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Walking Downtown

Hi Cleveland! We're coming from Toronto for a visit on Monday, Oct. 22 and will have 2 days to explore. We tend to like to walk around and explore a new city, focusing on the downtown core first. We'll be staying at the Radisson on Huron St. and are interested in hearing some recommendations for possible walking routes. We enjoy visiting shops, historic buildings, iconic locations, markets etc. Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Walking Downtown

Hi! Cleveland's downtown is most vibrant during the daytime as there are lot of workers downtown who go home to the suburbs at night, but the restaurants and nightlife in the E. 4th and Warehouse districts downtown are active well into the evenings. As you are coming on a Monday, be sure to check out restaurant schedules online as some are closed on mondays.

The Soldiers and Sailor's monument on public square would probably be a good stop - you should go through the Arcade (entrance on Euclid) as it is a beautiful historic building as well. The lobby of the Renaissance hotel, on the W side of public square is very beautiful and worth a stop.

Great restaurants in this area include Lola, Greenhouse Tavern, Chinato and Noodlecat.

From inside Tower City center, attached to the Renaissance, you can go to the lower level and take our heavy rail train, the "rapid" as it's referred to here, one stop west to W. 25th (take the Red line westbound), come up the stairs and go to our huge, historic and beautiful West Side Market. The area around W 25th is chock full of things to explore including lots of good restaurants and a few shops. You may want to bring a cooler and get a fridge in your room in case you want to buy some perishable items at the WSM.

This neighborhood is Ohio City. Great restaurants in walking distance of the WSM include Flying Fig, Crop, SOHO, Bogtrotter's sandwich shop.

I would also recommend you checking out Tremont. There are a lot of great little shops and restaurants there - Lilly's Handmade Chocolates is definitely worth a stop on your tour, and it is very close to the old church where the Deer Hunter was shot. Tremont is a great neighborhood you will enjoy exploring, but you will need to drive or cab there.

Great restaurants in Tremont are numerous, and include Lolita, Farenheit, Parallax and Istanbull Grill (turkish) . The new pizza/pasta place down there, Crust, is also getting great reviews.

You might also be interested in taking a ride on the Healthline, a bus that goes east and west down Euclid. There are so many beautiful old churches on this route it would be hard to count them all. You could get off the stop near Gallucci's, an Italian market, and then hop back on and ride back downtown.

Let us know how it goes!

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Thanks Rockandroller1!! You've pretty much planned our time in Cleveland. We'll try to get to as many of the areas as we can. Looks like the weather is supposed to be great there early next week too. We have reservations at Lola but will be looking at other places for lunches etc. Will definitely let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

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Awesome. Keep us posted!

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If you like walking, definitely consider walking from downtown to the West Side Market across the Hope Memorial Bridge. You can check out the art deco "Guardians of Traffic" that grace both the east and west entrances to the bridge. Walk the north side of the bridge for some of the best skyline views of the Cleveland skyline and for views of the Flats (Cuyahoga River Valley). The south side isn't as interesting, but does offer a view of Cleveland's last steel mill.

The West 25th rail rapid is across the street from the West Side Market (read the TA travel article), so you could ride back to Tower City.

RTA day passes are $5. You also could use the Blue or Green line rail rapids from Tower City to visit and explore historic Shaker Square, which has some of the best restaurants in Greater Cleveland, including the Balaton (a personal favorite) for Hungarian favorites.

Don't miss University Circle, which you can reach on the Healthline bus rapid using your RTA day pass. Wade Lagoon is a beautiful walk and the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the best in the U.S. with free admission to its general galleries. Check out the bomb-damaged "Thinker" by the museum's front entrance above Wade Lagoon. It's one of the more poignant legacies of the civil unrest in the U.S. as a result of the Vietnam War.

