Bellevue Hill Park

Bellevue Hill Park (photo: Louis Rideout)
Bellevue Hill Park (photo: Louis Rideout)

Tucked into a dense neighborhood near the University of Cincinnati, Bellevue Hill Park offers a magnificent view of the entire downtown Cincinnati basin. Plus, admire the historic architectural concrete cupolas that remain from a bygone era when this served as a depot for the Cincinnati Incline.

Devou Park

Cincinnati Skyline photo from Devou Park (photo: Louis Rideout)
Cincinnati Skyline photo from Devou Park (photo: Louis Rideout)

Find your way to the top of the grassy knolls at this beloved Northern Kentucky park and enjoy wide-angle views of the Cincinnati skyline, the Ohio River and even parts of Covington, Ky. Clusters of picnic tables and park benches make Devou Park an ideal locale for picnics and photo ops. Don't forget the frisbee!

Incline Public House

Incline Public House (photo: Heather Johnson)
Incline Public House (photo: Heather Johnson)

Feast your eyes and your stomach on this grub-with-a-view destination. Aptly named for its historic dwellings near the posthumous Price Hill Incline, Incline Public House's hilltop hideaway delivers sweeping scenes of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. If find yourself waiting for a table, enjoy the view from Olden View Park just next door. 

Newport on the Levee

Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)
Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)

Newport on the Levee's new Bridgeview Box Park offers panoramic views of the Cincinnati skyline and riverfront area. Grab a meal or a drink from one of the many vendor windows (think food trucks on land) serving a range of culinary treats. The kids can play games while the adults relax and enjoy live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. If you want to be more active while taking in the view, walk or bike across the adjacent Purple People Bridge and you'll find yourself in Sawyer Point Park which connects to other riverfront parks in either direction.

Riverside Drive in Covington

Riverside Drive Statue Tour (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Riverside Drive Statue Tour (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
This tree-lined street in Covington's Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood is beautiful in it's own right. When paired with the majestic, panoramic view of the Cincinnati skyline, Ohio River and the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge, it is like no other view in the Cincinnati region. While you're there, take in some local history with the Riverside Drive Statue Tour and admire the mansions built in every evolutionary style of American architecture from 1815 to 1920.  

Twin Lakes at Eden Park

Eden Park (photo: Cincinnati Parks)
Eden Park (photo: Cincinnati Parks)

At Eden Park's Twin Lakes, it's all about the water view. Pick a shaded park bench and behold the mighty Ohio River. Scan to the left to see the river's famous "bend". Shift your gaze to the right to find the iconic yellow arches of the Big Mac Bridge (formally named the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge). Those grid-like clusters of homes straight ahead? That's Bellevue and Dayton, Ky.
 
Update by Julie Brock