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Cleveland Trip Guide

The City of Rock and Roll shakes off its industrial image with gorgeous parks, an exceptional dining scene and an iconic hall of fame.

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo Courtesy of Positively Cleveland.

What to do

Cleveland Museum of Art A just-completed $350 million makeover shows off the stellar collections better than ever. Free. (888) 262-0033; clevelandart.org

Cleveland Museum of Natural History In addition to favorites like dinosaur skeletons and gemstones, this family-friendly museum has zoolike enclosures. The planetarium shows alone are worth the trip. See reviews and ratings. (800) 317-9155; cmnh.org

The Cleveland Orchestra During the summer, listen alfresco at Blossom Music Center, 25 miles southeast of Cleveland. See reviews and ratings. (800) 686-1141; clevelandorchestra.com

Cuyahoga Valley National Park A half hour south of Cleveland, the park includes dramatic rock formations and costumed interpreters, (800) 257-9477; nps.gov/cuva. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs through the park. See reviews and ratings. (800) 468-4070; cvsr.com

Great Lakes Science Center See hundreds of exhibits and an Omnimax theater. (216) 694-2000; greatscience.com

The Holden Arboretum Flower fans love the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden. In Kirtland, 25 miles northeast of Cleveland. (440) 946-4400; holdenarb.org

Lake View Cemetery At a beautiful Cleveland cemetery, an impressive hilltop monument houses the flag-draped casket of James A. Garfield; five terra-cotta panels recall his life. See reviews and ratings. (216) 421-2665; lakeviewcemetery.com

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum The lakefront gem is crammed with artifacts from rock legends. See reviews and ratings. (216) 781-7625; rockhall.com

Terminal Tower Catch a great view from the 42nd floor. (216) 623-4750; towercitycenter.com

West Side Market Catch a glimpse of Cleveland’s melting pot heritage at this bustling indoor market. See reviews and ratings. (216) 664-3387; westsidemarket.org

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