Last week, Google Maps added street view imagery for a whole host of cities, Cincinnati included. We're proud to be based in Cincinnati, so I'd like to show 10 of the best sights around town as seen by Google's cameras.
Click any of the images to see it in Street View and start your own "driving" tour of the city.
1. Cincinnati Union Terminal/Museum Center
I consider Cincinnati Union Terminal/Museum Center to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. It was the last of the great "union" railway terminals to be built and features stunning art deco features. Inside are a series of mosaic murals depicting the history of the area. The original concourse featured mosaics honoring prominent Cincinnati companies such as Proctor & Gamble and Baldwin Piano; when it was razed, those murals were moved to the Cincinnati airport.
2. Roebling Suspension Bridge
The Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Covington. It was designed by John Roebling, who took what he learned from this bridge and applied it to his later Brooklyn Bridge. You can see the obvious similarities in the supports of the two bridges.
3. Cincinnati Skyline from Mt. Adams
Cincinnati is set in a valley surrounded by hills. As the city grew it was quickly choked by soot and smoke from its many industries. Those who could afford to moved to the hills to get above the worst of the grime. Today these hills offer beautiful views of the city. Mt. Adams is home to a number of bars and restaurants.
4. Fountain Square
Fountain Square is the symbolic center of downtown Cincinnati. It features the Tyler Davidson Fountain, a unique fountain sculpted by German Ferdinand von Mueller. Named the Genius of Water, it symbolizes the many uses of water. You might remember it from the opening credits of WKRP in Cincinnati.
5. Music Hall
Music Hall is Cincinnati's premier classical music performance hall, but was designed from the start with a dual purpose - to house musical activities in its central auditorium and industrial exhibitions in its side wings. The industrial shows are gone, but the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra — among others — continues to use the facility. It is one of many Cincinnati buildings designed by the renowned Samuel Hannaford.
6. City Hall
City Hall is another of the iconic Samuel Hannaford designs in Cincinnati.
7. Hyde Park Square
Cincinnati's Hyde Park is a beautiful area featuring some of the city's most expensive homes. Hyde Park Square serves as its social hub. A park and fountain decorate the median of Erie Ave. and are surrounded by an eclectic array of shops and restaurants.
8. Oldest Remaining Skyline Chili - Clifton
Cincinnati is famous for its chili and no one does it better than Skyline (in terms of dollars earned, at least; suggesting otherwise to a Gold Star or Dixie Chili fan could result in black eye — or worse). Cincinnati chili is a fairly runny meat sauce based on traditional Eastern European dishes that is traditionally served over spaghetti. A "three way" is made of spaghetti topped with chili and cheese; a "four way" adds either beans or onions; a "five way" adds both.
9. Paul Brown Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000 as the new home of the Cincinnati Bengals. It holds 65,535 screaming Bengals fans. Despite their history of losing, Cincinnatians still fill the stadium each week with cheers of "Who Dey!"
10. Great American Ball Park
Great American Ballpark replaced Riverfront Stadium as the home of the Cincinnati Reds in 2003. Pete Rose is commemorated with a rose garden (get it?) marking the spot where his record-breaking hit #4,192 landed.
BONUS: Rabbit Hash General Store
Rabbit Hash isn't really part of Cincinnati, but it's nearby in Northern Kentucky. The only notable things about Rabbit Hash are the general store and the mayor — a dog named Junior.