Fly To Cincinnati, Ohio
Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, just near the border with Kentucky, Cincinnati is an American city that has managed to rack up a wide range of accolades over time.
From a Forbes 2008 ‘Hardest Drinking City’ award, to being named the Chili Capital of America and even a 2013 Movoto real estate blog award for the ‘Smartest City’, Cincinnati is ranked for many facets of its charm.
What makes it unique in comparison to other US destinations is its eclectic blend of German culture thrown in with a bit of Irish. This influence can be found in the local expressions as well as the overall atmosphere. As a result, it is a great place to visit – whatever your age, reason for visiting or general tastes.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Cincinnati do need a prearranged Visa to enter the United States. Make sure you put in your application as early as possible, and also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned return with space for entry stamps too.
- The South African Embassy is situated in the capital, Washington. The embassy is situated at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20008. Phone: (+1) 202 232 4400. Website: saembassy.org.
See and do
There are a number of things to see in the city, with something for all tastes to enjoy. History buffs can venture to Over-the-Rhine, which is north of Downtown. This area has the world's largest collection of Italianate architecture. Other notable attractions include Cincinnati Public Theatre, the Showboat Majestic and Cincinnati Gardens.
While you’re in town, you should try and catch a showboat performance – this sort of theatre is becoming almost extinct, and is a real treat. You could also catch a baseball game, enjoy the city’s reputation for excellent gourmet food and chili (Skyline Chili, Gold Star Chili and others are worth trying) or take a stroll through the city to relish in the somewhat off-beat atmosphere.
No visit can be complete without a retail therapy session at Findlay Market. This market has the honour of being Ohio's oldest continuously-operated public market, selling a range of items from mundane to unique. Of course, there are also standard American malls too, dotted with smaller shops that are worth exploring too. The city’s German heritage means that you may find some quirky curios of a ‘Euro-American’ nature – otherwise expect mainstream US goods.
Public transport is well organised and decently priced. Buses are the main way to get around, with a number of different routes. There are sightseeing routes as well as standard ‘A to B’ routes – this allows you to hop on and hop off depending on your plans for the day. The Shuttle is one of the fastest routes, taking you to major attractions – it looks like an old-fashioned trolley.
Cincinnati Airport (Greater Cincinnati) – CVG
Food and beverage: Great American Bagels, Starbucks, McDonalds, Subway, Peet’s Tea and Coffee, Chick-fil-A.
Currency Exchange: 5/3 Bank is found in Concourse B, offering currency exchange and other banking services.
Airport Hotels: Airport Doubletree, Marriott Airport, Hampton Inn North and Comfort Suites.
Car Hire: National, Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Cincinnati Airport (code CVG) is a hub for Delta Air Lines, DHL Express, Ameriflight and Southern Flight.