By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re planning a March Break trip to visit some relatives who recently moved to Cincinnati. What’s good to do and see there?

A: Lots. Cincinnati Ohio is about 658 km from Toronto and is just off the I-75 highway, a major artery connecting it to Canada. Here are some quick city highlights: Even if you wander through the lobby of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, you’ll be amazed.

Opened in 1931, this hotel was deemed as one of the first multi use complexes in the United States and is packed with some neat French art deco gems. Many described it as a “City within a city” with its own office tower, hotel, fully automated garage, and a shopping complex.

Considered the city’s crown jewel, the Hilton was completely renovated in 2004 and beautifully resonates in the art deco period with its use of rare Brazilian rosewoods, German silver and stylized Egyptian décor.

Nearby sights here include the Fountain Square, Cincinnati's Backstage Entertainment District, and the Great American Ballpark, the Paul Brown Stadium. Next wander through Hyde Park, one of Cincinnati's oldest neighborhoods.

Historic gaslights line the streets of these opulent castle-styled stone mansions. Graeter's Ice Cream parlor, located on Hyde Park Square, is the oldest surviving ice cream manufacturer in America (125 years) and the only one left that still makes ice cream using the French pot method.

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