Cleveland is a vibrant world-class city on the shores of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA. Recreational, cultural and educational opportunities are abundant throughout Northeast Ohio. You'll find world-class museums and cultural events, exciting professional sports and amusement parks, and the most golf courses per capita in the United States. Places Rated Almanac ranks the area second in recreational options out of 354 US metro areas. Plus, this region ranks fifth in the nation in number of major cultural resources per one million residents. Cleveland is where the East Coast meets the Midwest, come see for yourself.
Cleveland is the urban center of Northeast Ohio, the 14th largest combined metropolitan area in the United States. Throughout the twentieth century, the City of Cleveland proper was ranked as one of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. (from 1890 until 1970 per US Census Bureau statistics). Like most U.S. cities, Cleveland proper began to lose population to suburban areas in the 1960s and 1970s. However, in the mid-1980s, Cleveland earned the nickname the "Comeback City" as the urban core experienced a dramatic revitalization process that continues today. As its "comeback" has continued, the official moniker is now the New American City as Cleveland has rightfully earned the reputation as a model of effective public-private partnership for urban planning.
Despite the common perception that Cleveland is an industrial town, just beyond the automotive and steel plants, a clean and beautiful downtown rises at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on the southern shore of Lake Erie (often marvelled over by visitors who are surprised you can't see the other side, i.e., Canada). Like other cities in the so-called "rust belt", Cleveland has endured growing pains as it makes its transition from a manufacturing-based economy. While Cleveland continues to play a leading role in building the U.S. industrial base, it has also developed economic prowess in the fields of health care, law, finance, insurance, real estate development, and professional services.
Another thing non-locals don't often realize is that Cleveland's long history of industrial wealth has left it chock full of cultural riches as well as the beginnings of a "sustainable city" movement. For decades, the city has boasted of:
four new sports facilities in the downtown area - Jacobs Field ("The Jake") for the Major League Baseball Indians, QuickenLoans Arena ("The Q") for the NBA Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns Stadium for the NFL Browns and the Wolstein Center for the Cleveland State University Vikings basketball team.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, CLE. Cleveland's main airport is located on the west side of the city. The airport is served by most of the major domestic airlines, and it is one of Continental Airlines' three U.S. hubs as well. The RTA Red Line Rapid Transit (see, below) provides frequent and fast rail service from inside the airport to the heart of downtown in roughly 22 minutes for $1.50.
Burke Lakefront Airport. A small airport right on the shore of Lake Erie that handles private jet and business traffic.
Akron-Canton Regional Airport, CAK. Visitors could also use this airport which is served by regional airline affiliates and is a 45-minute drive from Cleveland.
Three two-digit interstate highways serve Cleveland directly.
Interstate 71 begins downtown and is the major route from downtown Cleveland to the airport. I-71 runs through the southwestern suburbs and eventually connects Cleveland with Columbus.
Interstate 77 begins in downtown Cleveland and runs almost due south through the southern suburbs. I-77 sees the least traffic of the three interstates, even though it is the primary connector of Cleveland with Akron.
Interstate 90 connects the two sides (the terms "East Side" and "West Side" have deep root in defining this region) of Cleveland, and is the northern terminus for both I-71 and I-77. Running due east/west through the West Side suburbs, I-90 turns northeast at the junction with I-71 and I-490, and is known as the Innerbelt through downtown. At the junction with the Shoreway, I-90 makes a 90-degree turn known as "Dead Man's Curve", then continues northeast, entering Lake County at the eastern split with Ohio 2.
Interstate 480 runs east-west along the southern border of the City of Cleveland and also connects the suburbs of the East Side and West Side. It intersects all three of the above highways, plus it intersects I-271, which serves the eastern suburbs, and I-480 has two connections to the Ohio Turnpike (I-80).
Amtrak - Cleveland is served by Amtrak with a station located on the north end of downtown (near Cleveland Browns Stadium). Unfortunately, most Amtrak routes serving Cleveland arrive and depart in the wee hours of the morning (like in the 1:00 to 4:00 a.m. time frame).
