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Akron, Ohio, is the county seat of Summit County and acts as the namesake of the Akron Destination. The territory is home to cities other than Akron, including Ashland, Loudonville, Canton, Youngstown, Medina, and the largest city within the destination, Cleveland. The word "Akron" is a derivative of a Greek word meaning "summit," and the city's metropolitan area is home to roughly 700,000 people. Akron is known for being the colloquial "Rubber Capital of the World" due to the many rubber companies that took up residence in the region. The Goodrich Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and General Tire are a few examples of such establishments. Akron's average annual temperatures range from 20 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, though it is not uncommon for that range to expand out from 4 degrees to 89 degrees, respectively. For warm-weather activities—including the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National park—it is recommended that tourists visit between mid-June and mid-September. It is possible to experience snow between December and March, though typically only 2.8 inches of snow falls per month during that time.
The Akron Destination is named for the [largest] city that lies within its borders. Akron, Ohio, is the county seat of Summit County and is the fifth-largest town in the state. "Akron" is derived from an Ancient Greek word "ἄκρον," which means "summit" or "high point." An estimated 190,000 people live in the city proper, though when accounting for the surrounding metropolitan area, that population rises up to roughly 700,000 residents. Akron's historical roots are linked with the manufacturing of rubber, and more specifically, tires. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is one of the largest tire companies that operates in Akron in modern times, directly inspiring one of the nicknames for the city: the "Rubber Capital of the World."
The largest city within Akron Destination's borders is Cleveland, located on the shores of Lake Erie. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Orchestra, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and Cleveland Botanical Garden are only a few of the numerous attractions listed as "the greatest hits" by Destination Cleveland. Concerning nature outdoor areas, Lake Erie serves as another point of interest. Reportedly, during the summer, various events with live music take place on the lake's beaches. There are also kayak, paddleboat, and jet ski rentals for guests' convenience.
Though Akron is overshadowed in both size and population by the metropolitan area of Greater Cleveland to the north, its downtown is still home to a number of attractions, many of which are free. The Downtown Akron Partnership lists a few examples of "free things to do in downtown Akron," such as the Akron Art Museum, Lock 4, and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. If visitors are willing to spend a small attraction fee ($10 or less), the number of potential activities expands to include the National Museum of Psychology, the Hower House, the Akron Children's Museum, and the Nightlight Cinema. A sizeable proportion of these activities are described by the Downtown Akron Partnership to be friendly for "families," "children," and "people of all ages."
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the most prominent outdoor attractions in the Akron Destination, acting as a buffer between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. The park is comprised of approximately 32,000 acres, which were designated initially as a National Recreation Area in 1974. It wouldn't be until the year 2000 that the land would be redesignated as a national park, making it the only national park that was previously a "national recreation area." Attractions that can be found within the park include the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which spans nearly 21 miles; multiple visitor centers such as Canal Exploration Center and Boston Store; and the Summit County trail, which passes through Akron and further south for almost 70 miles. Millions of people have been reported to visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park annually, with the most recent data in 2020 indicating that 2.7 million tourists passed through the park during that year.
Apart from Akron itself, the Akron Destination is home to a number of communities and other features. Ashland, Mansfield, Canton, Boardman, and Youngstown can be found within the territory, in addition to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. [Though not part of the Akron Destination, Cleveland is a short distance to the north of the region.] Additionally, Cleveland is found in the northern part of the region. Interstates such as I-71, I-76, and I-77 connect many of the major cities within the Akron Destination, with the latter road acting as a direct path into Cleveland.
Ohio as a whole is described as "a relatively flat state," though it is also noted that it is "not made up entirely of plains." Forests, river valleys, and relatively small hills all constitute the Akron Destination in some part, all of which act as habitats for a number of wildlife species. Animals that sit at the "top of the food chain" in the state are black bears and coyotes. Squirrels, mice, raccoons, and white-tailed deer are other examples of mammals that can be found in the Akron area, the latter of which is the Ohio state mammal. Given the forests and other natural features in the territory, local flora is relatively diverse. White wood aster, bee balm, wild geranium, butterfly weed, and savanna blazing star are plants that are described to "thrive in a northeast Ohio climate." Some people select these types of species for their "Akron, Ohio, garden," given their broad range of colors.
