Sunset over the Ohio river with the Cincinnati and BB Riverboat

Wow! We were picked by WalletHub as a better place to travel than Nashville, NYC, San Antonio, Atlanta, and many other fun destinations.  Excuse us while we preen a little and maybe do a little happy dance.

A ballerina in white dancing on Newport on the Levee with the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio river in the background

The Cincinnati OH, KY, IN Region is Affordable, Safe, and Full of Fun Things to Do!

The methodology used by WalletHub created the list by comparing the 100 most populous metro regions in the following areas: “1) Travel Costs & Hassles, 2) Local Costs, 3) Attractions, 4) Weather, 5) Activities and 6) Safety.”

For the first category—Travel Costs and Hassles— the Cincinnati, NKY and Indiana region landed as the third best for most affordable and easiest to travel to! Big shoutout thank you to CVG, the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky International Airport for being so awesome and consistently offering the lowest fares in the region. 

Inside the CVG Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky International Airport

We were also ranked highly for safety, (24) and determined to be the 15th best travel destination for things to do!

The famous Fiona the Hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo

Here at meetNKY, the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau, we already knew our destination is packed with great attractions, like the Number 1 Zoo in the U.S. and the Number 6 Aquarium,

Newport Aquarium Shark Theater

as well as a host of lesser known but equally rewarding things to do,

photo of family with kids touring the american sign museum in cincinnati ohio standing in front of a vintage mcdonalds hamburgers sign American Sign Museum


A wall of ventriloquist dummies at Vent Haven Museum

Vent Haven Museum - The World's Only Ventriloquism Museum


Big Bone Lick State Park

Big Bone Lick State Park - Home to Bison and the "Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology"

but it’s gratifying to see word getting out!

Considering we were also named this year as a great travel destination for foodies, plus home of the “Best Restaurant City in America”,

A collage of the 9 restaurants named in Covington, KY, making it the Best Restaurant City in AmericaLeft to Right from top left, Anchor Grill, Agave & Rye, Rich's Proper Food and Drink, Libby's Southern Comfort, Coppin's at the Hotel Covington, Otto's, Wunderbar, DelGardo's, and The Gruff


Maybe it’s time for you to plan a vacation or weekend getaway to the Cincinnati OH, KY, IN region?

See the full WalletHub article and data here.