"Society for Savings" Building (1889)
Cleveland's first important "skyscraper" was this notable 152 ft structure designed by the Chicago based firm of Burnham and Root. Principle architect John Wellborn Root was a great admirer of the "gothic style" and sought to incorporate it in his buildings, even when they were intended to be used as banks and businesses. This graceful edifice is now part of the Key Bank complex, located right in the center of the city at Public Square.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - 1 Key Plaza - Cleveland -
(800) 493.ROLL -
10:00AM to 5:30PM except on Wednesday 10:00AM to 9:00PM -
Price : 15$ + 5$ parking.
It is forbiden to take photograph and video. A great museum with plenty of photographs, relics, stage costumes, scores.
You can watch ancient TV report or listen to Rock & Roll songs.
The Rock & Roll music seems only a US phenomenom.
Fortunatly, the museum knows the Beatles and dedicates an exibit about John Lennon. Do not search other European singers, French especially : they are not here.
An artistic city.
As I've written in another tip, Cleveland, as it seems to me, is a secretly artistic town. There are so very many talented artists here, but it doesn't seem to "show on the surface", but those folks are slowly but surely helping to change Cleveland, in these post-industrial days. The arts scene is active here, but it's a shame that more people that live here don't get involved more in it all. Maybe there's still too much of an underground nature to some of it. Anyway, if you're coming for a visit to Cleveland, I so very highly recommend doing some research for arts events to get yourself to! It's part of experiencing a big aspect of Cleveland's changing culture and lifestyles. There are a lot of art shows, galleries, art events and the like, music performances, and so much else, all over the city. You'll see throughout many neighborhoods, districts, and downtown: sculptures, monuments, galleries and gallery events, museums, painted bridges, murals, etcetera. The arts scene is definitely continuing to enhance Cleveland culture, so I highly recommend dipping your toes into it , so to speak! ;)
Here's some websites to peruse if you are interested in experiencing the arts scene:
www.clevelandpublicart.org; http://www.artistschair.com/; http://www.cleveland.com/arts/
Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway.
The CLB takes you through roughly 15 miles of lakefront territory. You can access it from E9th St. downtown (past the intersections; via N Marginal Rd) and it ends at historic E185th St. Most of the CLB is Lakeshore Blvd; signs are posted so keep an eye out for them to remind you that you're on the trail; it feeds into Lakeshore after you get past the lakefront state parks. It's not a very hilly trail, but there are inclines; none too steep, though. Even though, I'm skeptical of recommending this trail for easy-going/beginner cyclists, because the lake winds can be quite whipping; thus, difficult to pedal through.
It's a largely scenic trail and takes you very close to the lake shore, most of the way. It's a moderately safe trail because you are skirting the east side neighborhoods, but it's not entirely safe, so ride with caution at night; ideally have someone else with you. As you get past the section that runs through the Villiage of Brahtenal, you're deep in the east side, which can be dangerous. I'd avoid it altogether at night, personally.
The trail is paved and illuminated; payphones are at some smaller parks. Mainly, a helmet and windbreaker.
Maybe some cyclist's gloves because of the temps if the wind makes the lakeshore area cool.
If you end up staying at the Holiday Inn Select (it's right near the harbour and Rock and Roll hall of Fame) I suggest that if you want a great view of the harbour and Rock and Roll Hall of fame you should go to the top of the car park, it's especially beautiful at night when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has all sorts of lights lit up it'd be a great picture.