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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.
Cleveland cityscape
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo Courtesy of Positively Cleveland.
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What to do

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

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. (800) 317-9155;

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

Cuyahoga Valley National Park A half hour south of Cleveland, the park includes dramatic rock formations and costumed interpreters, (800) 257-9477; The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs through the park. (800) 468-4070;

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

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

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. (216) 421-2665;

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

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

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

Where to eat

Fahrenheit This Tremont bistro has spiffed-up entrees, such as pizzas and coffee-and-mustard-crusted pork tenderloin. (216) 781-8858;

Great Lakes Brewing Company Sample burgers and sandwiches in an 1860s tavern; one of the dining areas overlooks the gleaming tanks in the brewhouse. (216) 771-4404;

Lola Bistro In the hip Fourth Avenue entertainment district, celeb chef Michael Symon’s menu draws carnivores eager for braised short ribs and beef-cheek pierogis. (216) 621-5652;

Lucky’s Cafe Legendary cheddar and scallion biscuits with sausage gravy and homemade pastries keep this Tremont breakfast hangout hopping. (216) 622-7773;

Melt Bar and Grilled The grilled-cheese-lovin’ menu lists more than 20 options, such as Porky Cheese (honey ham, bacon and Swiss). (216) 226-3699;

Tommy’s Restaurant Thick, rich milk shakes might be the first reason you come, but inventive vegetarian entrees (and decent burgers) make the eatery in Coventry Village destination-worthy. Be sure to sign yourself in on the waiting list. (216) 321-7757;

Where to stay

Cleveland Airport Marriott A stunning renovation turned this into a gleaming gem. Whether you stay here or not, dine at AMP 150, a destination small-plates restaurant with veggies grown out back. (800) 228-9290; 

Glidden House This converted 1910 mansion is within walking distance of Little Italy and all the attractions at University Circle. (216) 231-8900;

For information: This Is Cleveland (800) 321-1001;


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