Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a top tourist stop in Ohio; New season opens this weekend

State’s premiere road course starts 58th season this week

Staff report

LEXINGTON — Just in time for spring and summer travel planning, TourismOhio has launched RoadTrips.Ohio.org to help travelers find their perfect Ohio road trips.

The 10 road trips are based on themes with some routes highlighting major celebrations including the Lunar Landing 50th anniversary and the Cincinnati Reds’ 150th year. Other road trips provide adventures in family fun, cuisine, thriving cities, romance, outdoors, arts & culture and more.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a stop on RoadTrips.Ohio.org’s Winning Drive. The 58th season of racing begins on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio, with the Acura Sports Car Challenge, an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, late next week on May 3-5.

“We are excited to partner with TourismOhio to leverage our marketing budgets and bring more travelers to Ohio,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “Road trips provide a fun and accessible way for travelers to explore a new place or rediscover a place they have already been.”

“Ohio is located within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, and research tells us Ohio visitors are driving here from surrounding states,” said Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio. “We created RoadTrips.Ohio.org to be a fun and easy way for families and friends to find experiences they can enjoy together.”

There are two ways to use RoadTrips.Ohio.org. The “Find All Trips” button allows the user to browse all 10 inspirational road trips individually. The second, and perhaps most fun, is to click the “Find Your Trip” button, take a short quiz and let the site recommend road trips based on responses to what the user wants to find in Ohio.

RoadTrips.Ohio.org features the following 10 themed road trips:

  • Thriving Cities (Urban)
  • Foodie Fill-Up (Cuisine)
  • To the Moon and Back (Space/Aviation)
  • Highway to History (History)
  • Are We There Yet? (Family)
  • Rock, Ride and Explore (1st Time Visitor)
  • The Scenic Route (Outdoors)
  • Culture Cruise (Culture)
  • Lovers’ Lane (Romance)
  • Winning Drive (Sports)

The new RoadTrips.Ohio.org site provides more than suggested attractions. It also shares insider tips — such as must-try eateries, distinctive lodging and more “along the way” information that transforms a drive into a truly memorable experience.

Join in the Ohio. Find It Here. road trips conversation and share photos by using #WorthTheDrive and #OhioFindItHere. When attending the Acura Sports Car Challenge next week, use #IMSAatMO. For more travel inspiration, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

State’s premiere road course starts 58th season this week

Staff report