Cleveland, Ohio, has transformed itself, complete with new and refurbished tourist attractions, into a solid travel destination. Besides the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the city is filled with culture, restaurants and amusements. And the Cleveland scene—especially its revitalized downtown—is helping shape its future.
Once the city's tourism and entertainment hub, the Flats is experiencing another redevelopment and changing its look; Phase 1 is complete and new development continues, which will transform the area. The Warehouse District has taken on that role, adding to the tourism scene with trendy dance clubs, restaurants, wine bars and other destinations.
Just across Public Square, fast-developing East Fourth Street has likewise morphed from a dreary side street to the see-and-be-seen district of blues, comedy and dining spots. The Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Museum of Natural History are also well-liked by visitors. The popular Gateway District is home to the stadiums for the Indians (baseball) and the Browns (football), and an arena for the Cavaliers (basketball).
Cleveland looks toward the future, but the city still shows off plenty of links to its past, including busy neighborhoods with more than 80 ethnic groups (and more than 60 languages). Little Italy, Slavic Village, Old Brooklyn, Ohio City and the Tremont area are just a few of the richly diverse neighborhoods that enhance the Cleveland tourism experience.
Cleveland's numerous mechanical bridges (more than any other city in the world) lift, swing and jackknife to let Great Lakes freighters make their way up the Cuyahoga River to the steel mills. These bridges—dazzling when illuminated at night—are symbols of the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude that lingers from the blue-collar days.
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