Prior to arriving to Cleveland, I had the assumption that Cleveland was a little old town, (damn near thought it was deserted) with not much to do. Man was I wrong! Cleveland is very much alive, and well populated. Cleveland is actually ranked as one of the largest cities in the U.S. and is the second largest city in Ohio. The city's popularity is on the rise, again (and no, it's not because of Lebron James)! While in Cleveland, we didn't do much of the touristy stuff, instead we hung out with the locals who gave us a tour of their hometown which they had so much pride in.
Westside Market. This market had to be by far my most favorite place to visit while we were in Cleveland, and it's not because me and food have a very deep and loving relationship but mainly due to the pure awesomeness of this market. I have been to many farmers market but never have I seen an indoor market like the Westside Market. From the outside of the Market, you can barely tell that it is a market as it looks like an old train station. However, once inside it's as if you are in another world. The atmosphere is very inviting, the air smells delicious and it's a hell of a site to see even if your not interested in buying anything.
Market Square & W25 Street. After visiting the Westside Market, take a stroll along W25 Street and pick out one of the many restaurants along this strip to grab something to eat. Mitchell's two floor ice cream shop not only sells ice cream but also provides their customers with the opportunity to look into the kitchen to see their staff making ice cream as well as waffles. Lastly, visit the Market Square Park which is right across the street from the Market. Though it is a small park, it is perfect for a five to ten minute rest.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. The Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the downtown area and has 7 floors full with exhibits honoring the best artists of this art form. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame was actually suppose to be in New York City but after a few Ohioans petitioned for it to be in Ohio, the Hall of Fame found it's home in Cleveland. Ohioans argued that a Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed, coined the phrase Rock 'n' Roll in 1952.
Downtown Cleveland. Downtown Cleveland is an up and coming area. It’s has it’s similarities to most downtown areas of major cities with shops, businesses, hospitals, restaurants, bars and clubs. In downtown, one can also find the Terminal Tower. A 52 story building, that encompasses Tower City where you can find offices, the Hard Rock Cafe, a casino, a movie theater, and a shopping mall. This is where we found what we believe to be the only shop that sells Cleveland souvenirs. Lastly, we recommend that you go to the Conventional Center and visit the park located on the top of the building. There you can see a lovely view of the downtown area (it’s even prettier at night.)