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View from Lakefront

Downtown is in Cleveland.

Get in

By plane

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, [1]. Cleveland's main airport (IATA:CLE, ICAO:KCLE) 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 $1.75.
  • Burke Lakefront Airport. A small airport right on the shore of Lake Erie that handles private jet, business, and general aviation traffic. A short distance down E. 9th st. from downtown.
  • Cuyahoga County Airport is located in northeastern Cuyahoga County.
  • 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.

By car

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.

By train

  • Amtrak, 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, [2]. Ticketing and station hours: Daily: 21:30 - 13:00. The station is closed between 13:00 and 21:30. 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). Amtrak's Capitol Limited (From Washington, D.C. or Chicago) & Lake Shore Limited lines stop in Cleveland.

By bus

  • Greyhound, 1465 Chester Ave (On Chester Avenue and East 17th Street), +1 216 781-0520, [3]. Station and ticketing hours: Daily: 24 hours. Greyhound offers passenger bus service from many U.S. cities. Buses arrive and depart from Greyhound's Art Deco station in downtown Cleveland.
  • Megabus, West Huron Road and West 3rd St (Stop adjacent to the entrance to Tower City.), +1 877 GO2-MEGA, [4]. Megabus is a low-cost bus company offering service between Cleveland and Chicago via Toledo.

By boat

Many boaters travel the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and their connection points. The Cleveland area has many marinas and public boat ramps. Also, the American Canadian Caribbean Line [14] and the Great Lakes Cruising Company [15] provide cruises that include Cleveland on the itineria.


Old Arcade
  • 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 (now it's the second tallest building in Cleveland). 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).
  • Old Arcade, [16]. 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.

Museums & Galleries

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 751 Erieside Ave (Downtown, Drive north on East 9th St exit until you reach the Hall of Fame. If you drive into Lake Erie, you've gone too far.), +1 216 781-ROCK, [5]. 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. Admission: Adults: $20, Seniors (60+): $14, Children (ages 9-12): $11, Children (8 & under): Free.
  • Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave, +1 216 694-2000, [6].
  • Dunham Tavern Museum, 6709 Euclid Ave, +1 216 431-1060 (), [7]. Hours: W and Su: 13:00 - 16:00.. Dunham Tavern Museum is a restored inn that served as a resting place and stagecoach stop along "Buffalo-Detroit-Post Road," now Euclid Ave. Open M and W, 1PM-4PM and other days for groups by appointment, this volunteer-run historic site offers a glimpse into the lives of early settlers. Admission: Adult: $3, Children (3-12): $2, Children under 3: Free, Groups (15 or more): $2.

Tremont is experiencing an enormous influx of redevelopment that was pioneered by the arts community. Call a gallery to get dates for the monthly Tremont ArtWalk.

  • Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor St (Tremont,), +1 330 304-8528 (), [8]. Hours by appointment only. Often features live music and DJs as well as its art.
  • Doubting Thomas Gallery, 856 Jefferson (Tremont,), +1 513 555-5555.
  • Eye Candy Gallery, 2173 Professor Ave #1 (Tremont,), +1 216 241-2740, [9].
  • Smart T'art Gallery, 2336 West 11th St.


  • 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.
  • Key Tower, the tallest building in Ohio, and between New York City and Chicago for that matter, designed by Cesar Pelli.
  • Cleveland Churches, particularly visit the Tremont district (where the movie, The Deer Hunter, was filmed) and the Church Square district along Euclid Avenue between downtown and University Circle (where you can see a broad sampling of houses of prayer, many of which are currently utilized by their second or third generations of faith). There are also several monumental churches in near east side suburbs of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights along Cedar Road, Fairmount and Shaker Boulevards.


  • Tower City Cinemas, 50 Public Square, +1 216 621-1172 (), [10]. Admission: Adults: Matinees (All shows before 18:00): $5.75, Evenings (All shows after 18:00): $8.25; Seniors (aged 60 and over), College Students (with a current valid Student ID), Children (ages 3 - 12): $5.50; Children (aged 2 and under): Free.


  • Banyan Tree, 2242 Professor St (Tremont,), +1 216 241-1209 (), [11]. Hours: M-W, 11AM - 7PM, Th- Sa, 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-5PM.. Home decor and jewelery designed to an artwork.
  • The Avenue at Tower City Center, 230 West Huron Rd, +1 216 771-0033, [12]. Hours: M-Sa: 10-19, Su:Noon - 618:00.





  • Comfort Inn - Downtown, 1800 Euclid Ave, +1 216 861-0001. 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, +1 216 241-6600, fax +1 216 241-8811, [17]. Located in the heart of the financial district (E. Ninth Street & Superior Ave) and midway between the Rock Hall and the Gateway Sports Complex (the Jake and the Q).
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 629 Euclid Ave, +1 216 443-1000. Located in the renovated Historic National City Bank Building, midway between Public Square and Playhouse Square.
  • Holiday Inn Lakeshore, 1111 Lakeside Ave, +1 216 241-5100. 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, +1 216 771-7600. 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, +1 216 523-8000, eastern edge of the Financial District and close to Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University campus.
  • Hilton Garden Inn-Gateway, 1100 Carnegie Ave, +1 216 658-6400, easy highway accessibility and close to Jacobs Field.
  • Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square, +1 216 696-9200. 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, +1 216 377-9000. 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.


  • Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, [18]. 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 Cleveland Clinic, 9801 Carnegie Ave, +1 216 707-4100, [19].
  • InterContinental, 8800 Euclid Ave, +1 216 707-4300, [20].
  • Renaissance on Public Square, 24 Public Square, +1 216 696-5600. 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, [21], 1515 West Third St, +1 216 623-1300. 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, +1 216 615-7500, fax +1 216 615-3355, [22]. 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.


  • FedEx Kinkos, 1801 East 9th St, +1 (, fax: +1-(216)-589-5823), [13]. Hours: Su: Closed, M-F: 7:00 - 23:00, Sa.: 10:00 - 18:00..

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