If you wanted to label Cleveland, ‘America’s city of hidden treasures’ may well be it. The city is packed with quirky things to see and exciting activities for all ages. From an abandoned suspension bridge to the world’s largest rubber stamp, you’ll certainly find things to amuse and entertain yourself within Ohio’s busiest city. To really make the most out of the eccentricities of Cleveland and experience all that the city has to offer, as well as discover some amazing hikes and things to do in the city’s surroundings, you’ll need a rental car.
From art galleries over botanical gardens to buzzing markets, there’s certainly something for every sense to feast on in the lively city of Cleveland. The best way to begin your time here is by enjoying a gorgeous view of the world-famous Lake Erie from the appropriately named Lake View Cemetery. Located within the cemetery is The Shoe Tree, which literally is hung with old shoes and therefore is one of Cleveland’s most unique attractions. Also on the premises, you can find the Haserot Angel of Death, who either blesses or curses all those who visit. So, visit with caution!
Continuing with the eerie theme is Franklin’s Castle, Ohio’s most haunted house. Ghosts at the castle have been sighted on numerous occasions and its chilling history makes for an unnerving afternoon’s exploration. This, together with a detailed history of the city and the stunning architecture, makes Franklin’s Castle a must-visit in Cleveland. Another unusual attraction is the Dittrick Museum of Medical History. Not your typical museum, this institution offers a compelling exhibition of medicine and healthcare, with doctor’s offices and hospital rooms. Even if medicine isn’t your thing, you’ll no doubt find something fascinating in this highly accredited attraction.
Another scientific phenomenon is the Warner and Swasey Observatory, an amazing place to witness astronomy and see star constellations. The observatory was built in the 20th century and was donated to Case Western’s School of Applied Science in 1919. For a completely hidden treasure, check out the pedestrian suspension bridge, which is an overgrown and abandoned bridge with a fascinatingly dark history. If you’d rather just see something completely ridiculous, how about paying the world’s largest chandelier or rubber stamp a visit for a photo opportunity?
With the freedom that your hire car offers you, you can easily leave the city and explore some of the surrounding areas. A popular favorite is the Auto-Rama drive-in; a very authentic family owned drive-in cinema, located around 40 minutes out of the city. In case you fancy some hiking, be sure to check out the 33,000 acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park with its 100 miles of trails, or one of the other numerous national parks in the area. With your rental car you can plan the perfect mix of quirky Cleveland attractions and stunning rural hikes.
We at Orbitz offer the best value for your stay in the city, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy all of Cleveland’s eccentricities at your convenience. Besides fantastic rates for your Cleveland car rental, we have a large selection of cars and vehicles available, meaning that we will have the best car for you at the cheapest price possible.