Located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Eerie is the city of Cleveland in Ohio. Cleveland is the county seat of Cuyahoga, situated approximately 97 kilometers west of the Pennsylvania border. It is also the second largest city in Ohio next to Columbus.
What to see & do
Cleveland is known for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a museum dedicated to some of the most popular and influential artists, producers, engineers, and others who are prominent in the music industry. Situated on the shore of Lake Eerie in downtown Cleveland, the museum is part of the city’s redeveloped North Coast Harbor.
Cleveland’s architecture is also remarkable. The neoclassical City Hall, Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Cleveland Public Library, and Public Auditorium are clustered around an open mall. In the city, the Terminal Tower can also be found; it was the tallest building in North America outside New York City until the completion of the Prudential Tower in Boston in 1967. The Terminal Tower showcases a Beaux-Arts skyscraper. Art Deco architecture, combined with postmodern designs, also creates a beautiful work of art, with the Key Tower and the 200 Public Square as good examples. Ecclesiastical architecture is also an iconic landmark in the city, including the historic Old Stone Church and the onion-domed St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Tremont, as well as the ethnically inspired Roman Catholic churches.
Eight kilometers east of downtown Cleveland is University Circle, a major hub of cultural, educational, and medicinal institutions in the city. Among the most notable are the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. Popular events and festivals held in the city include the Feast of the Assumption in the Little Italy neighborhood, the Harvest Festival in the Slavic Village neighborhood, and the Cleveland Asian Festival in the Asia Town neighborhood.
How to get around within Cleveland
Cleveland is one of the cities in the world that is easy to navigate. The city was planned to have “European Avenues”, resulting to no one-way streets, and making the streets broad enough for vehicular transportation. Compared to other U.S. metro areas, traffic is generally not a problem in Cleveland. The downtown area has purple signs that inform travelers where they are and what district they are in. Excluding Ontario Street, the north-south streets are numbered, named West and East (of Ontario), with Broadview Road as the primary geographic boundary. East-west streets are named as Avenues. Cleveland has a public bus and rail transit system operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The Cleveland Rapid Transit (The Rapid) has two light rail lines, Green and Blue Lines (extending to the east side suburbs), and a heavy rail line, the Red Line (connecting Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the west side suburbs with Tower City Center, continuing to University Circle and beyond). The Health Line bus rapid transit line travels along Euclid Avenue, with a direct route between the city’s major tourist attractions from downtown to University Circle.
How to get there
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, located 13 miles southwest of downtown Cleveland, is the city’s main port of entry via air travel. The city also has three smaller airports: Akron-Canton Airport, Burke Lakefront Airport, and Cuyahoga County Airport. By road travel, the city is accessible via Interstate 71, Interstate 77, Interstate 80/Ohio Turnpike, and Interstate 90. Other freeways that provide access to Cleveland are Interstate 271, Interstate 480, Interstate 490, the West Shoreway, the Jennings Freeway, the Berea Freeway, Ohio 2, Ohio 10/US 20, and US 422. Amtrak also has a station on the north end of downtown, near Cleveland Browns Stadium. By bus, intercity Greyhound and Megabus buses serve the city.
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