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Things to do in Cleveland

Discover Christmas all year round

Originally used for the exterior shots of Ralphie Parker's house in yuletide classic A Christmas Story, this abode at 3159 W 11th Street was bought by super fan Brian Jones and turned into an exact replica. If that wasn't 'Ohio's Most Weirdest' enough, it's also a museum (tel: +1 216-298-4919; www.achristmasstoryhouse.com). God bless America.

Get on your bike, indoors and out

If it's been a while since your last ride, hone your cycling skills at Ray's MTB Indoor Park (tel: +1 216 631 7433; www.raysmtb.com) before heading out to the outdoor trails around the city. A full list can be found at Clemet Parks (tel: +1 216 635 3200)

Get your kayaks out on the Cuyahoga River

Cleveland is blessed with multitudinous options for those fond of aquatic action, and you can see many of Cleveland's main sights from the Cuyahoga River. 41° North offers courses for beginners in everything from stand-up paddleboarding to sea kayaking (tel: +1 866 529 2541; www.kayak41north.com).

Let down your hair at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum

This museum (tel: +1 216 781 7625; www.rockhall.com) says that it "exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact rock has made on our world". It more than lives up to its statements, with its ever-changing exhibits giving us all a chance to walk among the most important rock and roll artifacts on the planet.

Take precaution at the Contraception Museum

If you've ever wondered how people sought to control their fertility over the last millennia, this mind-expanding collection is for you. Housed at the Case Western Reserve University (http://artsci.case.edu/dittrick/collections/aritfacts/contraception-collection/) it contains a selection of ingenious and often-terrifying contraceptive instruments - from deerskins to mule's ear wax, to the boring old pill.

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Ritz-Carlton Cleveland

Its spot on the top of the Tower City Center shopping mall is more romantic than it sounds, and the Ritz-Carlton is arguably the city’s most luxurious hotel. Midwest chic, if such a thing can be imagined, is the order of the day, with oversized desks, high-class toiletries and views over the city.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside

A former Holiday Inn, this property has undergone recent renovation (completed in 2011). For a good price, you’ll get flatscreen TVs and branded toiletries, as well as a smart location not far from Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown

It’s a budget hotel, but it’s as fresh as many above its station, and you can’t fault the location, which is within walking distance of many places you’re likely to want to visit. Rooms come with coffee makers and there’s even a small fitness room on site.

Embassy Suites Downtown Cleveland

A budget, all-suite option that puts you in the centre of things. Each room comes with a full-size sofa bed if you want to cram a small group in, and also HD TVs and complimentary tea and coffee. Again, you can walk to most of the city's main attractions.

Holiday Inn Express

This inn is constructed in a historic, refurbished bank building in the heart of the downtown theatre district. Centrally located and well priced, it is also popular with sports fans, being within easy walking distance of both Progressive Field and Quicken Loans (Q) Arena. Breakfast and wifi are included with your stay.

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

A good value hotel on Public Square, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is housed in an elegant 1918 building with vaulted ceilings and high-arched windows, and it offers some of the finest accommodations in the city. Its Mediterranean-style restaurant Sans Souci is excellent, and the hotel is conveniently connected to Tower City Center, which offers other good restaurants and a cinema in addition to upscale shopping.