Destination Guide

Destination: Akron

Akron has come a long way from being Tire City, once the home of Goodrich, Goodyear, Firestone and General Tires.

It surged in the 1860s as the Ohio and Erie Canal was being built, and was the source of oat bars that fueled Civil War soldiers. From there grew Quaker Oats.

The city's second boom after the canal days came shortly after the turn of the 20th century as the automotive industry kicked into high gear. All those vehicles needed tires. The population doubled between 1900 and 1910 to churn out tons of tires. You can learn about that era at the Goodyear World of Rubber, which houses Charles Goodyear's workshop, a model of a rubber plantation and other memorabilia.

A quirky place to stay is the Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron. It's a luxury hotel with round rooms built in the former Quaker Oaks silo. A mall moved into the mill and factory and the University of Akron has claimed portions to serve as dormitories.

If your thirst for vino is acute, hop on the one of the many legs of Ohio's wine trail. The Wines and Vines Trail hugs the shores of Lake Erie, an area surprisingly hospitable to the grape, and the Canal Country Wine Trail centers in Akron.

If you're hungry, sit along the water at The Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant, which claims to be Akron's Key West. If you're a fan of The Pretenders, go to lead singer Chrissie Hynde's Vegi Terranean restaurant that serves only organic, vegan fare. Don't worry, there are burgers on the menu.

Once you're fed and watered (or wined), hit one of the many public courses around Akron, including two municipal courses. Given four stars by Golf Digest, J.E. Good Park -- "The Park" -- is an 18-hole course with an nice mix of doglegs, slopes, undulations and trees. The nine-hole Mud Run is a great spot for a quick round through wetlands and woods. It's home to the city's First Tee program. Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links dates back to 1925 and has 27 tree-lined holes. Chenoweth Golf Course is another well maintained course set amid thick forests.

There's much more to Akron than tires.

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Chippewa Golf Club Doylestown $18 - $25
Raintree Country Club
Tee Times
Uniontown $13.95
Windmill Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Ravenna $11.95
Chenoweth Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
Raccoon Hill Golf Club
Tee Times
Kent $10
Paradise Lake Golf Course
Tee Times
Mogadore $12
The Quarry Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $21
Rosemont Country Club
Tee Times
Fairlawn $30
Mud Run Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $8
1st/2nd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
J. Edward Good Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $15
Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club
Tee Times
Hudson $19
Arrowhead Golf Club
Tee Times
North Canton $12
Ohio Prestwick Country Club Uniontown $68 - $75
Second Nine at Loyal Oak Golf Course Norton $14
Middle at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Roses Run Country Club
Tee Times
Stow $15
South/North at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
Pine Valley Golf Club Wadsworth $18 - $29
East/North at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
Water Nine at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Long at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
The Sanctuary Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
The Fairways at Twin Lakes
Tee Times
Kent $6
Mayfair Country Club Uniontown $18 - $30
Brookledge Golf Club
Tee Times
Cuyahoga Falls $15
Skyland Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $12
Edgewater Golf Club
Tee Times
Minerva $10
Fox Den Golf Course
Tee Times
Stow $15.35
North at Firestone Country Club Akron $90
East/South at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
1st/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
Barberton Brookside Country Club
Tee Times
Norton $15.75
2nd/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
Mulligan Golf Course
Tee Times
Suffield $4
Clearview Golf Club East Canton $16 - $29
Riverwood Golf Course Pine Valley Sports Akron $25 - $27
Shady Hollow Country Club Massillon $65 - $75
Silver Lake Country Club Silver Lake $73 - $84
First Tee of Canton Canton $5
Meadowlake Golf & Swim Club Canton $25
Fairlawn Country Club Akron $67
Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation - The North 9 Kent $12 - $15
Tannenhauf Golf Club Alliance $17 - $21
Alliance Country Club Alliance $45 - $53
Challenge Golf Course At Edwin Shaw Rehab Akron $10
Oakwood Country Club North Canton $10
South at Firestone Country Club Akron $110
Glenmoor Country Club Canton $95 - $135
Congress Lake Club Hartville $90 - $107
Gold/Maroon at at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Gold/Black at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation - The Third 9 Kent $10 - $15
Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation - The South 9 Kent $12 - $15
Black/Maroon at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Lyons Den Golf Course Canal Fulton $24
Spring Hills Golf Club Clinton $31 - $40
Brookside Country Club Canton $80 - $120
Pleasant View Golf Club Paris $16 - $21
Suffield Springs Golf Club Mogadore $8 - $13
White/Red at Great Trail Golf Club Minerva $24
Sycamore Valley Golf Course Akron $8.50 - $12.75
Portage Country Club Akron $50
Lakeview Golf Course Hartville $7 - $13
Seven Hills Country Club Hartville $23.50 - $34.00
West at Firestone Country Club Akron $75
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