After reading several Backroads books on other states, I decided that it was time to discover what the series had to say and show about my home state of Ohio. Much like the other books in the series, Backroads of Ohio: Your Guide to Ohio's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures, by Miriam Carey and Ian Adams, will appeal to residents of the state of Ohio or those vacationing within its borders. For residents, this book will provide you with short, interesting trips that would appeal to every family member and give you something to do on a lazy weekend or when the children tell you that they are bored or "there's nothing to do.". For vacationers, it provides the impetus to explore more of what the state has to offer. Many of the trips could be considered off the beaten path, but ones that will give you a new appreciation for Ohio's varied historical and natural wonders.
Contents: Introduction Part I: Northwest Ohio: From Swamp to Summerland Part II: Northeast Ohio: New England's Western Edge Part III: Central Ohio: Ohio's Heartland Part IV: Southwest Ohio: The Queen City and Its Surrounds Part V: Southeast Ohio: A Little Appalachia Suggested Reading Index About the Author and Photographer
A well written guide that includes some spectacular pictures, Carey divides the state into regions and then provides the reader with some short road trips within the region. Beginning each chapter with a map of the area and detail of the specific routes, Carey provides you with interesting, fun, and unique sites to visit. The photographs enhance the outstanding writing, bringing each trip to life. Interspersed within the chapters, you will find more detailed history of specific people, places, and things. Unlike some of the books in the series, this book seems to provide the reader with more historical perspective. This is not a bad thing, it provides the reader with much needed context for many of the sights and routes. Further, it provides some wonderful background on the selection of certain stops, enhancing not only the readers enjoyment but the visitors.
This is an excellent book, whether you are a native of Ohio or just visiting. For the native, Carey provides you with exceptional day trips through the state. For the vacationer, she describes sights that will add to your enjoyment. I am certain that by following in Carey's footsteps, you will be rewarded with an exceptionally good time in Ohio. Even if you never visit any of the destinations in this book, simply reading it will provide you with a new appreciation for the Buckeye State. And Ian Adams' photography is breathtakingly beautiful. I don't thnk that Ohio has ever looked as good as through the lens of Ian Adams. One of the better travel books on the state of Ohio, Backroads of Ohio: Your Guide to Ohio's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures will provide exceptional destinations, sights, and experiences within the state. If I have a criticism, it is that this book needs to be updated to the format used in the newer books in the series, but that should not detract from the wonderful adventures, and photographs, provided in this book.