When a Midwestern city entices you with claims of a rich heritage and wealth of historic landmarks, it generally promises the elegant architecture of 19th-century civic buildings or the gingerbread charm of Victorian mansions. As a wise wanderer who has beheld the prehistoric wonder of Stonehenge, seen the 2,000-plus years of history etched into the Great Wall of China, and stood in the same stands as ancient Roman audiences at the Colosseum, you know that our domestic historic treasures are mere youths in their lineage. Yet there are some notable exceptions to this generalization, one of which—the nearby Hopewell Culture National Historic Park—is within easy reach of hotels near Chillicothe, OH. The park, a respectful showcase of the extant vestiges of a 2,000 year-old Native American culture, calls you to appreciate the deepest roots of our own society.
Select at one of the delightful hotels in Chillicothe as the base for your visit to the region and prepare to walk further back down the timeline of local history than you ever imagined. At the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, behold lush green lawns whose dimensions are astonishingly distorted by huge rounded mounds and geometric earthworks. Plenty of provided information about their ancient construction will satisfy your inner scholar, yet with so much yet to be discovered about these sacred sites, your mind will depart filled with mysteries to forever pique your imagination. The Hopewell people’s trade routes spanned the country from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast—a feat surely motivated by wanderlust as well as mercurial needs. Yes, like you they were wise wanderers too. As you continue to explore this remarkable region, taking Chillicothe rental cars to Cincinnati or beyond, know you're following a path trodden by your predecessors for millennia. Be glad that you get to do so while enjoying the contemporary comforts of the best hotels in Cincinnati.
Ready to walk in our nation's most ancient footsteps? Book Chillicothe hotels using the Travelocity app and prepare to shift your impressions of American history back by a few thousand years.