Greyhound offers passenger bus service from many U.S. cities. Buses arrive and depart from Greyhound's Art Deco station in downtown Cleveland on Chester Avenue and E. 17th Street.
Many boaters utilize the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and their connection points as a travel route. There are many marinas and public boat ramps available for this purpose. Also, the American Canadian Caribbean Line and the Great Lakes Cruising Company provide cruises that include Cleveland on the itineria.
Map of Downtown Cleveland and University Circle
Cleveland might be one of the easiest cities in the world to navigate. There are almost no one-way streets, because the city was planned to have "European Avenues" (which resulted in the foresight to make them broad enough for vehicular transportation that couldn't have been imagined in the late 1700s). Traffic is generally not a problem relative to other major U.S. metro areas. Throughout the downtown area, purple signs direct visitors to let you know where you are and what district you are in. The streets that run north-south are numbered, except for Ontario Street (the north-south street bisecting Public Square). Numbered Streets are named as "West", west of Ontario and "East", east of Ontario. The major east-west streets are generally named as "Avenues".
By public transit
Greater Cleveland is also served by a public bus and rail transit system, operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, also known as "RTA". The rail portion is officially called the Cleveland Rapid Transit, but is known by locals as "The Rapid". It consists of two light rail lines, known as the Green and Blue Lines (which extend to the east side suburbs), and a heavy rail line, the Red Line (which connects Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the west side suburbs with Tower City Center downtown and continues to University Circle and beyond). In the late 1990s, RTA added the Waterfont Line, a short track specifically catering to tourists by connecting Tower City Center to the Flats Entertainment District, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Burke Lakefront Airport. RTA is currently installing a bus rapid transit line, coined the "Silver Line", which will run along Euclid Avenue, providing a direct route between Cleveland's primary tourist attractions from downtown to University Circle.
Architecture & Infrastructure
Key Tower, the tallest building between New York City and Chicago, designed by Cesar Pelli.
City of Bridges, particularly view the Hope Memorial Bridge (Lorain-Carnegie Bridge) named for Bob Hope's (the famous actor/comedian and native Clevelander) father, who worked on its construction. The bridge is framed by four art deco pylon sculptures portraying the evolution of forms of ground transportation. In addition to a large number of jack-knife and lift bridges along the Cuyahoga, one of the world's few remaining "Swing Bridges" is still in use, connecting the east and west banks of the Flats entertainment district.
Old Arcade, . Built in 1890 and designed by John Eisenmann. The construction was financed by John D. Rockefeller, Marcus Hanna and several other wealthy Clevelanders of the day. The cost of the project was approximately $875,000 - today it would be impossible to replicate. The inspiration of the project is said to be the Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. Although pedestrian arcades exist in several North American cities, few - if any, compare to the grandeur of the Arcade in Cleveland. The Arcade was the first building in Cleveland to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure features a five-story atrium with extensive metal decorative work. The top floor features gargoyles which circle the entire atrium area. The structure includes the famous skylighted atrium as well as two nine-story towers, one each on Euclid Avenue and Superior Avenue. In the past decade, the structure was renovated as a Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Peter B. Lewis Building, Case-Weatherhead School of Business, designed by Frank Gehry with his trademark undulating metal forms.
Terminal Tower, the centerpoint of Tower City Center, located on Public Square, is the Terminal Tower, built in 1929 as the second tallest building in the world. The building was also constructed as the main railroad terminal in Cleveland and currently serves as the main hub of the RTA Rapid Lines (below the retail mall levels). Go to the Terminal Tower's observation deck to observe the surrounding environs (particularly, Lake Erie, the winding Cuyahoga River, and the juxtaposition of downtown against industrial uses to the south and west).
Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, +1 216 421-7350, . A free art museum offering exhibits of everything from a world-renowned Asian collection, Greek and Roman statue to modern art. Closed on Mondays, open Tu, Th, Sa, Su 10AM-5PM, We, Fri 10AM-9PM.
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, 8501 Carnegie Ave, +1 216 421 8671, . Hours: Tu-Su, 11AM-6PM, Thu, 11AM-8PM., Admission: $4 suggested donation; $3 suggested senior/student admission. Free to all visitors on Friday.
