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1.5 days in cleveland

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1.5 days in cleveland

Hi All, we plan to drive from Toronto about 5 on the Victoria day weekend from Toronto and drive to Cleveland, and will be returning Monday evening, my questions are:

How long from Toronto to Cleveland downtown?

2 adults, where should we stay, less than $200 a nite is ok

1.5 days, what can we do to get "max" out of it?

Recommendaiton of restaurants?

thanks, any advice would be awesome.

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1. Re: 1.5 days in cleveland

Not to be rude, but a quick Mapquest search will answer your drivetime question. That said, Niagara Falls is about 4 hours, so add the time from Toronto to Niagara to 4 hours, I believe it is 1.5 hours but it's been a while.

I would hop on Priceline and see what you can get for under $200. Can usually get good deals. I just did a search for downtown Cleveland hotels on Sunday May 20th, and lots come well under $200. The Drury Plaza Hotel Downtown Cleveland is only $119 for the night, and Drury comes with free hot breakfast, free dinner (yes dinner), 24/7 access to soft drink machine and popcorn, and 3 free alcoholic beverages per adult during an evening cocktail hour (note, the selection of drinks is limited, but still) and it has a rating of 9.4 out of 10 based on 106 reviews.

That seems to be a long drive for only 1.5 days, but what to do varies widely based on your interests. If you are a wine conossieur, I would recommend stopping in Geneva on your way down I-90 and heading north to Geneva on the Lake. Lots of bars and wine stuff, plus it is pretty. If you enjoy museums and such, Cleveland has some great ones. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here, we have a top art museum, the museum of natural history, an aquarium, etc. If you enjoy sports, the Indians games are fun (baseball), the Cavs may still be playing (hopefully) at that time, we have an arena football team (plays in same place as Cavs), the hockey season is over but those are fun if you ever come back.

If you are a roller coaster enthusiast, I would suggest you bypass Cleveland and go about one more hour to Cedar Point, the top amusement park in the world (arguably, but definitely in the top 5).

If you like the bar scene, the "Flats" district has undergone tremendous renovation and is a fun place now (as opposed to sketchy). There is a dueling piano bar called "The Big Bang" that is a lot of fun, only $6 to get in.

We have a casino if you like gambling. Little further south (about a half hour) is a horse race track (also has gaming slots, no cards or table games) in Northfield.

We have a tremendous theatre district, Playhouse Square, if you wish to check out a play/show.

So again, maximizing your time is about doing what interests you and is unique (relatively) to our area.

As for restaurants, head to East 4th street (close to downtown), lots of stuff there. Lola is a restaurant that was featured on the Food Network. Forget the name, but a few doors down is a hopping place that has a bowling alley you can bowl while you eat or wait for food. Was very good when I went.

Hope this helps. Anything I mentioned that seems fun, just do a google search and you can find directions. Most of the stuff I mentioned is very close to downtown. Museums are maybe 5 - 10 minutes drive outside of town except rock-n-roll HOF which is downtown. Geneva is probably 45 minutes or so east of cleveland so if that interests you, hit it on your way in or on your way out.

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Not sure if it will work, but here is the link to the hotel search I did. Drury is right near the top (may not work but will try)

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Glidden House is a boutique hotel perfectly located in University Circle to take advantage of the awesome art museum, nice botanical gardens, and Severance Hall. Kimpton Schofield hotel has location in middle of downtown, also nice. If you want an exceptional dining experience, by all means go to the Marble Room. Excellent food and service. On the expensive side, but the beauty and uniqueness of the space is something to be experienced. If you stay at Glidden house, Albatross is a good french restaurant nearby. Walk through Lake View cemetery was cool, and if you have car, driving through mansion filled neighborhoods of Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights along Coventry Road is quite impressive. Have fun.

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I can not imagine driving 6 hours to go somewhere, only have a bit more than 1 day to spend there, and using some of that time to walk through a cemetery....unless someone really famous was buried there....

