Nicholas DeRenzo

In the late 1800s, Cincinnati was often called the Paris of America, as architects and civil engineers shaped and reshaped the skyline with such landmarks as the Findlay Market, the Cincinnati Art Museum and The Cincinnatian Hotel—not to mention the monumental Roebling Suspension Bridge, which broke records when it opened in 1866. Just across that famous span sits Covington, Kentucky, once home to a large number of German and Irish immigrants and now a vibrant city filled with bourbon bars and restaurants that take full advantage of the Bluegrass State’s agricultural spoils. Today, both sides of the Ohio River shine more brightly than they have in decades, thanks to a number of revitalization plans (such as the 2017 reopening of the Cincinnati Music Hall) and construction projects (like the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new state-of-the-art home).