This neighborhood is experiencing an enormous influx of redevelopment that was pioneered by the arts community. Call a gallery to get dates for the periodic Tremont ArtWalk.
Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor St. Often features live music and DJs as well as its art.
Bockrath Gallery. In the Murray Hill School House, home to three floors of galleries, artist studios and artsy shops.
Dick Kleinman Fine Art, 12210 Mayfield Rd. An eclectic mix of galleries from cutting edge works.
Fiori, 2027 Murray Hill Rd. Featuring hand-crafted work. You can take RTA's Red Line Rapid Transit to the Euclid-East 120 station and walk five minutes to the heart of Little Italy.
9th Street Studio, 2173 East Ninth St.
ArtMetro Gallery, 530 Euclid Ave #43
Brenda Kroos, 1300 West 9th St.
Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct.
The Bonfoey Company, 1710 Euclid Ave.
Culture, Heritage & History
Map of University Circle Cultural Complex
Dunham Tavern Museum, a restored inn that served as a resting place and stagecoach stop along "Buffalo-Detroit-Post Road," now Euclid Avenue. Open Mondays and Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm and other days for groups by appointment, this volunteer-run historic site offers a glimpse into the lives of early settlers. 
Lakeview Cemetery, a beautiful setting where many famous people are buried, including President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, Marcus L. Hanna.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, , an inspirational experience for any American who is one or has descended from immigrant(s).
Rockefeller Cultural Gardens, a picturesque winding road, featuring gardens representative of Cleveland's diverse and rich ethno-cultural mosaic and connecting University Circle to I-90 via MLK Blvd.
Temple Museum of Religious Art, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Rd, +1 216 831-3233, . Hours are by appointment only. Admission: donations accepted.
University Circle, . University Circle is located several miles from downtown and can be reached via Euclid Avenue. The circle itself is a large open area that is often filled with frisbee-tossing college students, but its main attractions are the numerous museums, research institutes and schools which surround it. This rich cultural menagerie is surpassed by few places in North America (e.g., perhaps the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.).
Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd, +1 216 721-5722, .
West Side Market, northeast corner of Lorain Ave (western node of the Hope Memorial (Lorain-Carnegie) Bridge) and W. 25th St  an old world produce market directly across the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland's skyscrapers.
Severance Hall - Home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland is a world-renowned showcase of music. World-class music of every genre exudes from this City. In addition to its "Big 5" Orchestra, Institute of Music, and Music Settlement, this is the city were rock music became "Rock and Roll" in the 1950's and continues to be the ultimate acid test for rockers to make it. In the 1960's, the British invasion led through the U.S. gateway of Cleveland. In the 1970's, the James Gang and, just south of Cleveland in Akron and Kent, names like Devo, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Chrissie Hyndes of the Pretenders were spawned. A wide variety of icons, including Elvis, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and David Bowie have claimed if the crowd loves you in Cleveland, you'll make it in the US. Modern rockers like Nine Inch Nails, Tracy Chapman and Marilyn Manson came from here. But let's not forget that Cleveland is also known for its blues, jazz, and roots music. Blues pioneer Robert Junior Lockwood can still be seen in blues bars around town. Whatever your music likings, read on...
Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Ave (Severance Hall), +1 216 231-7300,  and Blossom Amphitheatre in the summer months.
Blossom Music Festival, the sheltered and outdoor amphitheatre in Cuyahoga Falls serves as the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, rock concerts as well as gathering place for the Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor crowds.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, . Located at North Coast Harbor, this distinctive building was designed by noted architect I.M. Pei and houses a massive collection of rock and roll memorabilia. Cleveland was home to the first Rock concert, the term "Rock and Roll" was coined by a Cleveland DJ and many of the music genre's icons used Cleveland as their springboards. As Rock Inductee, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, has been paraphrased - to become a rock star in the U.S., first, you have to be loved in Cleveland.
House of Blues
Agora Ballroom and Theatre, 5000 Euclid Avenue in Midtown Cleveland on Euclid Avenue just west of E. 55th. Intimate, but often high-profile, concert events.
