Quick Trip to Dayton

Sometimes you just want and need to get away.  Look no further than Dayton, Ohio, the Birthplace of Aviation and So Much More for your next quick trip!  The Gem City is located at the Crossroads of America, the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75, giving you quick, easy access to Discover Dayton!  Check out some amazing things you can do in Dayton for your quick trip!


National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Gate 28B, enter on Springfield Street
Dayton, Ohio 45433

Ideal Tour Time:  3-hours to an entire day

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum and Ohio’s most visited FREE tourist attraction with over 1 million annual visitors.  You could easily spend an entire day gazing at more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid 19 acres of indoor exhibit space in four different hangars.  And, don’t miss the National Aviation Hall of Fame inside the museum!

Day Trip

Quick Trip - NMUSAF

Lunch at RiverScape MetroPark in Downtown Dayton
111 E. Monument Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45402


Ideal Tour Time:  1 Hour

After touring the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, you’ve probably worked up an appetite!  Pick up lunch at one of the many restaurants in downtown Dayton and have a picnic lunch along the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton.  See one of the world’s largest river fountains at RiverScape MetroPark and watch the kayakers and canoers navigate RiverScape River Run. 

Lunch at RiverScape

Dayton Inventors River Walk
RiverScape MetroPark
111 E. Monument Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Ideal Tour Time:  1 Hour

After lunch, take a stroll along the Dayton Inventors River Walk at RiverScape MetroPark.  You will be amazed by the many inventions that were dreamed up right here in Dayton including the Wright Flyer, the automobile car starter, the hydraulic jump fountain, the search engine, the cash register, pop-top cans, ice cube trays, and more!  See the over-sized sculptures and view the 150 brick tiles commemorating innovations from Dayton, Ohio! 

Inventors Walk

Carillon Historical Park
1000 Carillon Boulevard
Dayton, Ohio 45409

Ideal Tour Time:  2-3 Hours

A short drive away, you will find Carillon Historical Park, a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History.  You will learn about the countless ways Dayton changed the world!  Tour the Wright Brothers National Museum, the Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship, the Early Settlement Area, the Great 1913 Flood Exhibit, and more.  While you tour, you will be surrounded by gorgeous scenes of nature. 
$12 per adult (ages 18-59)  |  $10 per senior |  $8 per child (3 –17)  |  Children under 3 and Dayton History members are FREE


Carillon Brewing Company
1000 Carillon Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45409


As you wind up your tour, stroll over to Carillon Brewing Company where you will catch a glimpse into 1850s-era Dayton through the authentically prepared food and drink of the times. It is the nation’s only production brewery in a museum, and the only U.S. brewery replicating the historic brewing process.

Carillon Brewing

Spend the Night?

What a day!  We hope you have enjoyed your quick day trip to Dayton, Ohio, the Birthplace of Aviation and So Much More!  If you want to take a rest before you head back home, Dayton has exceptional hotels.  We would love to have you stay another day or two!