According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.9 km² (7.3 mi²), all land. The census population in 2010 was 12,334.
The closest airports with airline service are Memphis, 100 miles to the North, and Greenville MS, 30 miles to the South. While Greenville has limited airline service, Memphis is a major hub for Delta Air Lines and typically the preferred airport.
Driving from Memphis: get to Hwy 55 South and follow it to Hwy 69, right outside of Olive Branch (you'll see a sign for Tunica). Take Hwy 69 to Hwy 61 in Tunica and go south on 61. Follow Hwy 61 76 miles to Cleveland.
Driving from Arkansas (Lake Village): Take Hwy 82 21 miles east through Greenville then drive 10 more miles (through Leland) to Hwy 61, which you will take north for 35 miles to Cleveland.
There is no public transportation in Cleveland. There are two taxi services. Cook's is phone: 662-402-4150.
Cleveland is completely flat and only 7 miles square, so biking during good weather is suggested.
Cleveland's, and the Mississippi Delta's, primary value as a tourist locale is it's beautiful scenic views, quiet small town atmosphere, and its relation to Delta blues folklore.
Cleveland is a small town. Locals of all ages enjoy simple pleasures such as joyriding through the farmland, mud-riding, bonfires, jam sessions, drinking parties, dinner parties, barbecues and other socially centered pastimes.
Cleveland has a thriving downtown full of boutiques and knick-knack shops, but it is better suited for housewives than collectors.
Cleveland has many locally owned restaurants; you won't find a TGIFridays or Applebee's here. Go to The Airport Grocery, The Pickled Okra, the Southern Grill, or Hey Joe's for typical local fare - burgers, ribs, pulled pork, assorted barbecue, catfish, crawfish, kabobs, etc. The Country Platter offers soul food and plate lunches, and just south of it one can find The Pig Pen and Crustaceans for more inexpensive local dining. Crustaceans is primarily known for crawfish, and the Pig Pen serves barbecue. South of Cleveland, in Boyle, is Bellazar's and Catfish Cabin, which specializes in fish and seafood. There are two small Chinese restaurants called China Buffet and Little China Kitchen, and while their food is good, they are not regarded as "sit-down" restaurants. There are also two Mexican restaurants called Guadalajara and La Cabana.
Another popular restaurant is The Warehouse, a gourmet deli, art gallery, and bazaar for various local vendors. A La Carte provides high-end wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Crave, on Highway 61, is a great place for lunch and dinner. Mississippi Grounds on Court Street is a popular coffee house.
La Cabana is locally considered to serve the strongest drinks at the best prices, but those looking for a more southern ambience should go to The Pickled Okra on Sharpe Street. While the bar tends to become overrun with frat boys during the week, they have a well-stocked bar and a friendly staff.
Locals often opt to drink at home amongst friends, and liquor stores can be found all along Hwy 61. Because of Blue Laws, liquor stores close at 10PM and bars stop serving at 1AM.
Cleveland has many hotels located on Hwy 61. A bed and breakfast is Molly's Bed and Breakfast, located at 214 S Bolivar Ave. It is run by Molly Shaman, wife of sculptor Floyd Shaman.