Also in University Circle, walk by Frank Gehry's Peter B. Lewis Building. On your way, you could dine at L'Albatros, the top-rated restaurant in Cleveland by TA reviewers. Proceed to the intersection of Mayfield Road and Euclid Ave. to view the brand new Cleveland icon, the Museum of Contemporary Art. Proceed up the Mayfield Road hill to Presti's Bakery and Cafe, another TA reviewer favorite, in Little Italy. Proceed back down Mayfield Road to the Euclid and Cornell Road (one block west of Mayfield) to catch the Healthline back to downtown.

Hopefully, more later. Look forward to your trip report!

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If you decide to visit University Circle, 15-20 minutes from downtown on the Healthline bus rapid, you might decide to first visit Lake View Cemetery, one of the best Victorian cemeteries in the U.S., featuring the largest presidential monument and Wade Chapel.

http://www.lakeviewcemetery.com/index.php

http://www.lakeviewcemetery.com/explore.php

http://www.lakeviewcemetery.com/garfield.php

Your visit also may coincide with peak Leaf Turn at the cemetery, a great time to appreciate the cemetery's beautiful landscape. Call the cemetery's office and ask about the status of the fall colors if interested.

Take the Healthline bus rapid to the 123rd St. station for the cemetery's Euclid Ave. main entrance.

http://www.riderta.com/pdf/HealthLine.pdf

Be advised that you would have to walk up hill from Euclid Ave. to reach attractions such as Wade Chapel and the Garfield Monument, the largest of all presidential monuments. Just to the left (northeast) of the Garfield Monument's front entrance, if you look for a tall, white (obviously cleaned unlike many of the cemetery's obelisks) obelisk, you'll find the grave of John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in American history, as measured by percentage of the nation's wealth controlled.

Definitely check the public hours (it often has scheduled events) of the Wade Chapel on the day of your visit and try to visit in bright sunlight to best view its Tiffany stained glass windows. It has one of the best Tiffany interiors in the U.S.

www.lakeviewcemetery.com/wadechapel.php

If you walk uphill through Lakeview visiting its attractions, consider exiting at the Mayfield Road exit and walking downhill (north to the right) to Little Italy, perhaps to Presti's for some after-hike nourishment.

You also could walk along the lakefront, checking out attractions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland's modern icon. The Terminal Tower is the grand dame of Cleveland, especially when lighted at night.

tripadvisor.com/…43248030

The Cod is closed for the season at the end of September, but still might be an interesting walk. The Steamship Mather is open only on weekends through October. Check out Voinovich Bicentennial Park, just north of the Rock Hall, for views of the Cleveland harbor and the inner harbor and Cleveland skyline from the north.

Cleveland's lakefront is only a 10-15 minute walk up East 9th St. from most Cleveland hotels.

If you can get your hands on a Northeast Ohio AAA map, there's an excellent map of downtown Cleveland on the back. Positivelycleveland.com also has printable maps.

Here's another thread that may interest you that discusses a walking tour of downtown. BTW, the House of Blues downtown on East 4th St. reportedly has an excellent Happy Hour.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g50207-i345-k56577…

Here's a travel article discussing Cleveland's public transportation. Note the free downtown bus trolley system.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s303/Cleveland…

The following article provides a great description of several Cleveland icons. Definitely try to visit Soldiers and Sailors Monument during the day so you can see the excellent bas reliefs of the interior, especially the one described in this article. African Americans contributed significantly to the Union victory in the Civil War, and Cleveland's monument is one of the few that recognizes this contribution, certainly reflecting the vision of Cleveland Civil War veteran Levi Scofield, who designed both the monument and its sculptures. Scofield also contributed a significant amount to the cost of the monument.

www.clevelandmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp…

Here's a good website if you decide to visit Shaker Square using a rail rapid from Tower City.

http://www.shakersquare.net/

BTW, if you arrive in Cleveland Sunday afternoon, consider visiting the Terminal Tower observation deck, open only on weekend afternoons.

Enjoy Cleveland!

Edited: 1:07 pm, October 20, 2012
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Many visitors like shopping in Little Italy.

clevelandlittleitaly.com/galleries-shopping/

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