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Scenic railroad tours

Those wishing to explore the scenic country surroundings of Cleveland can ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which departs from the city of Independence, south of Cleveland. The trip takes you through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park before heading to Hale Farm and Village and Downtown Akron.

Tel: +1 800 468 4070.
Website: http://www.cvsr.com

Haunted tours

North Coast Ghost Tour operates a three-hour narrated bus tour to 10 haunted sites and places of intrigue.

Tel: +1 216 903 4892
Website: http://www.hauntedclevelandtours.com

Walking tours

Walking Tours of Cleveland provides guided tours, which last two hours. Reservations are required. If walking sounds a bit too strenuous, it also runs segway tours. Downtown is compact enough that you’ll have no problems exploring it on foot without the aid of a tour guide. It’s easily accessible from Public Square at Ontario Street and Superior Avenue.

Tel: +1 216 309 1615
Website: http://www.clevelandsegwaytours.com

Bus tours

Trolley Tours of Cleveland operates tours of the city on trolley buses covering over 100 points of interest, such as Warehouse District, the Flats Entertainment District and the Northcoast harbour.

Tel: +1 216 771 4484.
Website: http://www.lollytrolley.com

Cleveland excursions

Kelleys Island

Located in Lake Erie about 19km (12 miles) north of Sandusky, Kelleys Island is the largest freshwater American island in Lake Erie and offers a tranquil day out of the city.

Attractions include Inscription Rock State Memorial, a limestone rock with pictographs of men and animals carved 300-400 years ago; three hiking trails, sandy beaches and a picturesque and historic Downtown. Kelley’s Island is also very popular with bird-watchers due to the large number of migrating birds that visit it.

The island is accessible by ferry from Marblehead via Highway 163 (total journey time – 2 hours). It is possible to bring a car onto Kelley’s Island, although travelling by foot, bicycle or golf cart is strongly encouraged.

Tel: +1 419 746 2360.
Website: http://www.kelleysisland.com

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Cedar Point began life in the middle of the 19th century as a bathhouse resort on a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie. Soon after, rides were introduced and in the intervening years it has grown into one of the largest ride parks in the USA. Today the amusement park is home to 71 rides and 16 coasters, more than anywhere else in the world. It is a popular destination for coaster aficionados the world over. The newest roller coaster, the Valravn, or "Raven of the Slain", takes its name from Danish folklore. It is the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in the world. Other facilities include a water park, an IMAX cinema, a marine mammal complex and a mile-long beach.

Cedar Point is located 98km (61 miles) west of Cleveland and is accessible by car via Highway 6 or Highway 2. A Greyhound bus service is operated to the town of Sandusky, which is itself worth a visit for its attractive rural setting and Downtown square. Cedar Point is open from May to September.

Tel: +1 419 627 2350.
Website: http://www.cedarpoint.com

Kent State University Museum

Located on the picturesque campus of Ohio's Kent State University, about 30 minutes' drive east of Cleveland, the Kent State University Museum is an unusual institution, which houses an astounding collection of costumes and decorative arts from the 18th century to the present day. Opened to the public in 1985, its collection now includes almost 20,000 items of costume and 200,000 pieces of glassware, as well as fine furniture, textiles and paintings. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Tel: +1 330 672 3450.
Website: http://www.kent.edu/museum

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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.

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.