Dayton is known as the Gem City and it's no wonder. In addition to being the birthplace of aviation (the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, lived here and perfected their design for the first practical aircraft). It is also home to one of the few multi-site National Parks in the U.S.- the Dayton Aviation Heritage Park. There's plenty to do and see in the region - the city itself or the many unique suburbs that surround.
Dayton has a humid continental climate, which means, like the rest of Ohio, sees four very distinct seasons.
Winters can vary from mild to very cold. Snowfall isn't excessive, however, it's possible and certainly not unheard of that snow can fall at a rate that will cause havoc with traffic.
Springtime is often cool, with cold and warm days sprinkled throughout the period. Storms during this period may produce tornadoes.
Summers are characteristically hot and humid. While the thermometer may read one number in the summer, it will often feel hotter due to the humidity.
Autumn in Dayton and Southwest Ohio is usually cool, but temperatures can spike as high as the 90's (°F) with a sucker punch of humidity. Storms seem to increase during this period too, which, due to the fluctuation of temperatures can produce extremely dangerous storms with the potential of producing tornadoes late into the year.
James M. Cox Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Drive (Located in the town of Vandalia), ☎ +1-(937)-454-8200, . James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY, KDAY) is in the northern part of the metropolitan area. Nonstop service is available from Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto and Washington, D.C. (IAD and DCA). Dayton is the nation's number one 90-minute air market, meaning the city can be reached in 90 minutes or less by 55 percent of the population. A surprising and very nice feature is free wifi, which can be accessed under the name of "public" in the airport. There is no public bus service going to the airport at this time.
Interstates 70 and 75, major cross-country routes, meet just north of Dayton near the airport, making Dayton easily accessible by car from almost anywhere in the region.
I-75 runs from north to south through downtown Dayton. Dayton is less than one hour from Cincinnati and about two and a half hours from Toledo on this road.
I-70 runs east to west across the northern part of the Dayton area. To the west, Indianapolis is about two hours away; to the east, Columbus is about one hour away.
I-675 is an eastern interstate by-pass for Dayton that connects with I-70 at the north end and I-75 at the south end.
U.S. 35 is another important expressway, providing access primarily from places to the east and southeast. The road has been improved to a limited-access freeway as far east as Chillicothe, making Charleston, West Virginia only 4 hours away to the south and east.
Greyhound, 111 East Fifth Street, ☎ +1-(937)-224-1608, . Ticket office and station is open daily from 5:30 - 23:30.
Travel in the region is easy by car and you can move from the urban city to the rural county in minutes. The greater dayton regional transit authority  has a number of convenient bus routes (including electric trolley bus service) within Montgomery County if that's your pleasure, but in general, travel by automobile offers the best flexibility.
National Museum of the U. S. Air Force
Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Address, ☎ +1-(937)-257-1111, . Wright Patt is a significant part of the local economy with some 23,000 employees and a reason behind most tourism, boasting the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the Wright Brothers perfected their flying skills in 1904-05. Wright Patterson is also rumored to be the resting place of a supposed UFO that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico.
National Museum of the U. S. Air Force, (Follow any highway to Col Glenn Highway, Right on Col Glenn to Wright Bros Pkwy, Turn right on WB Pkwy to Springfield Street, Turn right on Springfield to Museum Entrance. Access through Gate 28B), ☎ +1-(937)-258-1218 (fax: +1-(937)-258-3816), . Hours: Daily 9 - 17. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.. The world's largest military aviation museum with over 300 aircraft on display from the earliest days of aviation to modern prototypes. It is well maintained and interesting even for non aviation buffs. Highlights include the B-2 (stealth) bomber and mercury space capsule.Admission: Free.
Huffman Prairie Flying Field & Interpretive Center, 2380 Memorial Road (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Huffman Prairie Flying Field: Access through Gate 16A), ☎ +1-(937)-425-0008 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(937)-425-0011), . Hours: Interpretive Center: Daily: 8:30 – 17:00; Huffman Prairie Flying Field: Sun. - Tue.; Thurs. - Sat.: 8:00 – 18:00. Huffman Prairie is closed on Wednesdays. Both Huffman Prairie and the Interpretive Center are closed on major holidays. The museum is on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and therefore may be subject to unannounced and immediate closures.. Huffman Prairie is part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park which also includes the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, the Wright Cycle Company building, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial and Carillon Historical Park, which houses the original 1905 Wright Flyer III.
