Everyone knows Cleveland, even people who have never been there. After all, this city has had a huge impact on the United States — and we’re not just talking about Lebron James! This historical industrial powerhouse has undergone a massive transformation in the past couple of decades, and today can rightly be regarded as one of the best travel destinations in the country.
If you’re thinking of paying Cleveland a visit, then this page is for you. Below we’ll outline some handy tips that’ll allow you to get the most from your trip.
Go at the Right Time
We’d say that you can have a great time in Cleveland regardless of when you go, but that wouldn’t really be true (unless you love the cold). The winters in Cleveland can be bitterly cold and snowy, so if you’re not looking to wear five layers at a time, then it’s probably best to avoid going in the dead of winter. Equally, peak summer can be hot and humid, so if that sounds just as bad to you as cold weather, then avoid that period too. The best time to visit is late Spring or late Summer when the weather is just about perfect.
Cleveland isn’t as big as, say, New York City, but it’s still big enough. If you’re only planning on visiting for a few days, then it’s recommended that you stay somewhere centrally located. If you book accommodation at a downtown hotel, you’ll have all of the city’s attractions — and not to mention its fantastic food scene — at your fingertips. There is a range of excellent hotels to choose from, so you should have no trouble finding one that suits your needs.
Walk and Use Public Transport
You’ll likely be flying into Cleveland, but there’s no real reason to rent a car unless you’re planning on visiting other places in the surrounding area. One money-saving tip for when you’re in Cleveland is to use public transport. The network here is extensive and very good, and you’ll save a lot of money compared with taking taxis all the time. In the downtown area, you can just walk around, since it’s pretty pedestrian friendly.
Visit a Sports Game
If a person knows just one thing about Cleveland, it’s that they’re pretty fanatical about their sports. You have to see it to believe it — so go see it! There are plenty of sports teams in the city, but the main ones are the Cleveland Guardians, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Cavaliers. If there’s a game on while you’re there, then make sure you get tickets.
Bring Extra Money for Food
You won’t regret adding a little extra cash to your budget so you can try the city’s delicious food and drink scene in all its glory. You’ll find a lot of great beer and wine, as well as some of the best American food in the country. There are fine restaurants, but you’ll eat just as well in one of the main gastro pubs around the city.