3 Dayton-area gems land on list of most underrated places in Ohio

Serpent Mound's coiled tail has alignment with the summer solstice sunset.   Serpent Mound is the largest surviving ancient effigy mound in the world and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is located near Peebles, Ohio on State Route 73.    TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Serpent Mound's coiled tail has alignment with the summer solstice sunset. Serpent Mound is the largest surviving ancient effigy mound in the world and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located near Peebles, Ohio on State Route 73. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

As the sixth largest city in Ohio, Dayton doesn’t always get its share of the spotlight.

But in this list of the 15 most underrated places to check out in Ohio, 3 of the Dayton-area's biggest gems are shining through.

💎The United States Air Force Museum

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force was founded in 1917 and has grown into one of the Dayton area's biggest attractions.

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Dayton is the birthplace of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the pioneers of flight, so naturally The United States Air Force Museum chose Dayton to be its home.

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The sprawling complex has more than 360 aerospace vehicles, missiles on display, and even more projects in the process of being restored.

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And the best part? Admission is FREE.

💎The Great Serpent Mound

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Aerial views of the oldest surviving animal effigy mound in the world.

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Serpent Mound is largest snake effigy in the world — and one of only two effigy mounds in Ohio.

>> See for yourself why Ohio’s mysterious Serpent Mound is a must-visit place

It's worth the 90-minute drive to see this preserved ancient earthwork that stretches 1,330 feet and depicts the form of an undulating serpent with an oval shape at the head.

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💎The Golden Lamb

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The origins of the historic Golden Lamb hotel date back even further than two centuries to 1803 when New Jersey native Jonas Seaman paid $4 for a license to “keep a house of Public Entertainment” on Broadway in the brand new village of Lebanon.

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The Golden Lamb, located at 27 S. Broadway St. in Lebanon, is the receipent of a great number of accolades.

In 2015 it became Ohio’s longest continously running business, as it was founded in 1803.

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More recently, The Golden Lamb was picked as Thrillist's most iconic restaurant in Ohio, which is not quite the same as the oldest.

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Now, it's being recognized for "a unique dining experience, complete with antique furnishings and historic rooms upstairs where famous individuals such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens and U.S. Presidents have stayed," the Only in Your State article said. 

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