Zaha Hadid's first foray into American architecture came in the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. In this "urban carpet" street movement flows seamlessly into the building.
Art and design lovers will find it hard to resist the 21c Museum Hotel. The boutique property has contemporary art on its sidewalks and in the elevator and has an on-site museum.
Seek additional beauty at 21c's Metropole restaurant. It's found in chef Jared Bennett's seasonal cuisine, the mosaic-tiled floors, arched windows and on the rooftop terrace that offers panoramic views of the city.
Cincy's reinvigorated Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is a must-visit shopping and cultural destination. Art and technology merge here every year in the Blink festival.
The Purple People Bridge caters to walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters and is Cincy's only footbridge. It's a 20-minute trek to the neighboring Covington, Kentucky.
Cincy's parks offer five nature centers, 16 scenic overlooks and 55 miles of bike routes and were named one of the top three urban park systems in America. The Smale Riverfront Park has a labyrinth, carousel and flower garden.
Cincy is known for its green initiatives, with 66 business nominated for green awards. The Duke Energy Convention Center—one of the Midwest's largest—is a leader in sustainability and design.
Sports are a way of life in Cincy, with baseball leading the charge. Step up to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum for a look into the team's storied history.
Fountain Square is home to Cincy's trivia nights, concerts, salsa dance lessons and myriad holiday-themed events. To celebrate the end of winter—and baseball—Tyler Davidson Fountain is turned on before MLB's opening day.
Cincy's charms make it a popular movie location and those in town for filming find no shortage of high-end dining options. Among the most frequented is Boca, which has served many celebrities.
The Cincinnati Zoo is the second-oldest in the U.S. Its success with breeding—which began in 1880 with trumpeter swans and sea lions—helps endangered species thrive.
Cincy's German roots and fun-loving nature run strong. Among its favorite events is the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, when the whole town celebrates the "Running of the Wieners."
With good fun comes good food, and Holtman's Donuts is legendary. Family owned since 1960, every ingredient—the dough, icings, glazes, custards and creams—is made from scratch.
Arts and culture is vital to Cincy—it's got a symphony, ballet, opera and a Tony Award-winning regional theater. Its elegant Music Hall opened in 1898 and is the scene's convergence point.