If you’re into planes, this is the place for you. The Wright Brothers were from Dayton and the city is very proud of that, as is evidenced by the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Carillon Historical Park (where a genuine Wright Brothers plane lives) and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
Dayton is located on the banks of the Great Miami River, between the major cities of Columbus and Indianapolis. It’s a slightly older city, with the median age of residents being 40, but if you’re looking for love, you are in luck. A whopping 40 percent of Dayton residents are single. It’s also a great place to live if you like saving money. This affordable city boasts a median home sales price of $115,950 and a median monthly rent of only $825.
Young professionals should shop around Oregon Historic District. This quaint neighborhood with brick streets and beautiful 19th century homes is Dayton’s oldest neighborhood. It’s perfect for someone looking for a bit of urban life as it’s a walkable area full of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, art galleries, book stores and vintage shopping on East Fifth Street. Downtown Dayton is another good choice. The area is full of apartments to rent, and is just steps from nightlife, art galleries and shopping — and it’s where many of the city’s annual festivals take place. Families or those looking to buy single-family homes will want to check out the suburbs of Kettering and Englewood.
Dayton folk love their beer. The city is home to numerous craft and microbreweries, including the popular Warped Wing Brewing Co. In the summer, AleFest takes over the the Dayton Convention Center downtown. Revelers sample hundreds of local beers from the Miami Valley as well as tons of local food. And speaking of food, when you’re in Dayton you have to try the city’s local chocolate from Esther Price — the company's chocolate recipe dates back to the 1920s. Beer isn’t the only excuse Dayton uses to host a celebration. There are tons of annual festivals and events, including the Celtic Festival, Art in the City, GermanFest Picnic, Dayton Jazz Festival and Dayton Pride Parade and Festival. Another thing Dayton is passionate about: the city's beloved University of Dayton Flyers basketball team.
If you like spending time outdoors, head to the city’s many parks and bike trails. The 2nd Street Market is an open-air market in Five Rivers Metroparks where you’ll find local vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods and more. But beware, the weather in Dayton is a bit extreme; expect bitter cold and snow in the winter and hot and muggy summer days.
Other sights to check out: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and Dayton Art Institute.