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441 Vine Street


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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

For some of the best panoramic views of Cincinnati (and even into northern Kentucky), head to the 49th floor of the Carew Tower. The city's second-tallest building stands at 574 feet, beaten only by the Great American Tower office building, which is about 90 feet taller. Situated in the heart of downtown, the Carew Tower was completed in 1930, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994 and is home to more than two dozen shops and restaurants, as well as offices and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel.

From the observation deck, recent visitors reported having excellent views of the entire city, including sights like the Ohio River and both the baseball and football stadiums. They liked that the deck is open-air, meaning that no glass or walls get in the way of the views. However, travelers should know that the main elevator does not travel the full 49 floors, so they will need to cover the remaining distance in a smaller, older elevator followed by one flight of stairs, or by skipping the second elevator and walking up four flights. This may not be feasible for some travelers.

The Carew Tower observation deck and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance fees are $6 for visitors ages 12 and older, $3 for guests ages 6 to 11 and free for kids 5 and younger. But before you head up to take in the views, be sure to make a stop at the ATM on the ground floor (or another one nearby), as the observation deck only accepts cash. Thanks to its central location, visitors staying downtown should be able to walk to the building. Parking is also available (for a fee) at various nearby garages. To start planning your trip, visit the Cincinnati tourism board website for additional information.

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#1 Eden Park

On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree groves complete with walking paths. There are also a couple of lakes, a magnolia garden and several scenic overlooks.

One TripAdvisor user was blown away by Eden Park's setting, saying it has "beautiful views of the city — especially at night time." However, some travelers say that the park is a little hard to find. To get there from downtown, drive north on Gilbert Avenue until you reach Eden Park Drive. You can also just call a taxi. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Parks website.

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