Museums & Galleries
Dayton City Hall
Wright Cycle Company Complex, 22 South Williams Street, ☎ +1-(937)-225-7705 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(937)-225-7706), . Hours: 8:30 – 17:00. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Wright Cycle Company complex consists of two adjoining buildings: the Hoover Block, also known as the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum, along with the Wright Cycle Company building. The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is the main visitor center for the park, and occupies the restored Hoover Block building. In 1892, the Wrights opened a bicycle repair shop in addition to their printing business. From 1895 until 1897, both businesses were located at 22 South Williams Street, “known as the Wright Cycle Company,” the fourth of five locations for their bicycle business Admission: Free.
Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, ☎ +1-(937)-223-5277 (email@example.com), . 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Thursdays and Fridays until 8:00 p.m.), 365 days per year. General admission: Free. Admission to some special exhibitions may require a fee.
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Parkway Dayton, Ohio, ☎ (937)-275-7431, . a children's museum of science with numerous exhibits.
Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Boulevard, ☎ +1-(937)-293-2841 (fax: +1-(937)-293-5798), . Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9:30 - 17:00, Sunday: Noon - 17:00. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day. Carillon Park is an outside historical museum containing original historic homes that have been moved there. It is sort of like Greenfield Village in Michigan, but smaller. It contains artifacts from NCR, the Wright Brothers, and more. Admission: Adults: $8.00, Children (3-17): $5.00, Seniors: $7.00, Members and children (Under 3): Free.
Dayton International Peace Museum, 208 West Monument Avenue (Located on the southwest corner of Monument Avenue and Wilkinson Street), ☎ +1-(937)-227-3223, . Hours: Tues. - Sat.: 10 - 17, Sun. 13:00 - 17. Closed on major holidays and on days with severe weather.. Admission: Free, but donations greatly appreciated.
Hoover Historical Center, 1875 East Maple Street N.W, inside Hoover Park. "Sweeping Changes" display, boyhood home of Hoover Company founder, William H. "Boss" Hoover. History of cleaning devices, vacuum cleaner technology, antique cleaning devices and manual cleaners from the late 1800s.
SunWatch, 2301 West River Road, ☎ 937-268-8199, . Tu - Sa 9AM - 5PM. Su 12PM - 5PM. An interpretive Indian village and archeological park.Adults $5. Children/Seniors $3.
Dayton Opera, North Main Street, ☎ +1-(937)-228-3630 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(937)-449-5068), . Tickets sales are managed by Ticket Center Stage.
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, 109 North Main Street (Performance Place at the Schuster Center), ☎ +1-(937)-228-3630 (Info@DaytonPhilharmonic.com, fax: +1-(937)-449-5068), . Tickets sales are managed by Ticket Center Stage.
Dayton Ballet, ☎ +1-(937)-228-3630 (fax: +1-(937)-449-5068), . The Ballet performs at two locations so be sure to call and find out where the performance will be held. Tickets sales are managed by Ticket Center Stage.
Human Race Theatre Company, 126 North Main Street (The Loft Theatre), ☎ +1-(937)-228-3630 (fax: +1-(937)-449-5068), .
Encore Theater Company (ETC), . ETC performs in various locations in Downtown Dayton, including: The Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center, The rooftop of the Firefly Building(123 Webster St.), The Litehouse Town Home(123 Patterson). Encore Theater Company's mission is to perform new or rarely performed works of musical theater.
Dayton Air Show, 3800 Wright Drive (North of Dayton, in the town of Vandalia), ☎ +1-(937)-898-5901 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(937)-898-5121), . The 2008 air show will be held on July 19 & 20, 2008. The US Navy Blue Angels will perform at the air show.
Greek Festival, The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North (Next to the Dayton Art Institute), ☎ Church office:+1-(937)-224-0601 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . For more info, visit 
Sports and Recreation
Heater - the Dayton Dragons' mascot
Dayton Dragons, 220 North Patterson Blvd. (Fifth Third Field), ☎ +1-(937)-228-2287 (email@example.com, fax: +1-(937)-228-2284). Box office hour: Monday - Friday: 10AM - 5PM (open until 9PM on game days), Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 4PM (closed on non game days). Dayton is also home to the Minor League Baseball Dayton Dragons, a Cincinnati Red's farm team that plays in a beautiful stadium downtown and abuts the new Riverfront development. Catch the laser light show during the summer months!
