Deciphering the Holiday Travel Season: Part Three

by Audry Kensicki on November 25, 2009 at 5:38 am

Nearly 12-percent of Americans will travel this holiday season.

That leaves 88-percent opting for the ever-popular staycation.

WHIZ’s Audry Kensicki takes a look at where you can go during the holidays that is right under your nose.

While some people will be traveling with standstill traffic and full airplanes, a good portion of Americans will be comfortable in their homes. And, making your staycation doesn’t have to be boring.

"It’s really important for ohioans to remember all the great places there are to visit right in our own backyard," said AAA Spokesperson Joanna Herncane.

Just one hour southwest is Hocking Hills.

"If you haven’t been to the hocking hills region, it can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many places to visit and so many
things to do and see," she said.

"There are a lot of activities, whether it is winter or summer," said AAA Store Manager Rhoda Collins. "You can do hiking in the summer or winter, it’s really a romantic stay at the log cabins there."

Or, one hour north is Amish country.

"They have amish stays as well," said Collins. "There’s a lot of great activities for all families, for all ages for everyone to get involved in.

Only 30 minutes east of Zanesville, Guernsey County offers plenty to keep you and your family busy.

"We have a lot to offer," said Joanette Haberfield, Co-Chair of the Cambridge Dicken’s Victorian Village. "We’ve put up our Dicken’s mannequins, we have all kinds of festivals, concerts and just strolling around and our courthouse lights. There are lots of activities in our downtown district."

The Guernsey County Music and Light Show boasts 25,000 lights and four shows per hour every night, all at no cost.

Just south of Cambridge is a scenic and historic train ride.

"It’s an awesome and coal mining journey that we want you to experience firsthand," said Train Narrator and Historian Steven Stolarik. "Let us paint that picture for you in your mind and share it will your family."

No matter which direction you look, there is something for everyone.