#FHroadtrip Dayton

We're getting out of the office - and touring Ohio - with our #FHroadtrip travel series. Tag along as we explore what there is to see, do and eat across the great state of Ohio!Sometimes the best way to explore a city is with someone who calls it home. I was lucky enough to learn about Dayton, Ohio from my boyfriend, Logan, who is originally from Oakwood-a suburb south of the city. During my past four years at Ohio State, we've traveled to Dayton for many long weekends and holidays. I'm excited to share some of my favorite spots and experiences!What to Dodayton1.pngDid you know that Dayton is home to the world's first buildbar? You may be asking what that even means. Welcome to Proto BuildBar - part 3D printing lab, part electronic maker space and part caf©. You can choose from a variety of electronic kits to put together on your own or with the help of Proto's staff. There are activities for all ages, skills and interest levels. Logan and I built a circuit with his little sister that can turn off any TV. (We probably had a little too much fun playing pranks with this later on.)The 3D printers are popular with children because they can design and print all sorts of small items ranging from Abraham Lincoln's head to a dog riding a skateboard. I didn't get a chance to try any food, but the bar had a great selection of local beer and fun, maker-theme cocktails.What to Seedayton2.pngDuring my last visit to "The Dome," as many locals call Oakwood, Logan's family and I visited the Dayton Art Institute. Fun fact: One of the museum's founding patrons was Orville Wright, also one of Oakwood's earliest residents. Pretty cool.The architectural beauty of the building, which is listed on the dayton3.pngNational Register of Historic Places, blew me away. Once inside, we spent hours marveling at the variety of work preserved at the Dayton Art Institute. I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the collections that span 5,000 years of art history, including Oceanic, Asian, European, and American fine and decorative art. My favorite piece was an original Andy Warhol painting, shown right.Where to EatIn Dayton's oldest neighborhood, the Oregon Arts District, there's no shortage of locally-owned shops, galleries and restaurants. By far, my favorite place to eat in Dayton is Thai 9 Restaurant. The restaurant specializes in-you guessed it-Thai food, as well as sushi and sashimi. Logan swears their curry is the best he's ever had, and he tries a new kind every time he goes.dayton4.pngLike the Dayton Art Institute, Thai 9 is located in a building that manages to be historically charming on the outside while feeling modern and clean on the inside. The restaurant is complete with a bar and two outdoor patios. On a warm summer night in Dayton, there are few things I'd rather do than eat a boat full of sushi on Thai 9's patio.These places are only a few of the gems to see and explore in Dayton. What I love most about the city is the way it combines rich history with modern lifestyle. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.I can't wait to see where our #FHroadtrip adventure will take us next. We'd love to hear about your favorite Ohio getaways in the comments below or on Facebook - we're open to ideas for our next stop!