The location of Dayton at the “Crossroads of America” makes the city easily accessible.
The intersection of Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 at Dayton means the city serves as an excellent destination for tours and as a stop-over en route to other destinations.
“Dayton is an outstanding destination for group tours,” said Teena Sheffler, sales manager for the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Dayton is the only place in the world where you can experience and explore the authentic story and sites surrounding the invention of flight.”
Sheffler noted many Dayton attractions are free, and she is happy to customize tours.
The Dayton CVB also offers several incentives to group tours that work through the bureau.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Head to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. Four hangars and 19 acres of enclosed exhibit space feature over 360 aerospace vehicles. Thousands of personal artifacts, photographs and documents highlight the people and events of the Air Force storyline.
Dayton Art Institute
Stop at the Dayton Art Institute, where admission is free (with suggested donation). The collection includes important Oceanic art, Asian art, European art, and American fine and decorative art collections. Guided group tours are available for the permanent collection and special exhibitions for a fee.
Carillon Historical Park
Carillon Historical Park celebrates how Dayton’s inventions — such as the airplane, the automobile self-starter and the cash register — changed the world. With the hand-carved Carousel of Dayton Innovation, 4D theater, the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, living history experiences and thousands of artifacts, the 65-acre park brings Dayton’s past to life.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Visit Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The five-unit park includes the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, where admission is free. Tour the Paul Laurence Dunbar House to learn about Dunbar, a gifted and prolific writer and a childhood friend of the Wright brothers.
Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau