Cleveland. City in Ohio, United States

Cleveland

City in Ohio, United States

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Cleveland Skyline from the Flats - Cleveland
Cleveland Skyline from the Flats - Cleveland. Photo by Erik Drost
It has been said in a song before that “Cleveland Rocks” and it is certainly true. Sitting right on the shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a blue-collar (Wikipedia Article) town that has a lot to offer to its visitors. Some might think a city that is based on manufacturing is boring, but those people would be wrong. You won't be bored when you get to Cleveland.

There is currently a population of 33.4% Whites, 53.3% African Americans, 10% Hispanics and 1.8% Asian.

History

Cleveland did not have many residents at all when the America became a country in 1776. 20 years later, however, United States General Moses Cleaveland (Wikipedia
	Article) plotted an area to become what is now downtown Cleveland. In 1814, Cleveland was recognized as a village and grew quickly due to easy access via rivers, lakes and canals. Afterwards, Cleveland became entrenched in the manufacturing industry and was established as a very blue-collar town. This caused people to flock there towards the end of the Great Depression. Suburbs were established and the city grew to its current size.

MJ280003 - Cleveland
MJ280003 - Cleveland. Photo by Martin Johnson

Sightseeing In Cleveland

With a city of its size, Cleveland has a lot to see no matter what you like. The most notable spot to visit in Cleveland is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Wikipedia Article). It's considered that Cleveland is the home of Rock and Roll, and the Hall of Fame has some of the most important artifacts of the music genre's history, including the original lyrics to “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix.

If you want to see art from both America and medieval Europe, then check out the Cleveland Museum of Art. Galleries are always being added and exhibits run throughout the entire year. The Cleveland Natural History Museum also boasts some fine artifacts, including full-sized dinosaur skeletons that were dug up decades ago.

If you are looking to do some shopping, the essential place to go is the West Side Market where dozens of vendors set up their shop. It is here that you can buy almost anything you can think of. From food to ancient paintings, the West Side Market has a lot to offer. For a historical landmark, you can check out the USS COD Submarine Memorial. It was a submarine that was used during World War II and the ship is noted for rescuing American submarines. It is a throwback to how the sailors of World War II lived.

Districts

There are many notable districts of Cleveland. These districts are the Campus (the home of the area colleges and one-level businesses), Civic Center (the heart of downtown with the best hotels, a mall and a casino); East 4th Street (the best district for pedestrian travel and fine-dining, as well as shopping), Gateway (the home of all of the major sporting venues as well as the concert venues), Ninetwelve (the corporate district that has many higher-end restaurants and a solid nightlife, but more of a corporate feel); North Coast (home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the home of the Cleveland Browns and the Science Center right on Lake Erie), Playhouse Square (home of theatrical performances at the Cleveland Play House and the Great Lakes Theater); St. Clair (authentic cuisine from many different cultures, including some of the best Asian food in America), The Flats (home of the Aquarium and high end restaurants) and the Warehouse Districts (the part of Cleveland where most of the turn of the century industry jobs were).

Food

Cleveland has a large immigrant population from Europe and many were blue-collar workers. For this reason, there is a very thick cuisine that people were intended to eat in a hurry as lunch breaks were short in the early 20th century. Italian dishes such as pizza, the pierogi and kielbasa sausage are large staples of Cleveland. New dishes have popped up in recent years as the diversity has grown, so there is a lot to try out in terms of food.

Hotels

There are a few hotels you will want to stay it if you are into the historic inns. The first is the Alcazar Hotel in the suburb of Cleveland Heights. Spanish architecture was the basis of the hotel that was built in 1923. There is a beautiful courtyard inside of the building and it has been the stopping point for many famous people such as Bob Hope and Jack Benny. The most historic hotel in all of Cleveland, however, is the Cleveland Arcade. The entire building itself is not a hotel, but there is one located within the confines. The Arcade is two different large buildings that are connected, and it was built in 1890. The hotel that sits in the Arcade is the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and it is a hot destination, so you will want to book early.

Suburbs

Cleveland and the surrounding metro area is the 28th-largest metro area in all of the United States. With a population of over 2 million, there are plenty of large suburbs around Cleveland. The most notable of all of the suburbs is Parma. While Cleveland has nearly 400,000 people, Parma has just over 80,000. It's not a large city, but there is plenty to offer. The other notable cities with large populations are Lorain, Elyria; Lakewood, Euclid; Mentor, and Cleveland Heights. There is an even spread across a lot of these suburbs, so don’t expect any of them to be as large as some other major city suburbs.

Cleveland Skyline 1 - Cleveland
Cleveland Skyline 1. Photo by Tom Baker. (@mylifeinhdr)

Sports

Cleveland is known as a town that is very passionate about their sports teams. The team that draws the most talk in Cleveland these days is the Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association and they play at Quicken Loans Arena (Wikipedia Article). Another popular team is the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League who play at FirstEnergy Stadium. Finally, Cleveland is also home to Major League Baseball’s Indians, who play at Jacobs Field.

Safety

When visiting Cleveland, you will want to make sure to stick to the neighborhoods that are the safest. The city itself has a fairly high crime rate at 13.84 violent crimes per 1,000 residents each year and 61.84 property crimes. If you are able to stick to the Western end of the city, you will be fine. Fischer Road, Kamms Corner, and Triskett Road are the safest neighborhoods in all of Cleveland with very low crime rates.

Transportation

In total, there are five major airports that are all within 161 kilometers of Cleveland. The closest one, clearly, is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport which is 10 minutes from downtown. The next closest is the Akron Canton Regional Airport but there are fewer flights. In addition, the Windsor Airport in Canada, Erie International Tom Ridge Field and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airportare all within driving distance. The Amtrak railroad system also makes stops in the Cleveland area that can take you to the places you want to be. The traffic isn’t too congested in Cleveland unless you are trying to leave from a Browns' game.

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Author: koreydbeckett. Last updated: Feb 05, 2015

Pictures of Cleveland

Cleveland Skyline - Cleveland
Cleveland Skyline - Photo by Chris Capell

Rock Hall and Cleveland Skyline - Cleveland
Rock Hall and Cleveland Skyline - Photo by Chris Capell

Cleveland skyline above the coal slag - Cleveland
Cleveland skyline above the coal slag - Photo by joiseyshowaa

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