Cleveland Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in ClevelandWhere to Stay
Most lodgings in Cleveland are located downtown. These include high-end luxury hotels like the Cleveland Marriott, the Radisson, the Ritz-Carlton and the Wyndham, which offer accommodations like fitness centers and pools. The Glidden House, a boutique hotel set in a French Gothic mansion, offers an alternative to visitors and is located within walking distance of cultural attractions and parks.
Caution: Plan ahead to take advantage of discounted offers as most of the hotels in downtown Cleveland offer price cuts on weekends.
What to Eat
Cleveland contains an array of gastropubs, restaurants serving international cuisine and bistros. Many mid-range and high-end Italian restaurants are located in the city's Little Italy district. A number of Asian restaurants are located throughout the city, especially in Cleveland's Chinatown. Other enclaves in the city contain restaurants representing Central American, Indian and Eastern European tastes.
Be Sure to Sample: Soul food
Things to See
One excellent way to see many of Cleveland's attractions is by trolley. Lolly the Trolley offers tours focusing on the major city sites. The Milton and Tamar Maltz Jewish Heritage Museum is dedicated to Cleveland's Jewish heritage. Several parks, like Rockefeller Park, Wade Park, and Edgewater Park are great for a stroll, and contain botanical gardens, fishing opportunities and swimming.
Hot Tips: Cleveland has several art museums, many of which are free to visitors.
Places to Party
Top notch cultural activities, like performances by the Cleveland Orchestra and theatrical performances set in the Playhouse Square Center, occur throughout the year. Several smaller venues, like the House of Blues or the Improv Comedy Club, offer visitors an opportunity to view live music or stand-up comics. Hip bars, pubs, clubs and upscale lounges are located in several districts throughout the city like Coventry Village and the Warehouse District.
Hot Tips: Several publications available throughout the city detail a list of weekly events. Just look for the newspaper racks.
Where to Shop
Cleveland is home to numerous malls and retail outlets. The Tower City Center is a mall filled with high-end chain stores, as is the Galleria at Erieview, which also hosts art events. Shaker Square, close to downtown, is a historic shopping district. Boutique shops and small stores can be found in the inner ring suburbs of Cleveland.
Caution: Shopping centers in Cleveland are spread throughout the city across many districts, so plan ahead to prevent getting caught in traffic.
Ready for Your Dream Vacation?
In recent decades, Cleveland has been transformed. The once polluted Cuyahoga River, for example, has been cleaned up and now sports a thriving nightclub district along the Flats. River cruises aboard the Nautica Queen and Goodtime III reveal gorgeous views of Lake Erie, and nearby, trendy shops, restaurants and galleries pepper the revitalized Warehouse District, a National Historic Landmark. The city's spirit has also been rejuvenated with the return of the beloved Browns to Memorial Stadium, and sports fans can cheer on the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena and the Indians at Progressive Field. Other popular draws include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Brewing Company, the state's first microbrewery. Cultural and educational highlights include the renowned Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the new Great Lakes Science Center.