I want to get out of town. Put gas in my car. Put my hand out the car window. Listen to some great music and feel the wind through my fingers.
It’s the perfect time of year to take that quick trip. Kids are back in school, you don’t have as much flexibility to use a Friday and Monday for a longer jaunt. And if you don’t have kids, you may have already spent the days reserved for a summer vacation.
I talked with Kimberly Schwind, a spokesperson for AAA Ohio, who is seeing some trends with these short weekend getaways.
“We definitely are seeing a lot of people traveling. I had our travel department pull the numbers for 2014 and 2015 for Labor Day, and it’s consistent. Ohioans tend to take four to six hour weekend trips if they’re going to take a trip,” Schwind tells me.
Where are they going and where would you like to go? Informal survey on Periscope and Twitter says:
@mcsod15 Amish Country in Holmes county, Dawes Arboretum in Newark/Heath and camping at Leith Run in Wayne Natl Forest.
@Partime43 we would go to Headlands Beach in Mentor. Nice beach right on Lake Erie with a awesome New York style pizzeria nearby.
@Kevinohiokiss Bridge Day in Fayetteville WV
@bootleg_bob63 Rock Hall in Cleveland!
@PattLDavis and @AmyStrawser Yellow Springs!
@DellKirsten Malabar Farms, home of Louis Bromfield and Bogart-Bacall wedding!
@kellyshayneOH Hocking Hills for me and the hubby. Cedar Point or KI with the kiddos.
@UFC35911 Camping at Old Mans Cave and Huge Aquarium in Cincinnati/Kentucky
@pcitro001 Hocking Hills
@redhed9 Nasvhille, Indiana (Like a mini-Gatlinburg, she says) and also Santa Claus, Indiana
@ScottBales1 Marblehead on Lake Erie (On a personal note: we’ve been and LOVED it) and also The Creation Museum in Kentucky
The one that made me laugh:
@Knoxboy11 Weekend trip to Hilton in Polaris is my favorite. Shuttles are icing on the cake.
The one that was luxurious:
@LarryChaffinCEO The Ritz Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.
(It’s near Atlanta and is a very short plane ride away.)
And I’ve continued to hear about a destination within range that is growing in popularity! The Gorge in West Virginia is just a four hour drive from Central Ohio. Schwind told me that while the focus there is on whitewater rafting, it also has a lot of other outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. She compares it to the Hocking Hills and still within an easy driving range.
“It really does seem to be an up and coming destination. It’s something we didn’t hear a lot about in the past. We’re starting to work with them to offer travel packages because it is so popular.”
To learn more about what a trip to The Gorge might look like for your crew, just take a look at this website.
AAA just put out its’ travel forecast and it looks like more than 1.5 million Ohioans will travel at least fifty miles away from their house on Labor Day weekend. It’s the highest number of travelers on that weekend since 2008. Also remember, if you’re a AAA member you can get discounted attraction tickets to quite a few of these destinations. Just check online or with your local AAA office!
So choose something great this weekend, or wait for the end-of-the-summer holiday next weekend.
Whatever you do– Make sure you tell your travel story in the comments below!