Ohio’s Ultimate Bucket List Items

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April 24 is National Bucket List Day. You’re excused if you haven’t heard of it. The day was created just last year by Cindy Rhodes, who owns a travel agency and helps clients cross an item or two off their list of must-see places or must-do activities before their time is up.

NFL and college football are more than four months away, so BetOhio.com, your source for the latest Ohio sports betting and gaming news, wanted to know what Ohioans had on their bucket lists. We got the top items off BucketList.net, then crossed them with Google Trends data to see which ones ranked highest among Buckeye Staters. Here is the list:

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Ohio’s Top Bucket List Items

Rank Item Search Interest Score
1 Visit the Grand Canyon 41
2 Get Married 37
3 Go SCUBA Diving 25
4 Go to Paris 22
5 Go Ziplining 19
6 Buy a House 14
7 Run a Marathon 13
8 Get a Tattoo 6
9 Learn to Surf 3
10 Go Skydiving 1

Our search ranged from April 15, 2004, to April 15, 2024. The search interest score is a value between 0 to 100, with 100 equaling peak popularity and 50 meaning it’s half as popular.

Ohioans Want To Get Away

Ohioans rated travel-related adventures highly, with a trip to the Grand Canyon the most popular, according to our research compiled from bucketlist.net. The iconic national park in Arizona is roughly 1,900 miles from Columbus. Driving to it takes at least a couple of days, so if you go, plan accordingly and maybe include a few other stops along the way.

Another popular destination is Paris. Visiting the French capital was fourth overall. Delta Airlines offers direct flights to the City of Lights from Cincinnati’s airport, which is located in Northern Kentucky.

Ohioans also want to take part in water activities, as learning to SCUBA dive and surf ranked third and ninth, respectively. Ohio has more than 300 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie, but Ohioans will likely need to travel to either coast or abroad to scratch those off their lists. No need to search for the best Ohio sportsbook promos, though; we have them here at BetOhio.com.

Seeking Adventure In Ohio

We learned that Ohio residents also crave adventure, as ziplining and skydiving came in fifth and 10th, respectively. We found several places within the state to do either, so accomplishing these could require only a day trip.

Some people want to scratch something off their list by getting some ink on themselves. Getting a tattoo ranked eighth in Ohio’s list. For those in northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Bucket List website offers a list of parlors its readers recommend. And it’s never too early to check out the Cleveland Browns schedule 2024 for the upcoming NFL season.

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Great Places To Get Hitched, Buy A House

While some seek adventure, others just want to settle down. Getting married ranked second among Ohioans, and the state includes several spectacular places for couples to hold their big day. The View at Mount Adams near Downtown Cincinnati or The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue in Glenmont, roughly halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, are popular options.

Buying a house also resonates with many people in the state and, according to Realtor.com, Toledo is the No. 1 housing market for 2024. The site expects home sales in the northwest Ohio metro to rise by 14% this year and anticipates the median price for existing homes to increase by 8.3% this year.

Marathoners Have Options In Ohio

For athletes, running a marathon ranked seventh on our list, and several races are coming up across the state for people to fulfill that goal. Coming up this weekend is the Glass City Marathon in Toledo. Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon takes place May 5, and the Cleveland Marathon is May 19. The Air Force Marathon will be held Sept. 2 in Dayton and the Columbus Marathon is Oct.20. All of those races are qualifiers for next year’s Boston Marathon.

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Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.

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