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Swing on over to that perennial swing state, Ohio. The Buckeye State, which could decide Tuesday's presidential election, is the home of Joe the Plumber, the birthplace of seven former presidents and the headquarters of Diebold, a manufacturer of those sometimes-controversial touch-screen voting machines.


Rock the vote : Politics inspires some of America's best music, so start your trip in Cleveland with a stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Lake Erie. The popular attraction delves into music's roots, artifacts and artists.


Be blinded by science : Head to Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center, which offers more than 340 exhibits, many of which are interactive, and a six-story-tall OMNIMAX theater.


Ready for football? : The Ravens face the Browns today at Cleveland Browns Stadium, which opened in 1999. Or, drive an hour south to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, where you'll learn about the history of the sport and its top players.


Learn about first ladies : National First Ladies' Library, also in Canton, will soon make room for Michelle Obama or Cindy McCain. The library is housed partially in the former family home of first lady Ida Saxton McKinley.


Ride the Maverick at Cedar Point : This amusement park in Sandusky, about an hour west of Cleveland, boasts a roller coaster called the Maverick. Democrats could try the Blue Streak. Both coasters' ups and downs are as gut-wrenching as the economy.

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