It’s hard to find a bad side of this city. We scoured our seven hills to find these five vantage points, from which you’ll be able to see nearly every inch of our gorgeous skyline, the Ohio River basin, and beyond.
There’s not just a lot to do here, there’s 700 acres of a lot to do. Golf cart paths make hitting 18 holes a no-brainer; fishing is always available at the ominously named Prisoner’s Lake; and the hiking trails never exceed an easy 2 miles. However you’re spending your day, cap it at Memorial Overlook at sunset, perhaps the best look at downtown you can find featuring both sides of the river.
1201 Park Dr., Covington, (859) 292-2160
Few summer days are better spent than with a picnic—how about adding a view? Eden Park’s Lake Drive has the works: Bring some grub; find an open grill; and either plant your blanket around the Twin Lakes or take a table near the views of Kentucky and the Ohio River. Walking off the feast? Stroll to nearby President’s Grove, where each former Oval Office occupant has his own tree.
950 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams, (513) 357-2604
There’s something about the sun setting over Cincinnati’s hills. Rhinegeist, celebrating its sixth anniversary this year, gives you a perfect panorama of downtown, OTR, and the hills leading up to Clifton Heights from its rooftop bar, which offers up exclusive cocktails. The stools also conveniently spin, so have a quick whirl when no one’s looking.
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-1367
Incline Public House
While getting a table here is still a hassle, it’s for the right reasons—this locale’s view above West Eighth Street offers an excellent sight to the Cincinnati horizon. Take the early bird’s advice and grab a table just after 5, or, if you’re not incredibly peckish, visit around 9 for a clear view of the Duke Energy Convention Center’s Cincinnati sign at night.
2601 W. Eighth St., Price Hill, (513) 251-3000
In addition to the $6 admission (cash only, small bills), make sure to bring along quarters to feed the coin-operated binoculars. You won’t want to miss all the people-watching opportunities atop this 49-floor skyscraper. If you’re a member of the military looking for a day trip with the family, bring your ID and get free admission for everyone.
441 Vine St., downtown, (513) 579-9735