I grew up in corn country. I can tell you the difference between cattle corn, butter corn, sweet corn and more. The biggest city near us was Cincinnati (45 minutes north). Over the Thanksgiving holiday I returned to visit family.
Cincinnati is known for boats, bridges and chili. (See my Instagram feed for more on chili.) The city has long been a transportation hub. The 1800s was the era of paddlewheelers. You can still see them in action. Nowadays re-created boats are available to take you on a cruise down the Ohio River. The Belle of Cincinnati and the River Queen offer these excursions, through B&B Riverboats.