Cleveland SightseeingThe Terminal Tower , at 230 W. Huron Rd. and surrounded by Tower City Center, was built 1927-30 and is considered the showpiece of Cleveland's lakefront. The remodeled concourse of this 52-story city landmark contains restaurants, shops, movie theaters and two hotels. The observation deck is open Sat. noon-5 and Sun. noon-4, mid-Apr. to late Dec. Guests can purchase tickets the day of the tour (if available) from the Guest Services desk on the first level.
Trolley and Train ToursCuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers train excursions through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Trips include scenic tours of the valley and round-trip travel to Akron destinations.
Walking ToursStop by the visitor center at 334 Euclid Avenue for a “Walk Cleveland” brochure. It contains a map with details for a self-guiding tour of Cleveland's architecture, public art and other top things to see.
Self-guiding walking or driving tours are good ways to experience the restoration of Ohio City on Cleveland's west side. A separate municipality that was later annexed, Ohio City is a neighborhood of old Victorian houses, many of which now house boutiques, restaurants and antique shops. Most Saturdays in June, July and August, the district hosts music and an urban art market in Market Square. Many of the neighborhood's restored homes open their doors to the public during the annual “Evening in Ohio City” celebration held the second or third Saturday in May. Brochures about the area are provided by Ohio City Inc., 2525 Market Ave., Suite A, Cleveland, OH 44113; phone (216) 781-3222.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The local sales tax is 8 percent. The city lodging tax is 5.5 percent (less in suburbs).
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Cleveland Clinic, (216) 444-2200; St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, (216) 861-6200; University Hospitals Case Medical Center, (216) 844-8447.
334 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114. Phone:(216)875-6680 or (800)321-1001
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Hertz, which offers discounts to AAA members, has a counter at the airport and at 3663 Park East Dr., Beachwood; phone (216) 831-3836 (Beachwood), (216) 267-8900 (airport) or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak station is at E. Ninth Street and Cleveland Memorial Shoreway; phone (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, is at 1465 Chester Ave.
Cabs are available at the Public Square taxi stands or they can be ordered by phone. Rates average $2.75 for the first one-eighth mile and 28c for each additional one-eighth mile. The average fee for waiting is $18-$20 an hour. A $1 fuel surcharge also is added to the fare. Companies include Ace Taxi, (216) 361-4700; Americab, (216) 881-1111; and Yellow Cab, (216) 623-1500.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers bus and train service. Rail service runs from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to the Tower City Rapid Transit Station on Public Square and continues to the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland as well as from Tower City Center to points in Shaker Heights. The Waterfront Line transports visitors to popular attractions Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-midnight; weekends and holidays 9 a.m.-midnight.