African art, ancient Egyptian art, medieval art and an unparalleled collection of prints make up just a few of the permanent collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which recently finished a $350 million renovation and expansion. In the same University Circle neighborhood, visitors also find the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Center.
Two miles to the west, Tommy’s Coventry serves inventive vegan and vegetarian fare (and decent burgers, too). Sign yourself in on the waiting list and be patient; the milk shakes alone are worth the wait. Beautiful Lake View Cemetery holds fascinating finds: the Wade Memorial Chapel features an interior designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany; a memorial honors President James A. Garfield.
For the evening, elegant Glidden House in University Circle stands within walking distance of Severance Hall, home to the respected Cleveland Symphonic Orchestra.
Cleveland rocks, and the proof is at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The lakefront attraction showcases musical artifacts from rock legends, and exhibits cover the roots of rock and roll, one-hit wonders and Otis Redding. Also downtown, Great Lakes Brewing Company serves hearty burgers and sandwiches and beers made at an 1860s tavern. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a half-hour south of the city, features 33,000 acres, more than 100 miles of trails, spectacular rock formations, waterfalls and plenty of peace and quiet (except when the trains from Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad rumble through).
Downtown’s vibrant East 4th Street district offers rockin’ nightlife, including Michael Symon’s premier restaurant Lola.
More information: This Is Cleveland, (800) 321-1001; thisiscleveland.com