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Dayton Travel Guide: 274 reviews and 800 photos

Dayton is a city of about 165,000 people in southwestern Ohio, not too far from Cincinnati. Much of Dayton's history and commerce has centered on the aviation industry which got it start here in the Wright Brothers hometown in 1904 and continued with the development of massive Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The city was founded in 1796, incorporated in 1810, and named after signer of the US Constitution Jonathan Dayton (though he never set foot in the city, Dayton received his name because he once owned some 250,000 acres here).

National Cash Register, headquartered in Dayton since the 1880s, announced in 2009 it was moving out of the state. Events like this cause Forbes to name Dayton, along with Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo on a list of America's fastest dying cities. The largest local employers today are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (some 25,000 employees), Premier Health Partners (14,000), Kettering Health Network (8,000), and Wright State University (3,000).

The area's major attractions include the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. There are also several historic neighborhoods, most notably the Oregon District.

  • Last visit to Dayton: Nov 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 7, 2009
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    Dec 28, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Wow, I just added Dayton too, but have not added tips yet. You have added so many wonderful things to see and do. Great restaurant tips! Oh so sad, I really admired Erma Bombeck, she had a way to always make me smile. Excellent page Joe!

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    Dec 7, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Wow, you covered Dayton fast. :)

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