If you drive through Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights, know where you are going. A couple of turns the wrong way and you will end up in the worst parts of the city. I drove from downtown Shaker Heights to downtown Cleveland once on the "back roads" (normal roads, but avoiding the highway, so city streets) and I was not sure I would make it there alive. Do not drive west of Shaker Heights unless on a highway

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Ok good sir. And I'm sure your recommendations about free popcorn, free soda, and bowling were quite helpful! Good greif, these visitors are from Toronto, not Nebraska. And if they don't have time to visit someplace that's actually in Cleveland, they probably don't have time to visit Cedar Point, either. I'm sure your recommendation to completely bypass Cleveland was quite helpful. "Unless someone famous was buried there"? Wow....How about President Garfield, or Elliot Ness? And please note, that you would have to be a complete idiot to be driving where I was talking about and suddenly find yourself in a ghetto. Anyway, enjoy Cleveland!

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First, a nice hotel with lots of free perks is bad info?

And since the OP gave zero indication about what they are interested in, I gave them a gamut of info. If they like roller coasters, why not recommend the best amusement park on the planet? Already driving 6 hours, 1 more is not that out of the way.

And you are free to recommend whatever you want, but it’s about the most boring recommendation ever. Drive around (with two six hour rides in three days already) and look at houses and walk in a cemetery. Great advice.

I’m hoping you are from this area but your tag says Colorado. If you want ppl to take your Ohio advice, might wanna update your location

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And if you want people to take your advice, stop being so petty as to criticize someone else's suggestions, and demonstrate some actual knowledge of a city that is located in your state. Most important, when someone is seeking suggestions for a trip to a city, it is best to not tell them that they should bypass that city to ride roller coasters in a completely different city. Thank you for your advice. There is no charge for mine.

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8. Re: 1.5 days in cleveland

Hi canuck38,

What brings you to Cleveland and what do you enjoy?

Are you stopping anywhere along the route or are you going straight to Cleveland?

Google Maps says the route should be under 5 hours, but that may increase if you are traveling on a Canadian holiday. (Be prepared for holiday traffic.)

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Yes, because talking about our museums, the theatre district, the sports options, the hall of fame, Geneva on the Lake, the Flats district, the restaurants on E. 4th street is demonstrating a lack of knowledge.

As for Cedar Point, perhaps the person has no idea that it is here. Not like they are running commercials in Toronto for it. So yes, if they are roller coaster enthusiasts, then they should go to Cedar Point.

They did not say why they are going to Cleveland or what their interests are, so I gave a wide variety of options for things in our area, not just downtown.

Two summers ago my family from Miinnesota came to visit for a week. We took them to Cedar Point and it was the highlight of their trip, they came back last summer just to go there and are doing so again this Summer. So yes, I recommend it if one is an enthusiast. I can assure you it is a much better day than walking amongst dead people and sitting in your car looking at houses you can't afford

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10. Re: 1.5 days in cleveland

Finally, someone gets into it on an Ohio forum and neither Beachlady nor I are involved!!!!! Yay for us Beachy!!!!

With that -

Both Pauly and Shaun suggested good options. Lots of options and pick what sounds most interesting. Clearly, we won't ever see Shaun at a cemetery for fun. And we won't see Pauly anywhere else that's also fun. ;-)

From my perspective, based on the Canadians I know and love from the TO area:

I don't think Canadians would care about where an "insignificant," old, US president is buried, nor would they care about old mansions (because they're from Toronto, not Nebraska! ;) No offence to anyone from Nebraska). I also don't think Canadians with just 36 hours to enjoy the area would bother with Cedar Point. But wineries, theatres, sports, museums, great restaurants, nightlife, etc are great ideas. And I would second the Drury Inn. If you've never stayed in one, you wouldn't understand. It's a very NICE option for someone wanting to stay under $200. I'd love to stay at the Hilton, Marriott, Ritz or Renaissance or someplace like The Met at the 9, or the Schofield. But they aren't as affordable as the Drury, and cannot match their amenities for the price. Plus, Cleveland's Drury is in the completely renovated and historic (former) Board of Education building, which is architecturally interesting by itself.

Let us know what you're into, Canuck! We'll be able to give better recs based on things you like and dislike.

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