Right on the shores of Lake Erie rests Cleveland in Ohio. It is a melting pot of cultures, vibrant arts, as well as rock and roll. Whether you’re in need of an exciting taste of city life or hope to explore the waterfront and the many parks the city holds, you’ll likely be surprised by how much variety Cleveland offers. Because it was built on a grid system, navigating the city by car is relatively simple and allows you the most freedom to explore all of its unique neighborhoods.
To get an amazing view of the city, go to the gorgeous art deco Hope Memorial Bridge, which connects east and west Cleveland. Built in the early 1930s, it features a pair of statues that are called the “Guardians of Transportation”, symbolizing technological advances in transit. You can enjoy the view as you drive over it or even walk along the multi-use path that is on the north side of the bridge.
No visit to Cleveland is complete without a little rock and roll. While this music genre is simply a part of almost any radio station today, it swept America off its feet and became a complete cultural phenomenon. Aside from inducting notable artists into music history’s books, like Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tracks the evolution of this music genre with over 50 fascinating exhibits.
Although the city is a manufacturing and healthcare hub, Cleveland shines with natural beauty as well. Cleveland Metroparks is an extensive system of nature preserves in the area. Walking from park to park, you might almost think you’re no longer in a big city. Part of the preserved areas include the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which is Ohio’s largest zoo and home to African lions, Brazilian ocelots, and other exotic animals. If you prefer to enjoy Lake Erie, drive to Edgewater Park for relaxation on the waterfront or even a swim during the summer months.
Grilled cheese for lunch or dinner might not sound that exciting, but that’s probably because you’ve never had one from iconic Melt Bar and Grilled. With a handful of locations in Ohio, this gourmet restaurant has made a name for itself with out-of-the-ordinary offerings, such as the Godfather (lasagna grilled cheese) or the Parmageddon (pierogi grilled cheese). Their extensive menu will please vegans and meat lovers alike.
In general, driving around Cleveland is relaxed and easy, with limited rush hour traffic happening between 7:30am-8:30am. Otherwise, it’s rare to ever hit clogged freeways or streets. The city does experience snowfall in the winters, so if you’re arriving during colder months, be sure to leave plenty of room between you and other cars and to brake gently to avoid skidding.
When Cleveland is calling, a car rental will offer you the freedom and flexibility to see the best that the city has to offer. No matter what car rental class you need, we at Orbitz offer the most affordable rates for your trip.