Playhouse Square Center, , the nation's second largest performing arts center presents Broadway Series musicals, national theatrical tours and a wide range of drama, dance and musical programs in its five theaters:
The Great Lakes Science Center and Omnimax Theater
Children's Museum of Cleveland, 10730 Euclid Ave, 216 791-KIDS (5437), . Hours: Tu-Su 10am to 4:45pm (Closed M). Call for special holiday hours. Admission: Members FREE; Adults $6; Babies 11 months and under FREE.
HealthSpace Cleveland, 8911 Euclid Ave, (between E. 89th and E. 90th Streets, near University Circle), 216 231-5010, .
NASA Glenn Research & Visitors Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135, Phone: (216) 433-4000.
A wide variety of activities await you in Northeast Ohio. Whether you are looking for outdoor fun, culture, the fine arts, history, sports, shopping, clubbing and dining - Cleveland ROCKS!
Enjoy a game with the world's best sports fans. Cleveland is home to the longest span of sold out baseball games (5 consecutive seasons in the late 1990s), the largest major league baseball attendance (72,086 on 8/9/1981) and the birthplace of Monday Night Football (9/21/1970). But given its storied sports past coupled with its weathered but dedicated fan base, ESPN named Cleveland the "Most Tortured Sports City". Terms like The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, 2 More Outs will ring in the ears of Cleveland Sports Fans for generations to come. Win or lose, Clevelanders (obviously) just love sports.
Jacobs Field - Home of the Cleveland Indians
Baseball. MLB: Cleveland Indians, . Many consider Jacobs' Field ("The Jake") the gem of the American League (per Travel World International Magazine).
Basketball. NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers, . Home to the "King of the NBA", LeBron "King" James.
Football. NFL: Cleveland Browns, . Someone tried to take away this Football town's pride and joy. But the Browns didn't go to the birds, they're right back in BrownsTown.
Hockey. AHL: Cleveland Barons, . The NHL has been flirting with Cleveland since the original NHL Barons were merged into the Stars. In the meantime, we've been watching exciting minor league hockey.
College. Horizon League: Cleveland State University, .
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission [], every year Cleveland hosts major national and international sports events, for example:
2007 NCAA Women's Basketball Championships - Final Four
2000 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships - 1st and 2nd Rounds
2000 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
1998 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1997 NBA All-Star Game
Cleveland Grand Prix [] every summer Cleveland hosts auto racing on the southern shore of Lake Erie at Burke Lakefront Airport.
Cleveland Marathon [] long-distance runners gather from around the globe each spring to compete in downtown Cleveland.
Mid-American Conference Basketball Championships [] annual championship (of the most underrated college basketball conference) determines NCAA March Madness seed
The Beaches of Cleveland - Edgewater Park
No "mistake" about it! - Lake Erie. The shallowest and warmest Great Lake (with the most vibrant fishery) defines Cleveland's north border and provides many opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming and walks. Cleveland boasts more miles of shoreline than any other city in the world, providing enjoyment from before Memorial Day to past Labor Day for boaters, fishermen and beach bums. Sailers, boaters, waverunners and jet skiers enjoy the lake with marinas, piers and boat launches available all along America's North Coast. Fishing is popular more than three seasons of the year with healthy populations of Walleye and Perch in Lake Erie. In the late fall and early winter, anglers pursue steelhead trout in the many rivers feeding Lake Erie up through Northeast Ohio and into Pennsylvania and Western New York.
Historically nicknamed the "Forest City" (due to a famous description of a highly sophisticated society amid a heavily forested environment in Alexis DeTocqueville's "Democracy in America" (1831)), Cleveland is a great place for outdoor activities. If you think Cleveland is just a "rust belt" city, get out to the nearest Cleveland Metropark. The parks form an Emerald Necklace around the Cleveland metropolitan area, so no matter which direction you go from downtown, you're headed toward a park. Biking, horseback riding, jogging and rollerblading are easily accommodated by the miles of trails (paved and unpaved) encircling Cuyahoga County. In the winter, visitors can cross country ski these same trails. Sitting upon the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Cleveland also provides downhill skiers with slopes throughout the area.
