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