Median temperatures in the Akron Destination fluctuate a decent amount over the course of a year. In the winter months—spanning from December to February—the average temperature is generally between 20 and 34 degrees Fahrenheit, though it is not uncommon for the low on a given day to approach 4 degrees. During the summer—from approximately the end of May to mid-September—temperatures typically lie between 65 and 82 degrees, with occasional highs that stretch up to 89 degrees instead. May and June are the rainiest months of the year, with an average of 11.2 "rainy days." June has a slightly higher average rainfall of 3.3 inches (compared to 3.0 inches in May). Akron, Ohio, is far enough north that it does have the potential to experience snow between December and March. Such snowfall is relatively mild, with an average of 2.8 inches per month during that time.
The Akron Destination has a moderately recent history, especially in comparison to other regions of the United States. Akron itself was established in 1825, and within 16 years (in 1841), it became the county seat of Summit County. Some of the early residents of the town were Irish, who were gradually employed to build the Ohio and Erie Canal nearby. This canal was completed in 1827 and soon became a contributing factor to the city's economy. Textile establishments, mills, and furnaces started coming into existence soon thereafter.
Two notably large companies sprang up in Akron during the 1800s: the B.F. Goodrich Company and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Both businesses manufactured rubber and tires, which saw an increase in demand following the commencement of the age of automobiles. Goodyear eventually pursued the zeppelin industry, leading to its involvement in blimp manufacturing in modern times.
Due to the high quantity of rubber fabrication taking place in the Akron territory, the city was nicknamed "The Rubber Capital of the World." Goodrich and Goodyear would be joined by subsequent companies in the early 1900s, such as Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, along with General Tire. The industry continued to flourish throughout the 1950s-60s as automobiles experienced a second surge of popularity in the region.
By the year 2000, the Akron area was home to roughly 200,000 people. Following the results of September 11th, 2001, the city and other surrounding communities put together the Fire Truck Fund. This event ended up raising 1.39 million dollars, which was put toward purchasing additional emergency vehicles for the New York City Fire Department. One of the most recent historical achievements for the Akron Destination was the naming of Akron as an "All-American City" by the National Civic League.
A few relatively famous people have emerged from Akron or nearby areas. Some examples of musicians are Chrissie Hynde, the group Ruby and the Romantics, and James Ingram. Melina Kanakaredes (an actress) and Angie Everhart (a model) were both residents of Akron as well.
Located in the northeastern region of Ohio, Country Acres Campground occupies 41 acres of land. Presently under the ownership of Anthony, the campground is situated on the outskirts of Ravenna in a rural and wooded setting. Visitors can experience daily, weekly, or monthly stays in one of the campground's RV sites, tent spaces, or cabins. A particularly unique feature of the premises is the five-acre lake where people can engage in fishing. The campground also has an on-site store that sells basic camping supplies and snacks. Beyond the premises, people can visit some of Ohio's prominent cities, namely Akron, Cleveland, and Youngstown. For those who take an interest in outdoor recreation, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and West Branch State Park are in relatively close proximity to the campground....Read More
Hidden Lakes Family Campground is located in Montville, Ohio, an unincorporated community in Geauga County. The area is surrounded by forests, with its operational season ranging from April to October. The campground is on 75 acres of land and has been in operation for over twenty years. Recently, the management was changed, the campground being bought by Jason Graczyk. As such, many parts of the property have also changed, including the environment given off by the guests staying at the campground. Jason strives to keep the campground safe, clean, and quiet. He also tries to bring excitement to his camp by offering entertaining education about survival and the environment to his guests and by promoting the many local fairs that occur throughout the year....Read More
Currently under the ownership of Debbie Philabaun, Philabauns Hidden Cove Resort has 175 RV sites and 6 cabins available for guests to occupy from April to mid-October. Debbie has the goal of creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere, as she makes an effort to be available for her patrons if they have any questions or concerns. She can also give recommendations for attractions and restaurants to visit in the general area. According to Debbie, outdoor recreation is one of the most popularly engaged-in pastimes in Deerfield, especially considering that Philabauns Hidden Cove Resort neighbors Berlin Lake. Fishing, swimming, and boating are some of the lake activities that visitors tend to undertake during their stay. There are also a few trails for walking or biking that wind throughout the vicinity....Read More
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park has 200 RV sites—70 of which are seasonal—and 17 lodging accommodations that visitors can reserve. During patrons' stay at the campground, an array of on-site activities are provided for people to undertake. The park is primarily known for its sizable swimming pool that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Themed weekends are held every week throughout the summer as well as crafts and activities for a younger demographic. The park also offers 15 rental golf carts, which tend to be fairly popular among campers. Although Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park is considered a destination for visitors, the local area that surrounds the park also features a few shopping districts and restaurants that draw a number of people to Hartville and North Canton....Read More