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Youngstown is a city in Mahoning County as well as its county seat; it was officially established in 1802. Its earliest industry was a sawmill and gristmill, followed by the discovery of coal which caused it to become a stop along the Erie Canal waterway. The late 19th century saw Youngstown include steel mills as part of its economic base. The population that had started with settlers from Pennsylvania, Scotland, and Ireland grew to include immigrants from eastern Europe, Italy, and Greece and has become even more diverse in the years since then. By the early 20th century, Youngstown had become one of the area's rustbelt cities (cities that relied on the steel industry but had competitive disadvantages). More recently, the city and its business leaders have focused on housing construction efforts, a nonprofit enterprise supporting the creation of technology-based businesses, and better city planning incorporating more green space.
Search for an RV in Mahoning County, and you can have the RV of your dreams at your disposal. There are other towns that are additionally worth visiting, such as Orwell which is the location of a boxing training camp owned by promoter Don King. Kent has numerous urban parks and open spaces and prides itself as a host to many annual festivals, including events related to Earth Day, Independence Day, and folk music. Alliance is known as “The Carnation City” due to its association with Ohio's state flower, the scarlet carnation. Lisbon has several unique festivals, including a music festival featuring traditional musical instruments such as the Appalachian dulcimer; the Columbiana County Johnny Appleseed Festival; and the Columbiana County Fair. Your Youngstown travel trailer rental is your invitation to come and visit this area.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a recreational park with several areas of interest within its boundaries. Visitors can hike into Brandywine Falls or try any of the other trails, some of which are developed for mountain biking. Those looking for a cultured experience can check out Hale Farm and Village or the Blossom Music Center. There are two lakes within the park, and there are areas for tubing and skiing in the winter. The park is open year-round 24 hours a day, except for the lakes which are open from dawn to dusk.
West Branch State Park is comprised of meadows, forests, and a lake with forks and coves; it provides opportunities for hiking and camping to the public as well as providing refuge to local wildlife. The park has restrooms and a washroom with individual showers and a playground for young children. It is a popular fishing spot with local citizens. Park your Youngstown camper rental nearby, and you can retire to the lap of luxury when your outdoor excursions are finished for the day.
Mill Creek Park was first developed in 1891 and is one of the largest areas within the Metropark system. The park has miles and miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, and there are roads traversing the park that guests can use to take a self-guided tour. It is a cultivated park with areas of undisturbed nature where visitors can boat, fish, and picnic in the summer, and go sledding or cross-country skiing in the winter. The developed areas offer tennis and volleyball; the park has an 18-hole golf course, a historic area, Lanterman's Mill (a former granary), an education and visitor's center, and a performing arts pavilion that hosts summer concerts.
There are numerous RV parks and campgrounds when you can park the motorhome rental near Youngstown.
Chaparral Family Campground is a semi-rustic RV park with lots of open space, manicured lawns, and tree cover providing shade. Sites can be rented by the day, week, or month, and include water and electrical hookups or full hookups; there are some primitive sites with no hookups. The campground is situated near a lake where guests can go canoeing or kayaking, fishing, or swimming. It has restrooms, a game room, and social activities for its guests. Some sites may accommodate tent camping.
There is a lot to see and do in Youngstown. Visitors looking for something historical and interesting should start with the museums. One of the museums is focused on local medical history and another on the history of the steel industry; there is a family museum (The Arms Museum, which is the family name and not a weapons collection) that traces the history of the people who settled and lived there. There is a museum documenting the history of the labor force and another that specializes in American art. There are flea markets and historical churches, both of which will provide epic photo opportunities, a planetarium, and breweries and wineries where guests can sample the local flavors. Don't forget to take your Youngstown motorhome rental for a spin around the countryside.
When it's time for dinner, Youngstown rings the bell. There are steakhouses, Italian and Asian restaurants, and more, and most outlets are reasonably priced. One local tavern has a menu with both meat and seafood items, pasta dishes, and more. It is open for lunch and dinner. They also have an outdoor deck and, as this is a sports bar, those wanting a quiet dinner can order takeout and head back to their Youngstown luxury RV rental. Nothing says vacation like a great meal enjoyed in your favorite lawn chair.