Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ohio’s northeastern region rises up from the shores of Lake Erie and blooms with ethnic neighborhoods, the Rock and Roll and Pro Football Halls of Fame and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It stretches beyond suburban areas into rolling hills where highways dissolve into country roads, vineyards and horse & buggy traffic. Basically, people live and create the way they want to here, and it makes for an amazingly diverse, authentic set of experiences.

Thanks to its industrialist forefathers who left the city an inheritance of one of the largest performing arts districts outside of New York and a major collection of world-class art, museums, parks and architecture, Cleveland is a truly sophisticated city minus the pretense and over-priced admission fees. Historic neighborhoods including Little Italy, Ohio City, Tremont are full of local restaurants and bars featuring ethnic foods ranging from pierogi to cannolis. Some of those chefs have done pretty well. Have you heard of Michael Symon?

Cleveland is a place where a renowned orchestra may play the local hotdog joint and an aquarium inhabits an old power station. And the energy is everywhere. So is the renewed pride and a momentum that has rejuvenated Euclid Avenue and Fourth Street, built tons of new lodging in gorgeous, historical building and added sleek, modern architectural wonders from the minds of Frank Gehry, Farshid Moussavi and I.M. Pei.

Beyond the city limits, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun from hiking and cycling to paddling or catching a train ride through a national park.

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