Back in the beginning of February, my boyfriend Brandon and I celebrated our three year anniversary by taking our first trip by ourselves to Cincinnati for the weekend. Neither of us had been there before, and we had such a good time exploring the city together.

Long before our trip, I started my part of the planning. We decided that he would be in charge of finding and reserving our hotel, and I would be in charge of finding attractions, museums, and things to do and deciding what days we would do what. My favorite thing about this trip was getting to do all of the things on our "must-see" list, and more that we didn't plan!

We left Evansville on a Friday after our classes were finished, around 3:00 pm. It was a quick drive, especially with Brandon behind the wheel. We checked into our hotel first, and then went to Newport on the Levee in Newport, KY. My aunt and uncle recommended a restaurant there, Brothers Bar & Grill, and we loved it! We'll definitely be going back next time we're in Cincinnati. It was your typical sports bar, but the food was incredible. After dinner, we walked around Newport Landing and dipped into a few shops and stores there, including a super cool local art gallery.

The next morning, we began our day at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which was Brandon's number one must-see. This is a three story museum that is centered around slavery in the United States, and also had some exhibits about the KKK, racism, and slavery in the world today. The part that I remember the most was the time we spent in the exhibit about the KKK and how racism is affecting people today, and I specifically remember how nauseous I felt looking at all of the artifacts. I would highly recommend experiencing this museum for yourself if you're ever in the area, because it is so informative and truly eye-opening.

After our time in the Freedom Center, we snuck over to Orange Leaf for some fro-yo before our food tour at Findlay Market. I make a point to always look for a food tour every time I visit a city. I found Cincinnati Food Tours and we chose their 90 minute walking tour of Ohio's oldest public market. We got to try food samples from some of the vendors throughout the market, which were all phenomenal. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of our trip, and I loved experiencing this neighborhood and learning about the history from a local. After our food tour, we headed downtown to explore the city a little bit. We found Carew Tower and went to the top to get a bird's-eye view of the city. This was totally unplanned, and one of the best experiences in the city. It was so neat seeing the city from the tallest building there, and that was the best ending to our second day.

On Sunday, we got up and got to the Newport Aquarium around the time it opened. It was pretty pricey, but we both enjoyed it. We agreed that we like going to zoos more, but this was a fun experience, and one of the better aquariums I've been to. We ate lunch there, and hit the road afterwards.

I was incredibly happy with how this trip went, but if I could change one thing about it, I would go to a few more museums. A lot of the museums closed fairly early on Saturday afternoon, so we weren't able to visit many of them. Although our days were pretty full, I would've liked to do a little more with the time that we had there.

All in all, this was such an amazing trip and a much needed vacation in the middle of the semester. It was fun to plan it on our own and then just go and enjoy the time away from everything. This was our first trip without any real adults going with us, and I think we did a pretty good job of planning and executing everything. I'd love to go back to Cincinnati sometime; and can't wait for our next trip together.


Published by Ellie Lee