Get your hiking boots ready. There are lots of trails to travel, sights to see and multiple mobility options to explore as summer approaches.
Fuel up with National Doughnut Day this Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. with free donut holes from the Butler County Donut Trail at John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons. Butler County boasts 10 mom-and-pop doughnut shops worth traveling south to explore.
If you feel the need to increase your step count to work off the doughnuts, you’re in luck, with two new hiking trails in Hocking Hills State Park. Whispering Cave and Hemlock Bridge, the park’s first swinging bridge, are the newest features now open free to hikers in this state park 40 miles southeast of Columbus.
Go even farther across the state to take advantage of the many festivals and events identified online by TourismOhio.
Stay close to home for the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival firing up June 9-11 Downtown along the riverfront or visit a collection of six original artworks for the Short North Temporary Mural Series based on local testimonials for “Six in the City: Columbus,” a collection of six-word stories.
Get around greener in an electric vehicle with a little help from American Electric Power, which is offering its customers a $10,000 rebate on the Nissan Leaf as part of a promotion with Ohio dealerships, including four in Franklin County. Making the offer even more enticing is a $7,500 federal tax incentive on purchase of the $30,680 car. Check out the June issue of Columbus CEO for more about the role of electric and autonomous vehicles in the future of mobility.
However you get around this summer, track your travel for a chance to win prizes in the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge, throughout June. The project of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, COTA and car2go is intended to encourage individuals and teams to try alternative travel options.