Zanesville is a great place to visit, if you need to go somewhere to not do something. Or if you have and insane need to drive on a bridge and turn left in the middle. For this reason Zanesville is known as the Y-city. One of the most distinguishing marks of the town is its bridge that spans two rivers and is in the shape of a Y. Built in 1814 the Y-bridge is something locals find hard to tell outsiders about. How would you feel when you ask for directions and someone tells you to drive on the bridge and turn in the middle? If you have a thing for bridges you can also check out the S bridge near Zanesville, in New Concord, OH (that's where John Glenn is from) although you can not drive across the S bridge. Who knows what inspires the people of South East Ohio make so many letter shaped bridges, maybe boredom.
As almost every other city in America, Zanesville basically has no public transportation to talk of, so you will need a car. If you even make it to Zanesville without a car you have either braved the Grey Hound bus system or have discovered some new mode of transportation. Once you're in Zanesville any city map should do fine for navigation. 1
As many other American cities Zanesville has many of the fast food restaurants people are familiar with. (McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's 2) If you are one for experiencing the local flavor of food instead of eating what you can already get at home here are some places to check out.
Adornetto's Pizzeria has been apart of Zanesville since 1958, although it does offer a few Italian dishes to chose from if you are only going to be able to visit once you should try the salads and pizza. There is definitely something addictive about the salads as people have been know to drive over an hour to get one.
Tom's Ice Cream Bowl
If you feel more like desert than dinner you can head to Tom's Ice cream Bowl. Hear you can get ice cream (of course), fresh roasted nuts, or chocolate while taking in the feel of a 1950's ice cream pallor.
Restaurants and bars are scattered throughout the city, but remember if you are going out drinking to take a DD3 with you, their is a cab system if you get caught alone (if you ask the bartender they will usually call a cab for you) but they are expensive and take some time to pick you up. (on New Years Eve cabs are offered for free if you ask the bar tender)
Going to the movies is one of the most popular forms of weekend entertainment. Besides be dumbfounded that their is only one new release cinema in Zanesville visitors are then elated to find that the highest ticket price is $4.00 (U.S.)(that's cheep to most people)
Americans, we love our cars. We love them so much we drive them around for recreation on weekend nights.4The most popular sight to do this in Zanesville is Maple Avenue, the reasons being that it is where the movie theater, and a lot of restaurants are, its a long stretch of road, and everyone else is around as well. If you exceed the age of 21 you are probably not up for this because any local of that age has gotten past their cruising times and are now old enough to be in the bars.
There are a few theaters you could attend but they usual only have plays for a couple of weeks every few months. The thespians that populate these stages are locals who preform in their spare time. These theaters are hidden in historical districts of town.
Where to stay
A hotel or a friends house. Their are no hostels in Zanesville. Any good Internet search should turn up your hotel choices.
WHIZ also pronounced, I kid you not, whiz (you know, what you do in the bathroom). WHIZ is the local television/radio station and the name actually stands for We're Here In Zanesville. www.whizamfmtv.com