Ohio places to travel, trips to take, things to do summer 2021

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The travel industry plummeted last year as the world struggled with the onset of a global pandemic, one that battered the economy and prompted uncertainty for businesses reliant on tourism dollars. 

But with state parks, zoos, museums and other venues modifying COVID-19 safety restrictions and Gov. Mike DeWine announcing the ending of state health orders on June 2, there’s a rising sense of optimism for national and state travel.

Based on research fielded on April 28 by Longwoods International, a Columbus-based market research consultancy that specializes in travel and tourism, 86% of American travelers plan to take a trip within the next six months. 

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The agency also found that 53% support opening up their communities to visitors, 60% feel safe traveling outside their community and 31% are choosing a destination they can drive to as opposed to flying.