7 great small downtowns in Ohio

The Golden Lamb is an icon of historic downtown Lebanon. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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The Golden Lamb is an icon of historic downtown Lebanon. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Ohio has a long list of small towns that are beautiful and at times feel forgotten in the midst of huge metropolitan areas throughout the state.

Many of these small towns have simple-single street downtowns that travelers pass through. Here are some of the best:

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1. Marietta has old-fashioned storefronts and hanging flowers scattering the downtown. Marietta is known for its festivals and historical spots, which led to Smithsonian Magazine including it on the Top 20 Small Towns to Visit list.

2. Kelley's Island is America's largest island on Lake Eerie and hosts things to do year-round whether indoor or outdoor. The island allows visitors to rent golf carts or bikes for easy travel along the downtown.

3. Lebanon advertises its downtown as bursting with country charm, according to USA Today. Lebanon's downtown is full of quaint antique shops and cozy bed and breakfasts that give one a relaxing experience.

4. Willoughby is a town that has grown, and one can see how it has changed over time in its architecture. Its historic downtown perfectly draws a picture of how the town has developed since 1835.

5. Granville is known for its New England-style architecture and home to Denison University. It has a beautiful downtown full of shady trees and colorful storefronts to catch the passerby's eye.

6. Cambridge doesn't have a large downtown but has an expansive history and offers a recreational activities. Due to all that it offers outdoors, Cambridge has grown to offer enjoyable amenities for nightlife and seasonal visits such as their Dickens Victorian Village.

7. Logan comes just before you enter Hocking Hills. The town advertises itself as a place to rest while travelling, and it's worth it with historic community and residential buildings and local shops.

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