The new Riverscape is beautifully landscaped and hosts cultural events weekly during the summer. During the winter, there is an outdoor ice rink set up with skate rental available.
The Bikeway runs through downtown Dayton, following the river and offers a nice recreational activity for the family.
Southwestern College - Dayton, 111 West First Street, ☎ +1-(937)-224-0061, . Southwestern College is a computer & health care training college.
National College - Dayton, 1837 Woodman Center Drive (Located in the town of Kettering), ☎ +1-(937)-299-9450. National College is a health care training college.
Air Force Institute of Technology, 2950 Hobson Way, . Located on Wright-Pattseron Air Force Base, this is the Air Force's main technical school for graduate degrees, offering both Masters and Ph.D. courses in fields ranging from Logistics and Program Management to Aeronautical Engineering and Physics.
Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Near the I-75/I-675 interchange in Miami Township.), ☎ +1-(937)-433-9833, .
Mall at Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons (In Bevercreek), ☎ +1-(937)-427-4300, .
The Greene, 51 Plum St. Beavercreek, Ohio (Turn right from exit 10 off of I-675), ☎ (937)-490-4900, . The Greene is an up-scale dinning and shopping facility. The outdoor lifestyle center has stores and restaurants ranging from Sephora and Coldwater Creek, to The Cheesecake Factory and Bd's Mongolian Grill.
The Oregon District in downtown Dayton features bars, clubs, restaurants, and specailty shops.
Mendelson's Liquidation Outlet, 340 E. First St., . A giant industrial salvage shop
Marion's Supreme, good example of the unique preparation and small square cuts
Marion's Piazza, 3443 North Dixie Drive, ☎ 937-277-6553, . This unique and delicious style of pizza, intensely popular with the locals, has been a part of Dayton traditions for over 40 years, and is a must try for anyone visiting the area. The Dayton tradition for pizza is to cut it into a multitude of small square pieces.
House of Thai, 3230 Seajay Dr. Beavercreek (Across street from Beaver Valley Mall and Lofino), ☎ +1-(937)-429-2236, . Excellent and most authentic Thai restaurant in the Fairborn - Xenia - Beavercreek area. Traditional Pad Thai, curry dishes and lot of Thai specialties. Sushi is also available.$10-15.
Thai 9, 11 Brown Street, ☎ +1-(937)-222-3227, . Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 - 14:30; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 17:00 - 21:30, Friday - Saturday: 17:00 - 22:00. A trendy Thai restaurant on the West end of the Oregon District featuring traditional Thai specialties and sushi. Free parking.
Milano's, 1820 Brown Street, ☎ +1-(937)-222-7072, . A popular restaurant on Brown Street immediately to the West of the UD campus featuring pizza and baked subs. Mixed crowd during the day, becomes a college bar after 9. Also frequented by more affluent suburban families and professionals. Newly renovated interior features sleek, "modern" design while still being fairly warm in atmosphere.
Madison's Bistro, 5531 Far Hills Ave, ☎ +1-(937)-435-7080 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . A family owned, family run Greek/American restaurant bringing over 25 years of experience to the Dayton restaurant scene. Madison's Bistro is a member of the Dayton Independent Restaurants, a group of locally owned, independent restaurants in the Dayton area. (http://www.madisonsbistro.com/)
Canal Street Tavern, 308 East First Street, ☎ +1-(937)-461-9343, . Hole-in-the-wall bar that hosts bands and concerts. The place does not accept credit cards nor does it have an ATM so be prepared.
Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Avenue (Oregon District), ☎ +1-(937)-224-7822 (email@example.com), . On the far eastern end of the Oregon District. Serves traditional Irish food with some flair and claims to be the #1 seller of Irish whiskey in Ohio.
The Trolley Stop, 530 East Fifth Street, ☎ +1-(937)-461-1101, . Also on the far eastern end of the Oregon District. A relaxed bar featuring live local music most days of the week, with a comfortable patio outdoors and a party house available for rental.
