Travel Guide & Transportation for Dayton, Ohio
Information on flying to Dayton, Ohio and surrounding airports, airport shuttles and taxis, car rentals, and more.
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Attendees will receive complimentary Link passes – Dayton’s bike share program
Link is Dayton’s bike share program that includes 24 stations throughout greater downtown, including the convention center, Oregon District, Dayton Art Institute, and RiverScape MetroPark (location of the Trails Rock Party).
Dayton is a remarkably walkable and bike-able city, with its myriad attractions and assets easy to access with a variety of forms of transportation. Dining, drinks, entertainment, and arts and culture destinations are a short walk or bike ride from the convention center. Dayton is a bronze-level Bike Friendly City and currently on its way to achieving a silver-level designation. Read more about Link Bike Share...
Visit the Hotel Accommodations page for the host hotels offering discounts to Symposium attendees.
To receive the discounted rate, attendees must identify themselves as an attendee with the “American Trails International Trails Symposium” when making their reservation.
For air travelers, Dayton International Airport offers direct flights from many of the country’s major hubs on American, American Eagle, Delta, Southwest, United, and United Express. Current nonstop services to Dayton include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York (LaGuardia), Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and Reagan).
The airport has a variety of ground transportation options. Downtown is nine miles away, a 15-minute ride in a complimentary shuttle to the Crowne Plaza Dayton, taxi, or Uber.
Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) serves the airport and RTA will provide Symposium participants complimentary bus passes. There is a bus stop at the convention center, and the transit hub is a block and a half away. For visitors not attending the Symposium, day passes are $5 and weekly passes at $19. See RTA's convenient online trip planner...
If traveling by car, Dayton is easy to reach for a tremendous number of people. Sixty percent of the American population lives within 500 miles of Dayton, Ohio, and 14 million people live within 150 miles of Dayton. Interstates 70 and 75, two of the nation’s most traveled freeways that bisect the country in both directions, intersect just 10 minutes north of downtown Dayton. Once Symposium participants arrive, none of the attractions listed below are more than a 15-minute drive from the Dayton Convention Center.
While both host hotels provide complimentary shuttles to and from the airport, both provide ample parking for their guests.
The Dayton International Airport is remarkably convenient and has excellent ground transportation options.
Distances to Dayton
Dayton, Ohio is easy to get to. Situated at the crossroads of America, you are likely to pass through Dayton somewhere along the way.
• 1-3 hours
- Cincinnati, OH 51 minutes
- Columbus, OH 1 hour 15 minutes
- Indianapolis, IN 1 hour 52 minutes
- Lexington, KY 2 hours 12 minutes
- Louisville, KY 2 hours 33 minutes
- Detroit, MI 3 hours 21 minutes
- Cleveland, OH 3 hours 27 minutes
- Charleston, WV 3 hours 29 minutes
• 4-6 hours
- Pittsburgh, PA 4 hours 14 minutes
- Evansville, IN 4 hours 20 minutes
- Knoxville, TN 4 hours 38 minutes
- Chicago, IL 4 hours 45 minutes
- Nashville, TN 5 hours 11 minutes
- London, ON 5 hours 32 minutes
- St Louis, MO 5 hours 38 minutes
- Kitchener, ON 6 hours 29 minutes
- Davenport, IA 6 hours 45 minutes
Air City Yellow Taxi – (937) 254-1100
All American Taxi – (937) 610-0202
All-USA Taxi – (937) 567-1111
Clean Cab – (937) 242-8779
Dayton Express – (937) 226-9999
Diamond Taxi – (937) 227-1000
ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES TO VISIT IN DAYTON, OHIO
- The National Museum of the United States Air Force, the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, displays the nation’s military heritage in aviation at its birthplace. Features include an IMAX theater and more than 360 aircraft and missiles, including Wright Brothers artifacts, stealth aircraft, and the plane where Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president after the Kennedy assassination. The museum draws more than 1.3 million visitors a year. Attendees will have the chance to visit the museum prior to the Trails Rock Party (more details to come). While transportation will be provided to the museum, it is located along a bike trail, a beautiful four-mile ride along the Mad River from downtown Dayton.
- Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park celebrates that arts and innovation in Dayton began together with the Wright Brothers and their high school pal and business partner, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar rose from being the son of former slaves to the first African American welcomed into the American literary canon. The park offers five National Historic Landmarks and a National Register Historic District, all within a few miles of the convention center and easily accessible via the bike trails, including a pastoral trail experience through the Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the Wright Brothers learned to fly in 1904 and 1905.
- The Schuster Performing Arts Center headlines Dayton’s performing arts scene centered just three blocks from the convention center. This world-class theater features stunning architecture, including a domed ceiling where concentric circles of fiber optic lights depict the Dayton sky as it appeared on the eve of the Wright Brothers’ first flight on Dec. 16, 1903. Across the street are the Victoria Theatre and the Loft Theatre, featuring Dayton’s home-grown company, the Human Race. Two local theater companies also are easily accessible: the Dayton Theatre Guild is a five-block walk from the convention center and the Dayton Playhouse is a four mile ride on the bike trails along the Great Miami and Stillwater rivers.
- A striking example of 16th century Italian Renaissance architecture, the Dayton Art Institute sits above the Great Miami River overlooking downtown Dayton. The Art Institute has been touted as the third best art museum in the country for children by Child Magazine. The museum’s collection spans 5,000 years of art history and features important oceanic art, Asian art, and American fine and decorative art collections. The Art Institute also hosts concerts and social events, and the Gothic Cloister. Like so many of Dayton’s attractions, the Art Institute is a short Link Bike Share bicycle ride or walk across the river from the convention center.
- In 1995, Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosted the Bosnian Peace Accords, which resulted in the treaty that ended the four-year war that came about from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. From that legacy has sprung the Dayton Peace Museum in downtown, a short walk or bike ride to the convention center. The Peace Accords legacy also has fostered a strong, active relationship with one of five of Dayton’s sister cities, Sarajevo, in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is an international prize awarded annually to the world’s top writers as the only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace.
- Carillon Historical Park, also on the bike trail just three miles from downtown along the Great Miami River, is a 65-acre campus featuring 30 buildings, hundreds of artifacts (including the first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer) and The Carillon Brewing Co. Carillon Park displays the stories of Dayton’s rich heritage from its founding in 1796 through two centuries of industrialism and innovation. Carillon Historical Park also houses the 1835 B&O (Grasshopper) steam locomotive, the first automobile self-starter, and the Deeds Carillon, the largest carillon in Ohio. Exhibits also include Dayton’s 1913 flood, which defined the city’s resolve and its innovative flood control system. This system led to engineering innovations still applied today and a river-based open space network based on levees, dry dams and preserved floodplains throughout the region. Thanks to these connected river corridor lands, the Great Miami River Bikeway and adjacent riverfront trails are possible.
For more opportunies to explore the greater Dayton area, check out the ITS 2017 reading list.
- Just a block east of the convention center is the Oregon District, Dayton’s oldest neighborhood and its entertainment district, full of restaurants, bars, retail shops, art galleries and the little bites of weird that give Oregon its urban cool. In early October, the American Planning Association selected Fifth Street in Oregon as one of five Great Streets in the country for its “exceptional character, quality, and planning — attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth and inspire others around the country.” The Oregon District includes a comedy club, an independent movie theater, a climbing gym, a bookstore, a brewery, and a distillery, along with specialty shops, street music, and often a tattooed man giving away books from the back of his pickup covered in plastic figurines. Fifth Street will invigorate the most cosmopolitan and international Symposium attendees and give everyone a little something to do when it’s time to relax.
View the Dayton Area Trails page for more trails within Dayton and the surrounding area.
View the Top Ten Reasons to join us in Dayton May 7-10, 2017.
Read the announcement of Dayton, Ohio being chosen to host the 2017 International Trails Symposium in the Spring 2016 American Trails Magazine: