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    Founded in 1796, Cleveland became an industrial town with the opening of the Erie-Ohio Canal that linked the Ohio River to Lake Erie, and the city's vast iron and coal supplies made it one of the most important steel and shipbuilding centres in the country.

    A sprawling mass of oil refineries, mills, and warehouses along the shores of Lake Erie, industrial success poured money into the city and wealthy tycoons built the downtown area. Today, it has outgrown its 'steel town' image and is a bustling city of green parklands and vibrant atmosphere.

    Previously mocked for its heavy pollution, its industrial character has moved beyond the city limits. The downtown warehouses and factories now house trendy clubs and restaurants, while museums, and sporting and cultural events attract many visitors to the city.

    The city boasts a world-class orchestra, a celebrated art museum, lively theatre district, and the restored lakefront area. Neighbourhoods buzz with restaurants and shops, and the Flats, once the industrial heart of the city, is now the booming entertainment and nightlife district of Cleveland.

    Other cultural attractions in Cleveland include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the enormous Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Clinic DOME Theatre, and the professional sports arenas and stadiums of the Gateway District.

    The historic Warehouse District is downtown's oldest commercial quarter and is a National Historic Landmark, with over 70 fine examples of Victorian architecture. The old warehouses are now home to music clubs, galleries and trendy dining spots.

    Some miles out of the city centre are two theme parks with some of the planet's tallest and fastest rollercoaster rides at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, as well as the Six Flags Worlds of Adventure in Aurora.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Cleveland DJ Alan Freed coined the term 'rock and roll' in the early 1950s. Partly for this reason, Cleveland won the fiercely contested honour of become home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, it is meant to be seen as an echo of the energy of rock and roll. The glass and porcelain pyramid-shaped structure is a celebration of the American institution of rock music in honour of those who have had an influential role on modern music.

    There is a permanent collection drawing from the most impressive and iconic rock and roll artefacts, as well as a wide-ranging roster of ongoing and temporary exhibits. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of the music.

    The Museum augments its own massive collection of thousands of artefacts with items on loan from artists and collectors from around the world. It includes exhibits dedicated to the museum's choice of all-time top artists, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, U2 and the Rolling Stones.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum gets particularly crowded on weekends and advance booking is required, especially during the inductions of new artists.

    Address: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland
    Opening time: Daily 10am-5:30pm, until 9pm on Wednesdays; in summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) open until 9pm Saturdays.
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    Great Lakes Science Center

    Located on the lakefront, the glass façade of the Great Lakes Science Center makes it a perfect match to the adjacent glass pyramid-shaped structure of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is one of the largest science museums in the country.

    It has 375 exciting interactive exhibits, explaining subjects such as planet earth, meteorology, sports, music, environment, and technology through hands-on examples. It also contains the region's only OMNIMAX Theatre.

    Address: 601 Erieside Avenue
    Opening time: Daily 10am-5pm (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
    Website: www.glsc.org
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    Cedar Point Amusement Park

    Cedar Point Amusement Park, located in Sandusky Ohio just outside of Cleveland, is a paradise for rollercoaster lovers. Named 'Best Amusement Park in the World' many times over, it is the only park to have four rollercoasters taller than 200 feet (61m).

    It is the only amusement park of its size within hundreds of miles. If those are too high, there are 13 others to choose from, along with dozens of other rides and attractions for all ages. Cedar Point also boasts an indoor and outdoor waterpark.

    On top of this, it has a white sand beach, two marinas, and Challenge Park, which offers go-karts and miniature golf as well as several thrill rides. One of the oldest theme parks in the USA, Cedar Point has been operating since 1870.

    Address: Cedar Point, Sandusky
    Transport: Approximately 55 miles (88km) from Cleveland by car.
    Opening time: Open May to October. General hours 10am-10pm, however hours and dates vary according to season. Check the website for specific times.
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    Progressive Field

    Home to the Cleveland Indians baseball team, Progressive Field is a beautiful outdoor stadium in downtown Cleveland. Voted the best major league ballpark by Sports Illustrated, formerly known as Jacobs Field. Catching an Indians game is a great way to spend a warm summer evening in Cleveland, and true fanatics can take a tour of the stadium between May and September.

    Address: 2401 Ontario Street
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    The weather in Cleveland follows the Midwest seasonal pattern, but is modified quite strongly by Lake Erie, which counters the worst of the summer heat waves and makes for a milder winter season than in other northern cities. Summers (June to August) are warm and humid, with average temperatures between 60°F (16°C) and 82°F (28°C). Winters (December to January) are cold and snowy, averaging between 21°F (-6°C) and 38°F (3°C). Rainfall in Cleveland is moderate and constant through the year.

    Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 13 miles (21km) southwest of Cleveland.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: Taxis, shuttles, and limos operate at the airport. The RTA provides a regular train service between the airport and downtown Cleveland via the Tower City Station. It departs every 15 minutes and takes less than 30 minutes. The train station is on the lower level of the main terminal, while hotel shuttles can be called from the hotel courtesy phones in the baggage claim area. Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft are also available.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, Enterprise, Thrifty, and National. The consolidated car rental facility can be reached by a shuttle bus, which departs from the door across from baggage claim 7.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are available outside the baggage claim level of the airport. Flat rates based on distance are charged, and basic fares are $15 for up to five miles (8km), $26 for up to 10 miles (16km), $36 for up to 15 miles (24km), and $47 for up to 20 miles (32km).
    Fascilities: Facilities include ATMs and currency exchange, restaurants, bars, lounges, an interfaith centre, child facilities, mail services, shops, and tourist information.
    Parking Short and long-term parking is available. Daily rates start at $11 in the brown lot, with curbside valet parking reaching up to $25.

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    Taste of Summer

    For the past 10 years, the city of Cleveland has celebrated its cultural and ethnic diversity with an annual culinary fest par excellence. The city's top chefs step out of their kitchens to compete for the 'Best of the Fest' award.

    Food enthusiasts can eat their fill from a selection of diverse options from seafood to sauerkraut or Irish stew. To help keep things on the boil, the festival also features ongoing entertainment, a beer garden, and sports lounge.

    Venue: Time-Warner Cable Amphitheater
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    Clevelands Irish Cultural Festival

    The three-day Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival celebrates all things Irish, with a variety of world-class music, dancing, theatre, children's activities, shopping, art, and historical exhibits. Many Irish travelled across the Atlantic to make a new home for themselves in the United States and this festival focuses on the preservation of that link.

    Venue: Berea Fairgrounds
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    The layout of the city is an easily navigable grid pattern, meaning that hiring a car will be a simple way to get around Cleveland. The city is served by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), a bus and rail system that offers good service around the city, although coverage in outlying areas is sparse.

    Tourists will want to take advantage of the Bus Rapid Transit's HealthLine, which runs along Euclid Avenue and connects many of Cleveland's popular tourist attractions. Taxis are expensive and must be booked in advance by phone. Ride-hailing apps are also available.

    Cleveland is a huge city with plenty to see and do. Most tourists spend their time in the downtown area, which is home to top attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Progressive Field, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and Jack Cleveland Casino.

    Terminal Tower, the centrepoint of the Tower City Center, has an observation deck that allows panoramic views of the city. For art galleries and museums, Cleveland's East Side is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, The Children's Museum, and the Cleveland Natural History Museum.

    The East Side is also home to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, while the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located on the West Side. Families in Cleveland will not want to pass up the chance to visit Cedar Point Amuseument Park, among the largest in the country and located just an hour outside of the city.

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