Tourist-oriented directional signs (TODS) are guide signs with one or more panels that display the business identification of and directional information for business, service, and activity facilities. The TODS Program is operated by a private company (Program Manager) under contract with ODOT.

Signs can also be placed for areas like historic districts. Mainline signs are $360 annually per direction on major state routes. Trailblazer signs are $120 annually per direction and are used in addition to the mainline signs—if an attraction is on a side road, the trailblazer sign acts as an extra waypoint marker.


Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be open to the general motoring public, and not operated on a “reservation only,” “membership only,” or “appointment only” basis, throughout the normal business season for that particular type of tourist-oriented activity
  2. Attendance is no less than 2,000 a year
  3. Is not eligible at that intersection for inclusion in the business logo sign program
  4. Is within 10 miles of the highway for which signing is sought
  5. Must be open at least five days per week, one of which be either a Saturday or Sunday, for a minimum of 40 hours
  6. Ineligible for logo sign program
  7. Historically significant or unique to the region


Eligible Categories:

Structure.473664.2800447.DaytimeCloseUp.201201250951235691242Commercial:  Antiques, crafts, malls, wineries, farmers markets, bed & breakfasts, non-chain local restaurants

Cultural: Drama, theatres, galleries

Educational: museums, tours, colleges, universities, vocational tech

Historical: caves, memorial, reservations, mansions

Recreational: lake/beach, park, camping, golf, sports, speedway, arenas, amusement parks


For more information, check Chapter 2K in ODOT's Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices or Section 207-3 in the Traffic Engineering Manual



Recreational or cultural interest areas are attractions or traffic generators that are open to the general public for the purpose of play, amusement, or relaxation. Recreational attractions include such facilities as parks, campgrounds, gaming facilities, and ski areas, while examples of cultural attractions include museums, art galleries, and historical buildings or sites.

The purpose of recreation and cultural interest area signs is to guide road users to a general area and then to specific facilities or activities within the area.


  • is a publicly owned or a privately owned non-profit facility
  • annual attendance of 100,000 plus 10,000 per mile in urban areas or 50,000 plus 5,000 per mile in rural areas
  • in rural areas, where generators are less common and more space for generator signing is available, attendance requirements may be reduced by up to 60 percent by the District Deputy Director.

Eligible locations include:

Miscellaneous Generator: Stadiums, auditoriums, convention halls, fairgrounds, parks (national, state, county, municipal, etc.)
Recreation Area: Recreation areas (e.g., beaches and lakes)
Tourist Attraction: Historical sites, State memorials, restorations, monuments, museums, planetariums and other attractions of historic or cultural interest

Activities signed for under the Tourist Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) program do not qualify for generator signing under this Section. Also, it has been determined that the following facilities do not normally qualify for signing under these provisions for traffic generators: business, cemeteries, community facilities, educational facilities, governmental facilities, medical facilities, military installations, recreational locations.

For more information, check out Chapter 2M in ODOT's Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices or Section 207-8 in the Traffic Engineering Manual.


These signs are included on various Tiffin signs—included are “State Champs” signs, high schools, colleges, etc. The organization wishing to place the sign must get the design, size, and location approved by the Traffic Committee, which meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. The sign is paid for by the organization, and the city will place the sign. Check out more information at 206-14 in ODOT's Traffic Engineering Manual or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about any of these programs, check with the Ohio Department of Transportation.