Sunny Slope Winery. After grabbing dinner, we recommend staying at The White Oak Inn. It is out of the way of things and the perfect place to relax after a day full of driving and activities. The bed and breakfast will have you covered the next morning with a savory or sweet option to choose from at breakfast.

Destination: Geneva-on-the-Lake

Geneva-on-the-Lake is about a two and a half hour drive from Danville. Between Danville and Geneva-on-the-Lake rests the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and an amusement park called Fun ‘n’ Stuff. There are various activities to help get your circulation pumping again including laser tag, amusement rides, mini-golf and go-karts. Geneva-on-the-Lake lies right along Lake Erie and is not as touristy as Sandusky or Cleveland. We recommend enjoying the rest of the day and spending the night at The Lakehouse Inn. Their restaurant the Crosswinds Grille offers patio sitting overlooking the beach and they even have an in-house winery.


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