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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The Quarry Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $21
Chenoweth Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
Raccoon Hill Golf Club
Tee Times
Kent $10
Chippewa Golf Club Doylestown $18 - $25
Raintree Country Club
Tee Times
Uniontown $13.95
Paradise Lake Golf Course
Tee Times
Mogadore $12
Windmill Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Ravenna $11.95
1st/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
East/North at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
J. Edward Good Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $15
Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club
Tee Times
Hudson $19
South/North at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
Second Nine at Loyal Oak Golf Course Norton $14
Pine Valley Golf Club Wadsworth $18 - $29
Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
Arrowhead Golf Club
Tee Times
North Canton $12
Skyland Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $12
The Fairways at Twin Lakes
Tee Times
Kent $6
Middle at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Barberton Brookside Country Club
Tee Times
Norton $15.75
Ohio Prestwick Country Club Uniontown $68 - $75
Roses Run Country Club
Tee Times
Stow $15
Mud Run Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $8
Mayfair Country Club Uniontown $16 - $22
The Sanctuary Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Rosemont Country Club
Tee Times
Fairlawn $30
Brookledge Golf Club
Tee Times
Cuyahoga Falls $15
2nd/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
Long at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Water Nine at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
East/South at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
Mulligan Golf Course
Tee Times
Suffield $4
1st/2nd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
Fox Den Golf Course
Tee Times
Stow $15.35
Edgewater Golf Club
Tee Times
Minerva $10
North at Firestone Country Club Akron $90
Meadowlake Golf & Swim Club Canton $25
Sunnybrook Course at Sunnyhill Golf & Recreation Kent $19 - $25
Fairlawn Country Club Akron $67
Shady Hollow Country Club Massillon $65 - $75
Suffield Springs Golf Club Mogadore $8 - $13
Sycamore Valley Golf Course Akron $8.50 - $12.75
Challenge Golf Course At Edwin Shaw Rehab Akron $10
Black/Maroon at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Silver Lake Country Club Silver Lake $73 - $84
Glenmoor Country Club Canton $95 - $135
Riverwood Golf Course Pine Valley Sports Akron $25 - $27
Tannenhauf Golf Club Alliance $17 - $21
Oakwood Country Club North Canton $10
Portage Country Club Akron $50
Seven Hills Country Club Hartville $23.50 - $34.00
Spring Hills Golf Club Clinton $31 - $40
Brookside Country Club Canton $80 - $120
White/Red at Great Trail Golf Club Minerva $24
Gold/Black at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Pleasant View Golf Club Paris $16 - $21
Middle Course at Sunnyhill Golf & Recreation Kent $12 - $15
Alliance Country Club Alliance $45 - $53
Congress Lake Club Hartville $90 - $107
Clearview Golf Club East Canton $16 - $29
Lakeview Golf Course Hartville $7 - $13
West at Firestone Country Club Akron $75
Gold/Maroon at at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
First Tee of Canton Canton $5
South at Firestone Country Club Akron $110
Lyons Den Golf Course Canal Fulton $24
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