The Oregon Trail

Northern Ohio’s number-one summer attraction is the wonderful old-time amusement park of Cedar Point (419/627-2350, hours vary, $69 adults, $49 children under four feet tall), just north of Sandusky. Open since 1892, Cedar Point has the country’s biggest and best collection of roller coasters, 16 in all, ranging from fragile-looking old wooden ones to high-speed modern monsters like the Magnum XL-200, a 15-story colossus; the terrifying Raptor, in which riders swing on benches hanging from the track; the 90-plus-mph Millennium Force, which features a stomach-levitating 300-foot drop; and the 42-story Top Thrill Dragster, which accelerates from 0 to 120 mph in four seconds. Cedar Point is definitely one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest (and is regularly voted “Best Amusement Park in the World” by its many fans), so expect crowds if you come on summer weekends. The 364-acre park sits on a peninsula across the water from downtown Sandusky and has animal shows, a Lake Erie beach, and a water park, as well as restaurants, on-site camping, and comfortable accommodations in the retro Gilded Age Hotel Breakers.