The Ohio city is full of surprises. In addition to being the “rubber capital of the world,” it’s where the hamburger was supposedly invented, the hometown of NBA great LeBron James, and, during the 1940s and 1950s, it boasted the “jazz corridor” of the Midwest.
Visitors might want to take in Akron’s lively nighttime scene, which flourishes in its Historic Arts District, or head on over to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 11th-most-visited national park in the country. HuffPost spent some time in Cascade Plaza talking to locals and enjoying the Akronites’ kindness.
Here’s what our time in Ohio looked like: