Cleveland: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

As traditional as it is innovative, Cleveland has plenty to offer a weekend breaker. Check out these five reasons why you should consider Cleveland for your next getaway.

Hotels to Suit Every Pocket


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Looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful to lay your hat for the weekend? You will find some of the cheapest hotels near Hopkins International Airport. Look for last-minute deals on hotels such as the Cleveland Airport Marriott and the Holiday Inn Cleveland Airport. If you would prefer to stay downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn might suit. If you want to catch a show while you are in town, a stay at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square will place you in the heart of the city’s theater district.

Delicious Dining Destinations

Whether you prefer traditional American comfort food or like to try new cuisines, you will find the ideal eatery in Cleveland. You can check out the Cleveland restaurant A-listers, but highlights to look out include Toast in Gordon Square, XO Prime Steaks on W St. Clair Avenue, and Lola on E Fourth Street. If its awesome desserts that makes a meal shine for you, you will want to head straight to Sweet Melissa on Detroit Road.

Choice of Attractions

Cleveland is not without an attraction or two that will keep you entertained. The only problem you might have is fitting it all in over the weekend. You will want to include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in your travel plans, but make sure that you leave time to visit the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Great Lakes Science Center too. If you still have time to spare, enjoy a stroll around the Botanical Garden and Metroparks Zoo.

Endless Shopping

From vast malls and shopping centers to quirky boutiques and must-see antique stores, Cleveland packs a lot of punch for the die-hard shopper. Even if you just want to pick up a few souvenirs, you will find the city’s diverse retail scene is impressive. Hot spots include the West Side Market on West 25th Street, the 5th Street Arcades on Euclid, and Legacy Village on Cedar Road. Do not miss unique offerings such as Big Fun on Cleveland Boulevard and the Christmas Story Gift Shop on 11th Street.

Outdoor Activities

Despite Cleveland’s hustle and bustle, the city provides plenty of opportunity to escape and experience the great outdoors. Located just 20 miles from downtown Cleveland, the undisputed leader of the pack is the stunning 32,000 acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Enjoy a bike ride along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail or hike to Brandywine Falls and Ritchies Ledges. If you would prefer to stay in the city, try to squeeze in a visit to the beautiful Edgewater Park instead.

Ready to go? You can find all the best deals on Cleveland hotels and flights when you visit Hipmunk. It is where smart travelers go to make their budget stretch further. Perhaps you already know Cleveland like the back of your hand? Share your own travel tips in the comments section below.


Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung places. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places, going to live gigs, and planning her next adventure. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove project.

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