A river winds through it. Rowing crews, canoers and kayakers enjoy the diverse scenery along the Cuyahoga (a Mohawk Native American term, meaning "Crooked River"). The Cuyahoga provides a mosaic of the nightspots of the Flats (dockage available at restaurants and bars), downtown's towers rising up the hill, active industrial remnants of the birthplace of the petroleum and steel industries, pastoral settings and the Ohio and Erie Canal (which in the 1800s provided the connection between the Great Lakes and the Ohio River, ultimately enabling shipping from the Atlantic Ocean (via the St. Lawrence Seaway and the East Coast) to the Gulf of Mexico (via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers)). The Ohio & Erie Canal has been preserved as a core element of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In Ohio's only National Park, walk or ride the Canal Towpath,. The National Park starts 8 miles south of downtown and stretches for miles down to Akron. The Towpath extends from Lake Erie in Downtown Cleveland through the southern suburbs past Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia and into rural Bolivar and Historic Zoar.
Not amused by nature? If you prefer to step up the pace, Northeast Ohio offers world-class amusement parks including Cedar Point (1 hour drive west to Sandusky), Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom (just outside of southeastern Cuyahoga County) and Memphis Kiddie Park (in Brooklyn, Ohio), a small but fun park for the little ones (toddlers to pre-teens).
Case Western Reserve University, +1 216 368-2000, . Tucked inside the University Circle cultural mecca, Case houses Cleveland's premier research institutes.
Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave, +1 216 687-2000, . Cleveland's large state school is nestled next to the Theater District (Playhouse Square) and is a cornerstone of the St. Vincent Quadrangle District. The Levin College of Urban Affairs is ranked in the Top 10 in the US. Over the past century, CSU's law school, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, educated many of the region's renowned judicial and political figures.
Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, 700 Carnegie Ave, +1 800 954-8742, . "Tri-C" has three campuses (downtown, East Side and West Side suburbs). Don't miss it's annual JazzFest.
David N. Myers College, Cleveland, 3921 Chester Ave, +1 216 696-9000, 877-DNMYERS, .
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, 10515 Carnegie Ave, +1 216 231-3300, .
Cleveland Institute of Art, . Visit its galleries and catch an art film at the Cinematheque.
Cleveland Institute of Music, . A leading international conservatory for classical music.
Enjoy your visit, but you'll probably want to stay. Greater Cleveland today is a global corporate center where national and international corporations grow thanks to the area’s strong, diversified economy. In 2006, Cleveland was ranked the best city for business travel on the U.S. mainland (the lower 48 states) by The Economist in its article "The World in 2006 - Where Business is Pleasure".
Five major industries have evolved to become the economic strength of the region: Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering, Biotechnology & Biomedical, Manufacturing and Education. In addition to 11 Fortune 1000 companies, more than 150 international companies have a presence here. Site Selection magazine ranked Ohio as second in the U.S. with the most corporate facility projects and expansions in 2005.
Part of the Cleveland skyline from across the Cuyahoga River
The diverse business climate in the City of Cleveland includes the following Fortune 1000 headquarters (according to the 2006 list):
210 Eaton Corporation, Cleveland - Motor Vehicle/Parts
213 National City Corporation, Cleveland - Banking
Some of the world's largest law firms call Cleveland their home:
Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.
Baker & Hostetler.
Downtown Cleveland is home to Tower City Center, a large urban complex, a retail mall, hotels and the Terminal Tower. The Galleria at Erieview is another complex that includes a popular lunchtime foodcourt.
Shoppers have been flocking to Northeast Ohio since the development of several lifestyle centers have attracted upscale retailers. On the East Side, Legacy Village (in Lyndhurst) has been added to Cleveland's fashion district along Cedar Road (which includes Beachwood Place and La Place in Beachwood). Nearby, Eton Collection (on Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere) provides even more upscale options for shopping and dining. On the West Side, Crocker Park (in Westlake) provides a mixed-use "new town" environment with upscale shopping.
Cleveland's active art community has galleries throughout the area with larger concentrations in Tremont and Ohio City (just across the Cuyahoga River from downtown). Unique boutiques abound in the inner ring suburbs of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and Lakewood. New England charm and "mom-and-pop" shops can be found along the public squares of Western Reserve towns (settled as the Connecticut [ Western Reserve), including Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Olmsted Falls, Willoughby, Medina, Chardon and Painesville.
