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About Dayton

Dayton is an American city in the state of Ohio. It is a logistical centre for the state and is known for producing impressive technological innovations. Dayton is populated by just under 150,000 people and is nicknamed the ‘Gem City’. Popular attractions in the city include the National Museum of the United States Air force.

Cheap flights to Dayton are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to discover the secrets hidden in this future-forward technological hub! Dayton is home to the Dayton International Airport (DAY) which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre. DAY mainly serves local American airlines that include Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Dayton but affordable, connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Why visit Dayton

dayton wright brothers memorial

Unique History

While in the renowned birthplace of aviation, tour through the city and check out the magnificent Flyover sculpture that commemorates the integral aviation work of the famous Wright Brothers.

dayton national aviation museum

Art and Museums

Go on an adventure in a flight simulator at the National Museum of the United States Air Force or browse through the vast art collection at the Dayton Art Institute.

dayton vandalia sunderland falls

Natural Attractions

Enjoy a scenic boat trip along the Great Miami River or take a road trip to the nearby city of Vandalia where you can explore the terrain and visit the beautiful Sunderland Falls.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.075 $
Language English
Hub Airport Dayton International Airport (DAY)
Time Zone GMT -05:00
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Dayton

Dayton experiences a humid continental climate and the warm summer months between June and September are the best time to visit this beautiful city. The weather is perfect for sightseeing and popular festivals like the Vectren Dayton Air Show take place in July. However these months, and the months of December and January, are the peak tourist seasons in the city. Air fares, accommodation rates and general expenses will be at their highest. If you are looking to spend a little less and avoid crowds, visit Dayton during October and November, or between February and May as it is low season and the cheapest tickets will be available.

Weather & Climate in Dayton

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) -7°C -5°C 0°C 5°C 11°C 16°C 18°C 17°C 12°C 7°C 1°C -4°C
High (°C) 2°C 4°C 10°C 17°C 22°C 27°C 29°C 28°C 24°C 18°C 11°C 13°C
Rainfall (mm) 72 56 86 104 118 106 106 76 80 74 86 80


Dayton, the ‘Gem City’, is the sixth largest city located in the American state, Ohio. This logistical centre is known for producing impressive technological innovations and boasts popular attractions that include the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Dayton is a future-forward technological hub filled with secrets waiting to be discovered. Make sure to take a trip to the 65-acre Carillon Historical Park which doubles as a museum. Explore the historic buildings and exhibits which showcase the history of the city, its technological accomplishments and the history of Dayton’s exceptional residents from 1796 to present day.

This city is the renowned birthplace of aviation where the famous Wright brothers lived and perfected their first aircraft design. Visit the exciting National Museum of the United States Air Force and if you find yourself in the city at the end of July, celebrate with the locals at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a visa to enter the United States of America. Ensure your South African passport is valid for at least six months beyond date of return and has at least two blank pages available for stamps. For further information, the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa can be found at 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia in Pretoria.

Tel: 012 431 4000


Health & Safety

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the United States. Make sure your routine vaccines that include the MMR vaccine, DPT, Chickenpox, Polio and yearly flu shots are updated before travel. As an additional precaution you should get vaccinations for Hepatitis A, B and Rabies, as you may be exposed to infected stray dogs and other mammals while on holiday.

Despite Dayton being a generally safe city, you should practice normal safety precautions. Keep your valuables and important documentation safe and watch out for petty crimes like bag-snatching or pick-pocketing, especially on the west side of the city. You should also try to avoid the areas of Westwood and Northland as these are the most dangerous areas in Dayton.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R90.00 R100.00 R132.00
Domestic Beer R22.00 R20.00 R43.00
Cappuccino (regular) R19.00 R20.00 R49.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R12.00 R19.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R92.00
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