When Itching To Get Outta Cincy, Make the Two-Hour Drive Northeast

If you’re looking for your next great road trip weekend getaway, consider heading a little over two hours north to Licking County, named for the numerous salt licks that attracted herds of deer and buffalo. Encompassing 25 towns and five cities, the county is home to Denison University, The Longaberger Company (and the world’s largest basket building), historical sites, classic theaters, museums, an array of excellent eateries and breweries, arboretums, and The Newark Earthworks—the largest Native American earthworks in the nation.

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‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning travel writer, tourism consultant and 25-year veteran of the outdoor and travel industries. He is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and formerly was the Vice President for Business Development for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Executive Director of the Family Travel Association. He has been serious about his writing since about age eight. He also runs the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers. He’s lived all over the U.S. and traveled to some 36 countries but has the most fun when he’s exploring with his wife and two daughters. An avid outdoors person, he’s happiest on a trail, on skis, or nestled into a sleeping bag. He deployed to Iraq with a U.S. Army line unit in 2005. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fodors.com, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray Every Day, Fatherly, Yahoo Travel, Family Vacation Critic, and many others. He also does periodic travel segments for the morning show of his local FOX affiliate and on American Forces Radio.

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