Boston's Bistro, 7500 N Main Street, ☎ +1-937-461-1002, . Fifteen minutes north of downtown, this specialty microbrew bar offers unique hard to find beers from Stone, Bell's, etc. which can be found nowhere else in the region.
The Crowne Plaza Stars' Lounge, 33 East Fifth Street (One block west of the Oregon District in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.), ☎ +1-(937)-224-7822, . Features live jazz on weekends and cocktails.
The Fieldhouse, 1126 Brown Street, ☎ +1-(937)-461-2111. A classic college bar popular with University of Dayton. Specialty is the Fishbowl, a large concoction of assorted liquors in many flavors for sharing. Collectible pint glass refill specials on Thursday nights feature catchy slogans.
Flanagan's, 101 E Stewart, ☎ +1-(937)-228-5776. Daily 11 - 2:30. A UD bar with a more mature atmosphere frequented by students, alumni, and locals. Well known for their St. Patrick's Day party.
South Park Tavern, 1301 Wayne Ave, ☎ 937-586-9526, . A friendly neighborhood bar & pizza place (serving Pizza Factory pizzas & calzones). The staff of SPT have been expanding their service over the past year to include a large bar featuring 18 taps, many craft beers & micro-brews, a great outdoor patio space, and live music. A popular location for Historic South Park neighbors to gather on the weekends.
Bargos Grill and Tap, 1151 Brown St, ☎ (937) 449-0971. A UD bar with a ton of TVs, pool table, patio, and the best chicken tenders in the area. There is also another location in Centerville.
The Cornerstone Bar and Grill, 1001 Brown St, ☎ (937) 424-1784, . Another bar near the campus of UD. The place has plenty of good food (cheap wings on Wednesday), TVs, as well as a bunch of board games decorating the ceiling in the bar area. The nearby hospital workers and adventurous UD students can be found here at 5:30 on Saturdays and Sundays opening the bar with the earliest hours.
Comfort Inn Dayton Hotel, 9305 North Main Street (Located in the vicinity of Hara Arena.), ☎ +1-(937)-836-9400, . Heated indoor pool and continental breakfast included. $??.
Econo Lodge, 1944 Miamisburg Centerville, ☎ +1-(937)-435-1550, . Minutes away from the Convention Center and the University of Dayton. Outdoor pool and a free continental breakfast.$??.
Super 8 Miamisburg/Dayton South, 155 Monarch Lane, Miamisburg, OH 45342 (Exit #44 off I-75), ☎ 937-866-5500, . checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 noon. Clean, quiet, comfortable new beds and a free Continental Breakfast$??.
Best Western Executive Hotel, 2401 Needmore Road, +1 937 278-5711, Toll-free: +1 888 492-7141, Fax: +1 937 278-6048, .
Fairfield Inn Dayton North, 6960 Miller Lane, +1 937 898-1120, Fax: +1 937 898-0727, .
Drury Inn, 6616 Miller Lane (Butler Township), +1 937 454-5200, .
The Golden Lamb Inn, 27 S. Broadway Lebanon, OH 45036 Phone: +1.513.932.5065. Ohio's oldest operating hotel.
Caesar Creek State Park, northeast corner of Warren County, I-71 exit 45, Route 73 west, southeast of Dayton. 285 campsites, electrical hook-ups. The campground offers showers, flush toilets, pet camping, horseman's camp with 30 sites, two camper cabins, one cedar cabin, 2,830-acre lake, unlimited horsepower, boating, water skiing, five launch ramps, forty-three miles of hiking trails, men, thirty-one miles of bridle trail, horsemen's camp, five-mile mountain bike trail, 3.5 -mile novice trail, hunting, fishing, picnic areas, tables, grills, drinking water, nine picnic shelters, day lodge, a meeting room, kitchen, outdoor tables, grills, 1,300-foot beach, concession area, changing booths, nature center, naturalist programs year round, pioneer village with 15 historic buildings depicting life in early 1800s. Playground equipment, basketball court, games and sports equipment.
Cute shops abound within walking distance in historic Centerville, a nearby suburb of Dayton. It also has the largest collection of historic stone houses in the US.
Visit nearby college town Oxford, home of Public Ivy Miami University, about 45 minutes southwest.
The nearby community of Yellow Springs is highly recommended, offering a unique and eclectic downtown shopping experience and great outdoor recreation.