W. 6th Street in the Historic Warehouse District
Cleveland is host to a wide variety of restaurants and is culinarily much more diverse than an outsider might suspect in the Midwest drawing on large enclaves of ethnic neighborhoods and immigration (Ohio City, Slavic Village, Parma, Hough, Little Italy and others). Certainly, Eastern European food and Soul food are big in a city where Hungarians, Slavs, Poles, Czechs, Bohemians and Southern African Americans were drawn to the steel and automotive industries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; however, recent emigres have spiced up the mix, adding many more influences including Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Puerto Rican and Central American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.
In the mid-1990s Cleveland was in step with the resurgence of the restaurant industry, and has many restaurants on-par with their larger-city counterparts, many of which are located in the Historic Warehouse District, Ohio City, Tremont, the Gateway Neighborhood and along the Restaurant Row in the East Side suburbs.
Today's Cleveland is not merely your Grandfather's sausage and pierogi steel town.
Wilbert's, Live Blues music across the street from the Jake and the Q.
Comfort Inn - Downtown, 1800 Euclid Ave, 216 861-0001, . Centrally located off of I-90 in downtown Cleveland - just walking distance to the Theatre District (Playhouse Square), Jacob's Field, and Cleveland State University. The Flats Entertainment District is nearby, plus, plenty of shopping and restaurants.
Hampton Inn-Downtown, 1460 East 9th St, 216 241-6600, fax 216 241-8811, . Located in the heart of the financial district (E. Ninth Street & Superior Avenue) and midway between the Rock Hall and the Gateway Sports Complex (the Jake and the Q).
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 629 Euclid Ave, 216 443-1000. Located in the renovated Historic National City Bank Building, midway between Public Square and Playhouse Square.
Holiday Inn Lakeshore, 1111 Lakeside Ave, 216 241-5100. Close to North Coast Harbor (Rock Hall, Great Lakes Science Center, Voinovich Park) and on northern end of Financial District.
Crowne Plaza-Cleveland City Centre, 777 St. Clair Ave, 216 771-7600. Across the street from the Convention Center and close to Public Square, the Financial District and Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Embassy Suites-Reserve Square, 1701 E. Twelfth St, 216 523-8000, eastern edge of the Financial District and close to Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University campus.
Hilton Garden Inn-Gateway, 1100 Carnegie Ave, 216 658-6400, easy highway accessibility and close to Jacobs Field.
Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square, 216 696-9200. Located on Public Square, attached to Key Tower, across the street from the Convention Center and near Historic Warehouse District and the Flats.
Radisson Hotel-Gateway, 651 Huron Rd, 216 377-9000. In the Gateway neighborhood, just north of the Q (arena) and the Jake (ballpark) and short walk to Tower City Center.
Residence Inn by Marriott, part of the renovation of the Colonial and Euclid Arcade complex, originally built in 1898, that joins the Financial District to the Gateway Sports Complex. Also, midway between Public Square and Playhouse Square.
Baricelli Inn-Little Italy. Quaint bed and breakfast feel above fine Italian restaurant and next to University Circle (museums, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals).
Glidden House-University Circle. Renovated and expanded mansion in University Circle (museums, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals).
Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, . The Hyatt corporation redeveloped the Arcade into Cleveland's first Hyatt Regency hotel. The hotel occupies the two towers and the top three floors of the atrium area. The two lower floors of the atrium area remain open to the public with retail merchants and a food court. In addition, the lobby and offices are located near the Superior Avenue entrance.
Intercontinental at the Cleveland Clinic. Also close to the Cleveland Playhouse (i.e., not Playhouse Square), the contemporary art museum and University Circle.
Renaissance on Public Square, 24 Public Square, 216 696-5600. Located on Public Square in Tower City Center, near Gateway Sports Complex (attached by walkway), Historic Warehouse District and the Flats.
Ritz Carlton-Tower City, , 1515 West Third St, 216 623-1300. Located on Public Square in Tower City Center, near Gateway Sports Complex (attached by walkway), Historic Warehouse District and the Flats.
Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square, 1260 Euclid Ave, 216 615-7500, fax 216 615-3355, . Located in the heart of one of the nation's most dynamic entertainment districts, just minutes away from four Broadway-style theaters, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Indians' Jacobs Field, the QuickenLoans Arena, Cleveland Browns Stadium and a number of corporate headquarters.
Intel named Cleveland as one of four "Worldwide Digital Community" (with Corpus Christi (Texas), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Taipei, Taiwan. Due to substantial capital investment in support of this distinction, Cleveland will eventually have free wifi access throughout the entire city. In the meantime, most coffee shops offer wireless internet connection.
Cleveland Plain Dealer, . The largest local daily newspaper.
The telephone area code for Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs is 216. Area code 440 serves the balance of the suburbs and parts of the counties abutting Cuyahoga County. Area code 330 serves the rest of Northeast Ohio.
Like most big cities, Cleveland is safe, day or night, for walking in the Central Business District and throughout the suburbs. When driving at night in the city, stay in your car along major urban corridors (like Euclid, Chester and Carnegie Avenues heading east and Detroit and Lorain Avenues heading west). At night, you may want to avoid inner city neighborhoods and the City of East Cleveland in its entirety (in this case, including Euclid Avenue).
East Side Driving Tip
A good rule of thumb is - once an East Side suburban "Road" becomes an Inner City "Avenue", turn around and get directions to Euclid, Chester or Carnegie Avenues. Example: Cedar Road in the East Side Suburbs (where it becomes the "Fashion District") is a really nice corridor, but once it becomes Cedar Avenue in the City of Cleveland proper, you should pick one of the above mentioned roads that run parallel to its north. Similarly, Chagrin Boulevard (which connects the upscale communities of Shaker Heights, Beachwood (including Cleveland's "Restaurant Row" and the bulk of the East Side office market}, Pepper Pike, Orange Village, Moreland Hills, Hunting Valley and Chagrin Falls) turns into Kinsman Road (an "underground pharmaceutical" neighborhood) once crossing into the City of Cleveland proper.
Welcome to Cleveland
West Side Driving Tip
Again, staying on Lorain and Detroit Avenues, I-90, I-71 or the Shoreway (State 2) is your safest bet. However, driving West 25th (which becomes Pearl), State and Ridge isn't all that terrifying. On the near West Side, avoid the Public Housing Projects that abut the vibrant neighborhoods of the Flats, Ohio City and Tremont.
Otherwise, just be smart (like don't get off at the wrong Rapid stop) and as cautious as you would be in your own neck of the woods (e.g., walk with others at night and don't make a wrong turn). Cleveland is a "Tough Town" (as in "hard working" and "resilient"), but it is not unusually dangerous for a US city of its size.
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, 50 Public Square, 3100 Terminal Tower, Hotline 800-321-1004, 216 621-4110, 800 321-1001, Main fax: 216 621-5967, Tourism fax: 216 623-4499, Housing fax 216 623-4495, email@example.com, .
Thornburg Station in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Located south of Cleveland, this park follows the course of the Cuyahoga River and the historic Ohio & Erie Canal between Cleveland and Akron. A number of older buildings are preserved here. The Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad, with train cars from the 1940s and 1950s also runs through the park. Pick up the train in Valley View near Thornburg Station (8111 Rockside Road), a mixed-use retail, restaurant and office complex sitting between the river and canal.
North Coast Beaches. Along the southern shore of Lake Erie are a large number of public beaches. The largest natural sand beach in Ohio, Headlands Beach State Park, is located east of Cleveland, in Mentor. Cleveland Lakefront State Park also includes a large beach at its Edgewater Park, just west of downtown Cleveland. Many other beaches are available throughout Northeast Ohio, including Huntington Beach, Euclid Beach and Fairport Harbor.
Lake Erie Islands. Located west of Cleveland, a group of picturesque and festive islands in Lake Erie are accessible via ferry. In addition to several Ohio State Parks located on the islands, there is plenty to do including wineries, restaurants, bars, marinas and beaches.