Ohio's third-largest city is perennially stuck in the shadow between Columbus and Cleveland (not geographically, duh), despite having not one, but two professional sports teams to its credit. Yes, Cleveland sits on the picturesque shores of Lake Erie, but Cincy's got the Ohio River, and nice though lakeside views are, there's no such thing as "river-effect snow." And just 24 miles outside the city, you can toss your cookies on roller coasters at King's Island, one of the Midwest's best amusement parks.
Local cuisine's robust in Cinci, too, from New American joints like The Littlefield to Italian/French fusion establishments like Boca. Despite this trove of fine eateries, though, you will inevitably end up eating your weight in five-way chili, which consists of chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions, and beans. Which only leaves the question: Who dey gonna eat dem five-ways?