Every time you crack a pop can, you're holding a piece of Dayton. But the soda-can pull tab is just a B-lister in the annals of Dayton inventions, which include the cash register (1879) and most famously, the airplane (1903).
In the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center: a replica of the 1902 Wright Glider that the brothers used to launch themselves over the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1902.
Wright-Dunbar Replica
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Carillon Historical Park

The 65-acre indoor-outdoor museum covers Dayton history. See the original 1905 Wright Flyer III and a circa 1924 Sun Oil Station. 

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Dayton Art Institute
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Dayton Art Institute

Immerse yourself in a diverse collection of art spanning 5,000 years.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

Sites with an overview of the Wright brothers' lives kick off an exploration of Dayton's role in aviation history.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Acres of airplane hangars await, housing items outlining the early history of military flight through World War II. The collection spans a 1909 Wright Military Flyer, retired presidential planes and lunar landers.

RiverScape River Run
RiverScape River Run
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RiverScape River Run

Kayakers can take a 7-mile paddle down the Great Miami River. 

Eat and Drink

Pine Club
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The Pine Club 

This restaurant has been serving terrific steak dinners since 1947 and stays proudly old-school (no credit cards; no reservations). 

Butter Cafe

Breakfast on free-range eggs and French toast kabobs at this adorable spot near the University of Dayton.

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El Meson

El Meson

A lunch of Mexican food is a fiesta when eaten on the colorful glass-roofed patio.


Dine on modern Italian fare such as braised lamb shank and puttanesca.

Carillon Brewing Company 

Technique and recipes adhere to the antebellum era at this brewery, part of Carillon Historical Park.


Marriott at the University of Dayton 

This recently renovated college-town hotel honors the Wright brother's first plane design. 

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