Cleveland Travel Guide

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Frank Gehry's building at Case Western (side view)

Frank Gehry's building at Case Western (side view)

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Cleveland is located on the shores of Lake Erie. It's quite a busy town with many things going on. While the actual population of city of Cleveland is quite small (less than 500,000 population), it is only because the land area that encompasses the city limits is very small. Northeast Ohio metroplex is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the country and supports many great things in downtown Cleveland and Univeristy Circle that visitors will enjoy. Cleveland is also an interesting gateway city between the East Coast and Midwest. It is the largest city between New York and Chicago. It has a rich history and a promising future. For American tourists and international tourists alike Cleveland offers an excellent microcosm of America.

In downtown Cleveland you can find one of the main attractions in the city and country; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Where else can you relive the soundtrack of your life? In the museum you can experience over 50 exhibits, dynamic cinema presentations plus the world's largest single collection of rock and roll artifacts. Next door is the Great Lakes Science Center, an interactive museum and IMAX theater for kids of all ages.

Travel south on E. 9th street to Euclid Avenue, go east to E. 14th and Euclid, and you'll find yourself in the heart of the Playhouse Square Center Theater District, the 2nd largest performing arts complex in the U.S., home to the Allen, Hanna, Ohio, State and Palace Theaters, all of which have been restored to the grandeur of days gone by and host Broadway touring shows, the Cleveland Opera and major concert acts. Glitzy complexes like Tower City Center and four new sports complexes, Jacobs Field, the Q Arena, Browns Stadium and CSU Wolstein Center  are testaments to Cleveland's modern big-city status.

East of downtown is an area known as University Circle. Museums and culture are prevalent, and supposedly University Circle is home to the highest concentration of cultural, educational and medical institutions in the world. The attractions surround a beautiful Wade lagoon and park. Attractions include the Botanical Gardens, which feature an indoor rainforest and butterfly sanctuary, beautiful outdoor gardens including a rose garden, Japanese garden, and an award-winning herb garden. Nearby is the free Cleveland Museum of Art featuring Picasso, Ansel Adams, Warhol, a world-renowned Asian art and artifact collection and more. The CMA will be closed for about two years for a major building project for about two years beginning in 2005, so check before you go. Maybe you'll visit the Natural History Museum instead or walk by the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis Building on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Some of the best food in town can be found in Little Italy, right up the Mayfield Road hill from the Gardens.

Also located in the University Circle area are the Cleveland Cultural Gardens which feature dozens of countries themes and sculptures including the latest - a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the India Culture Garden.

While in Cleveland, spend a day in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or visit President Garfield's various site, including the National Historic Site in Mentor, the Garfield Memorial at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland and his birthplace in Moreland Hills. The city is ringed by the Metropark system, called the "Emerald Necklace" because it completely surrounds the county. The Cleveland Zoo and Rainforest are located on the West Side in the MetroParks.

Cleveland has no north side (Lake Erie), and residents divide the city into East and West Sides, divided by the Cuyahoga River. If visiting between Memorial and Labor Days, why not visit one of the North Coast's beaches or go boating on the Lake? Cleveland is a really clean city, probably one of the cleanest in the US, and people are nice and helpful.

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