Known as The Birthplace of Aviation and so much more!, Dayton is home to the Wright Brothers, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the Wright family mansion Hawthorn Hill, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum and the state’s most visited free tourist attraction!), and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratories are developing the latest in aerospace technology. For more information and to access a digital copy of the 2018 Destination Dayton Visitors Guide click here. In recent years, Dayton has been known as the home to the First Four. The play in games for March Madness, NCAA Men’s D-1 basketball tournament are held at UD Arena. Dayton/ Montgomery County, located at one of the busiest crossroads of America, where I-75 north/south meets I-70 east/west, also boasts an international airport serviced by the major carriers. Accessible, affordable, Dayton/Montgomery County offers world-class attractions, diverse accommodations, fantastic arts and culture performances, beautiful parks with bike and recreation trails, a variety of sporting venues and events, plus fabulous shopping and dining.
Of course, there’s also plenty to do in Dayton for those whose interests aren’t up in the air. The area’s creative spirit lives in its arts and cultural institutions. The Dayton Ballet, The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra present engaging, critically acclaimed works in both classic and contemporary styles. The crowning jewel of the city’s performance venues is the $130 million Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, where these local institutions – as well as a roster of talented performers from every continent – perpetuate Dayton’s cultural renaissance.
Visitors can also pack their itineraries with trips to an exciting array of downtown destinations and Ohio attractions, including hot dining spots, one-of-a-kind stores and thrilling sports venues. And when it’s time to slow down the pace, abundant natural beauty awaits in parks throughout Montgomery County. From gardens and farmland to hiking trails and outdoor concert venues, the great outdoors is even better here.