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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Raintree Country Club
Tee Times
Uniontown $12.35
Windmill Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Ravenna $10.95
Chenoweth Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $14
Quarry Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $26
Chippewa Golf Club
Tee Times
Doylestown $14.35
Raccoon Hill Golf Club
Tee Times
Kent $12
Paradise Lake Golf Course
Tee Times
Mogadore $14
East/South at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $12
Brookledge Golf Club
Tee Times
Cuyahoga Falls $16
Mud Run Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
Rosemont Country Club
Tee Times
Fairlawn $30
Fox Den Golf Course
Tee Times
Stow $16.95
Second Nine at Loyal Oak Golf Course Norton $14
Ohio Prestwick Country Club Uniontown $68 - $75
Skyland Pines Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $15
1st/2nd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $18
Mayfair Country Club Uniontown $16 - $22
J. Edward Good Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $17
2nd/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $18
Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course
Tee Times
Akron $12
The Sanctuary Golf Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
South/North at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $12
Edgewater Golf Club
Tee Times
Minerva $12
Middle at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Water Nine at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club
Tee Times
Hudson $24
East/North at The Legends of Massillon
Tee Times
Massillon $12
Arrowhead Golf Club
Tee Times
North Canton $12
Mulligan Golf Course
Tee Times
Suffield $5
Roses Run Country Club
Tee Times
Stow $15
The Fairways at Twin Lakes
Tee Times
Kent $12
North at Firestone Country Club Akron $90
Barberton Brookside Country Club
Tee Times
Norton $16.95
Long at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links
Tee Times
Akron $17
1st/3rd Course at Elms Country Club
Tee Times
North Lawrence $18
Sycamore Valley Golf Course Akron $8.50 - $12.75
Suffield Springs Golf Club Mogadore $8 - $13
Seven Hills Country Club Hartville $23.50 - $34.00
Congress Lake Club Hartville $90 - $107
Riverwood Golf Course Pine Valley Sports Akron $25 - $27
Lakeview Golf Course Hartville $7 - $13
Pine Valley Golf Club Wadsworth $18 - $29
Silver Lake Country Club Silver Lake $84
Black/Maroon at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Hills at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course Canton $33
West at Firestone Country Club Akron $75
Alliance Country Club Alliance $45 - $53
Oakwood Country Club North Canton $10
Lyons Den Golf Course Canal Fulton $24
Tannenhauf Golf Club Alliance $17 - $21
Clearview Golf Club East Canton $16 - $29
Portage Country Club Akron $50
Fairlawn Country Club Akron $67
Brookside Country Club Canton $80 - $120
Challenge Golf Course At Edwin Shaw Rehab Akron $10
Pleasant View Golf Club Paris $16 - $21
Meadowlake Golf & Swim Club Canton $25
First Tee of Canton Canton $5
Gold/Maroon at at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
Gold/Black at Sable Creek Golf Course Hartville $18
South at Firestone Country Club Akron $110
Shady Hollow Country Club Massillon $65 - $75
White/Red at Great Trail Golf Club Minerva $24
Sunnybrook Course at Sunnyhill Golf & Recreation Kent $19 - $25
Middle Course at Sunnyhill Golf & Recreation Kent $12 - $15
Spring Hills Golf Club Clinton $31 - $40
Glenmoor Country Club Canton $95 - $135
Dales at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course Canton $33
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