Cincinnati, with a city population of 330,000 and a metro area of over one million, is built on a series of hills overlooking the Ohio River. At the intersection of the Miami and Ohio Rivers and the Erie Canal it was an important transit location in the 1800s. During the Civil War Cincinnati was at the border of the North and the South. Cincinnati has a lot of parks and green areas and serves as the center of a metropolitan area that includes the city, many Ohio suburbs and the Kentucky suburbs. Visitors and locals with dogs will find a lot to do in the Cincinnati area.
There are many dog-friendly hotels in the Cincinnati area. You will find a pet-friendly hotel from most of the major hotel chains in the area. The Best Western Clermont, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Eastgate and the Drury Inn & Suites Cincinnati North are three dog-friendly hotels. DogFriendly.com's directory has a number of others. Across the river in Kentucky, the Hilton Cincinnati Airport, Country Hearth Inn in Erlanger and the La Quinta Cincinnati Airport are three pet-friendly hotels. If you are looking to stay in the Cincinnati area for a while there are pet-friendly Residence Inn, Extended Stay America and other suite hotels with more space and private kitchens for you and your dog.
The Cincinnati area has a number of excellent dog-friendly shopping centers. The Deerfield Towne Center offers over 50 brand name stores and specialty boutiques. In Kentucky, the Mainstasse Village Shopping District is very walkable and offers a walking tour in addition to shopping. The Crestview Hills Town Center in Kentucky has a variety of boutique shops, large chain stores and more. For a dog-friendly restaurant try the Lucky Dog Grill at 729 Reading Road in Mason Ohio. This restaurant specializes in "Wings", burgers and sandwiches and offers your dog their own "doggy menu" as well on the patio. Other dog-friendly seasonal restaurants include Molly Malone's, The Firehouse Grill and Arlin's Bar & Restaurant. For other dog-friendly restaurants see DogFriendly.com's directory.
When in Cincinnati you can take your leashed dog to visit the Cincinnati Nature Center which spans 1,025 acres. They offer 16 miles of hiking trails. The Winthrow Nature Preserve has 270 acres and a 1.7 mile nature trail. Between May and October you can visit the Northside Farmers' Market with your leashed dog. For a guided carriage tour you and your dog can ride Elegeant Carriages in Cincinnati, Newport and Covington. The Cincinnati area has many fenced off-leash dog parks in Cincinnati and various surrounding towns in both Ohio and Kentucky. The Lunkin Airport Bike Path is a 5 mile paved loop for jogging, walking or biking. Your leashed dog is welcome. Shawnee Lookout Park offers 1,156 acres and has 1 to 2 mile hiking trails and good overlooks to the river.
Nearby places to visit with your dog are Indianapolis, Columbus and Hocking Hills.