Growing up in the South, I learned two things: Pepsi is the work of the devil and NEVER go to Ohio. Well, a business trip caused me to break one of those rules (with the exception of the occasional but delicious Dr. Pepper) and (much to my chagrin) it didn’t suck nearly as much as I anticipated.
My top 4 reasons Cincinnati Doesn’t Suck (because 5 is a stretch):
- Can you say f-ing “sky walk”?!
You mean I can walk from my hotel/apartment to my office, a restaurant or a mall – all without having to see the sky? While their 1.3 miles tunnel system pales in comparison to Chicago’s or Toronto’s (18 miles!), it’s still pretty awesome. Take that, fresh air.
- Some cool buildings and architecture.
While the Eastern seaboard is full of very old cities rich in history, they’re all sort of similar. Cincinnati, though, has more of a Chicago feel with much taller, more substantial buildings. Do yourself a favor on a visit and take this walking tour. Scroll down for plenty of pictures.
- Active, vibrant downtown that’s not dead after 5pmOk, so if you’re anywhere else in this horrid state at 5pm, you’ll likely be making meth in your local Wal-Mart. The good news for Cincinnati: you have options. The downtown restaurants are good and busy on weeknights and there’s actually stuff going on.
- 2, count ‘em, 2, major league stadiums right downtown
Not being a big sports guy, I know enough to recognize that it’s not a great sports town, but at least they’ve got them. Between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, you get the epitome of Ohio–a little bit of terrible and a little bit of average.
While I can’t recommend that you should ever go, I can tell you it’s not nearly as terrible as they say.