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Join us in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10, 2017

“Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest”


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National and International Draw

As humble as this mid-sized Midwestern city is, Dayton has a great deal to interest national and international travelers. Welcome Dayton is the city’s immigrant-friendly initiative promoting the belief that people with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experiences fuel our nation’s success. Adopted in 2011, Welcome Dayton was featured in the New York Times and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as an innovative economic development and quality of life strategy. As a result, Dayton has among its many immigrant community’s rich African, Ahiska Turkish, and Arab neighborhoods. In addition, the Dayton Convention Center hosts the annual World A’Fair, showcasing Dayton’s international community to nearly 30,000 attendees. Since 1952, Dayton has hosted the world’s largest amateur ham radio convention, Dayton Hamvention, attended by more than 25,000 people annually from throughout the world. The city also hosts the annual Winter Guard International, attended by 40,000 people.

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Dayton is most striking in its innovation heritage and for the quality of its arts scene. For decades before the Wright Brothers invented the airplane from their bicycle shop in Dayton, the town had more inventions per capita than any city in the United States. The search engine, the cash register, the pop-top can, the parachute, and the ice cube tray are a few items from the very long list of items invented in Dayton. From the international center of aviation development sprung Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which has continued to drive innovation in the region and hosts the National Museum of the United States Air Force. In 2012, Dayton was voted the No. 2 mid-sized city in the nation for arts. Dayton stands out due to its broad array of arts — performing, visual and literary. This heritage, of course, has left Dayton with a distinct history to share.

Attractions and Places to Visit in Dayton and Ohio

More Resources

View the Dayton Area Trails page for more trails within Dayton and the surrounding area. (coming soon)

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:






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