The rolling hills of Greene County are full of surprises and just seven minutes from downtown Dayton.

There are scenic small towns and farms, but the county is also home to the state’s largest single-site employer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Flying fanatics will enjoy the nearby National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It has over 300 aircraft on display ranging from the Wright Flyer to a high-tech Stealth fighter. And for those who like to stay closer to the ground can ride, walk or just play along more than 140 miles of paved bike paths that crisscross the county.

Shopping varies from the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, one of the state’s largest shopping malls, to the unique boutiques and artisan shops in the Village of Yellow Springs.

“The county defies conventional definitions,” says Larry Hensel, spokesman for the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We may not be the big city, but we have all the amenities you would ever want to find and they are all just a short distance down the road.’’

The Greene County CVB was established approximately 20 years ago by the county to promote what the county has to offer travelers. Its promotional and tourist activities are supported by the county’s hotel bed tax.

Tourism is a big component of the Greene County economy, sustaining about one of every 10 salaried jobs. Visitors to Greene County generated business sales of about $472 million directly and indirectly in 2012, the CVB says.

Greene County currently has 28 hotels, 12 bed and breakfasts, and some of the best campgrounds in the state spread across its 416 square miles.

Centrally located in southwest Ohio, Greene County is accessible via Interstates 70, 71, 75 and 675 and is just an hour’s drive from either Cincinnati or Columbus.

But the county isn’t just a regional destination; it also draws visitors from all over the world.

Last summer, it hosted a national Pontiac GTO convention at Nutter Center at Wright State University that drew 5,000 classic cars from across the country.

This April, Greene County will host the WGI Color Guard World Championships and the WGI Percussion World Championships over two weekends. Last year’s WGI Championships drew 12,000 participants including nearly 300 color guards and 170 percussion ensembles from 40 states and four countries.

Hensel says the CVB devotes a lot of effort to help groups planning events in the county, everything from sporting events to military reunions.

The CVB staff works with group planners on-site inspections, securing hotel accommodations, providing brochures for pre-event mailings, registration assistance, information packets for attendees, and provides suggestions for itineraries for group programs and motor coach tours. The CVB also will provide professional custom welcome signs and name badges for attendees.

With the help of the CVB and the area’s attractions, you’ll never be bored. Visit greenecountyohio.org.