When it comes to travel, a common misconception is that it takes a blockbuster trip to deliver a rewarding experience. True, Patagonia, Bora Bora and the Canadian Rockies are spectacular, but a trip to any of those requires a lot of effort, not to mention a lot of money.

Sometimes, we’re just in the mood for a nice getaway — one that doesn’t take too much advance planning and doesn’t put a substantial dent in the bank balance. Cincinnati, a little more than an hour’s drive from Lexington, offers great value for a reasonable price.

If you haven’t been to the Queen City and its environs lately, you may be surprised. Old favorites have new twists: Kings Island Amusement Park has two new family-friendly rides — Snoopy’s Space Buggies and Woodstock Gliders, based on the popular cartoon characters; the Cincinnati Zoo has added a meerkat manor to its Africa exhibit, and the Newport Aquarium recently introduced North America’s first Shark Bridge, a 100-foot rope bridge suspended above a 385,000-gallon shark tank.  Read more.

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