Friday, August 30, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-80 in Ohio & Indiana

English: West Beach, Indiana Dunes National La...
English: West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Portage, IN, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 80 enters Ohio east of Youngstown. After it passes through that town, I-80 switches places with I-76 and becomes the Ohio Turnpike. This switch is clearly marked by signs, but drivers should be aware of the situation. Drivers will pay a toll across all but a few miles of Ohio. This interstate joins Youngstown with the Ohio cities of North Royalton, Elyria and Toledo. I-80 then links the Indiana cities of  Elkhart, Mishawaka, South Bend, Portage and Gary. Interstate 80 joins Interstate 90 west of Cleveland and the two continue to the western state line. The two interstates remain together for all of their time in Indiana where the highway is also known as the Indiana Toll Road and the Borman Expressway.

Attractions near this highway include National McKinley Birthplace Monument, Meander Reservoir, Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lake Erie, Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Kelley's Island, Seneca Caverns, Blue Hole, Hayes Presidential Center and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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