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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Windmill Lakes Golf Club
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Ravenna $11.95
Raintree Country Club
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Uniontown $13.95
The Quarry Golf Club
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Canton $21
Raccoon Hill Golf Club
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Kent $10
Mud Run Golf Course
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Akron $8
Arrowhead Golf Club
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North Canton $12
Fox Den Golf Course
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Stow $15.35
South/North at The Legends of Massillon
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Massillon $15
Second Nine at Loyal Oak Golf Course Norton $14
Long at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
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Akron $17
East/North at The Legends of Massillon
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Massillon $15
Brookledge Golf Club
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Cuyahoga Falls $15
The Sanctuary Golf Club
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Canton $20
Middle at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Chenoweth Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
Chippewa Golf Club Doylestown $18 - $25
Roses Run Country Club
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Stow $15
J. Edward Good Park Golf Course
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Akron $15
East/South at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $15
Pine Valley Golf Club
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Wadsworth $22 - $32
Suffield Springs Golf Club Mogadore $8 - $13
Water Nine at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
Mayfair Country Club Uniontown $18 - $30
Gold/Black at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Tannenhauf Golf Club Alliance $17 - $21
Brookside Country Club Canton $80 - $120
Silver Lake Country Club Silver Lake $73 - $84
Mulligan Golf Course
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Suffield $4
1st/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
Pleasant View Golf Club Paris $16 - $21
1st/2nd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $17
Ohio Prestwick Country Club Uniontown $68 - $75
North at Firestone Country Club Akron $90
Skyland Pines Golf Club
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Canton $12
White/Red at Great Trail Golf Club Minerva $24
South at Firestone Country Club Akron $110
Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation - The Third 9 Kent $10 - $15
Lakeview Golf Course Hartville $7 - $13
Riverwood Golf Course Pine Valley Sports Akron $25 - $27
Barberton Brookside Country Club
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Norton $15.75
Fazio at Firestone Country Club Akron $75
Black/Maroon at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Gold/Maroon at at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
The Fairways at Twin Lakes
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Kent $6
Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation - The South 9 Kent $12 - $15
Glenmoor Country Club Canton $95 - $135
Sycamore Valley Golf Course Akron $8.50 - $12.75
Fairlawn Country Club Akron $67
2nd/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
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North Lawrence $17
Challenge Golf Course At Edwin Shaw Rehab Akron $10
Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club
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Hudson $19
Shady Hollow Country Club Massillon $65 - $75
Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation - The North 9 Kent $12 - $15
Lyons Den Golf Course Canal Fulton $24
Portage Country Club Akron $50
Meadowlake Golf & Swim Club Canton $25
Oakwood Country Club North Canton $10
First Tee of Canton Canton $5
Congress Lake Club Hartville $90 - $107
Edgewater Golf Club
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Minerva $10
Clearview Golf Club East Canton $16 - $29
Spring Hills Golf Club Clinton $31 - $40
Alliance Country Club Alliance $45 - $53
Paradise Lake Golf Course
Tee Times
Mogadore $12
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