1. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton - With more than 22,000 employees, Wright Patterson Air Force Base is one of the top employers in the state. WPAFB is home to the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. At the base, weapons and flight systems are tested and modified. In 1995, the Dayton Agreement, a peace agreement that put an end to more than three years of conflict in Bosnia, was signed at Wright-Patterson. More information can be found here.
2. Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay - On September 10, 1813, a small American fleet led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry faced off against a British fleet. Built to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, the world's tallest Doric column also celebrates the long-lasting peace between the United States, Britain and Canada. Click here to learn more about the Battle of Lake Erie. More information on the memorial can be found here.
3. Fort Meigs
Perrysburg - Built on the banks of the Maumee River in an attempt to protect Ohio from invasion during the War of 1812, Fort Meigs successfully repelled two British sieges. Today, a modern reconstruction stands on the site and is one of the largest log forts in the United States. More information can be found here.
4. Serpent Mound
Peebles - Nearly a quarter of a mile long and in the shape of an uncoiling snake, Serpent Mount has been called the finest serpent effigy mound in America. Effigy Mounds, which are unique to North America, are thought to represent the mythical or religious beliefs of their builders. More information can be found here.
5. Campus Martius
Marietta - The Ohio Company of Associates built Campus Martius in 1788 as a temporary shelter for the pioneers settling Marietta and it became the first American settlement organized in the Northwest Territory. Part of the original fort can be viewed today in the Campus Martius museum. More information can be found here.
6. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Cincinnati - Crossing the Ohio River was a major milestone for many slaves who traveled the routes of the Underground Railroad to find freedom. The Freedom Center, located on the banks of the Ohio River was opened in 2004 to honor the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States and explores other issues in human freedom from the past and the present. More information can be found here.
7. Ohio State Reformatory
Mansfield - Built between 1886 and 1910 and closed in 1990, the Ohio State Reformatory was the site of the largest free-standing cell block in the world. Over its lifetime, the reformatory housed more than 155,000 men. Today, the reformatory receives thousands of visitors a year, partially because of its use as a setting for movies and television shows. Movies including The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and Tango & Cash used the reformatory as a set. More information can be found here.
8. Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Wapakoneta - Celebrating the accomplishments of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum was opened in 1972. The museum focuses not just on Armstrong, but also on Ohio's contributions to aviation and space exploration. More information can be found here.
9. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
Cleveland - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum was opened in 1995, after Cleveland won a competition against a number of other cities. Cleveland was home to Alan Freed, the disc jockey who is credited with inventing the term "rock and roll" in the 1950s. More information can be found here.
10. Sauder Village
Archbold - Created in 1970, Sauder Village recreates a 19th Century community to educate people about the past. The village contains several buildings, including an inn, a bakery, and a performance center. More information can be found here.
11. Ohio Statehouse
Columbus - The Ohio Statehouse is one of the oldest working statehouses in the United States. Construction of the Statehouse began in 1839 and was finished in 1861, with prison inmates handling much of the labor. Ohioans selected the Greek Revival architecture because of its link to democratic symbolism. Today, the Statehouse is home to the Ohio General Assembly. More information can be found here.