Akron sites highlighted in Ohio travel book
‘One Tank Trip’ host
Neil Zurcher puts
best into print
By Kathleen Folkerth
GREATER AKRON — Neil Zurcher’s perfect day in Akron would consist of a tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, a hike at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and catching an Aeros game at Canal Park, with lunch at Swenson’s Drive-In and a stop at Strickland’s Frozen Custard for a treat.
Those are among the places mentioned by Northeast Ohio travel writer Zurcher in his new book, “Ohio Road Trips,” in which Zurcher has laid out 52 trips to all parts of the state.
In addition to those named above, Zurcher lists the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Akron Police Department Historical Museum, the Carousel Dinner Theatre and the Crowne Plaza Quaker Square Hotel as area highlights in his chapter on “Akron Favorites.”
In another chapter, he notes the Kendall Lake Winter Sports Center in Boston Township and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, based in Peninsula.
Zurcher, who was the host of
“One Tank Trips” on Cleveland’s WJW-TV
(later FOX 8) for 25 years, said he took the best destinations
in the state and packaged them together into 52 destinations
for the book.
Each chapter features Zurcher’s
picks for the best attractions, lodging and dining in
The Bay Village resident said
he never expected gas prices to hit $3 a gallon when
he came up with the idea for his show many years ago.
The increase in gas prices has made travel within the
state more attractive, he said.
“This was a great time
to bring out a book about one-tank trips,” he
When asked to elaborate on some
of his favorite Akron destinations, he mentioned some
that aren’t in the new book.
“The MAPS Air Museum is
one of the great secrets of Ohio,” Zurcher said.
“It’s one of the finest museums in the state,
second only to the National Museum of the United States
Air Force [in Dayton].
They really do have some great stuff.”
He said the museum, which is
located in Green, has a large Russian jet that kids
can climb into as well as a genuine Goodyear blimp gondola.
“It’s an untold secret,”
Zurcher said. “They really are doing a great job.”
He also loves the Akron Civic
Theatre and Quaker Square.
He said he thinks local metropolitan
park systems, such as Metro Parks, Serving Summit County,
are big assets to the state. Their free admission is
a bargain, too, he said.
For holiday shopping and festivities,
he suggests bypassing the malls and looking at Ohio’s
“Wooster comes to mind,”
he said. “They’ve got all their windows
with animated figures and
programs every night with carolers in the street.”
He also said the state is full
of presidential sites that are fascinating.
“We have more presidential
sites in Ohio than any place in the nation, outside
of Virginia or D.C.,” he said. “We’ve
got the McKinley Monument in Canton, which is really
Since the release of his new
book this year, Zurcher has made many public appearances
to sign the book. His next stop in the area will be
at the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
“Ohio Road Trips”
is published by Gray & Co. and is available at local
bookstores for $13.95.
Neil Zurcher highlights several Akron area locations in his new book, “Ohio Road Trips.”
of Gray & Co. Publishers