Niagara Gazette

Tourism

June 13, 2008

LIFESTYLE: Cleveland is a divine time

CLEVELAND — “The Mistake by the Lake” is more like Buffalo than many Western New Yorkers might think.

Like its shoreside cousin to the north, Cleveland has seen several of its best inner-city restaurants (Dick’s Last Resort, Alice Cooperstown) shut down due to financial woes. Just as in the Queen City, a visitor is best served visiting the city’s outer rim and suburbs to find the most entertainment options.

And the same way that decent options can be unearthed in Buffalo, there are some definite gems worth seeing within the city proper.

A recent visit to Ohio took one travel group to a music fan’s mecca and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view religious artifacts. Along the way were discovered several unexpected options that could make the 3 1/2 -hour trip well worth it some weekend.

That will be the focal point of the Close Enough series — trips that aren’t necessarily one-tank getaways yet are within reach (both in terms of distance and finances) as gas prices soar. About once a month through the summer, a profile will appear on a different location that has something to offer travelers.

Does Cleveland, in fact, rock? Let’s find out.

What to do

• ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: The museum is located in the heart of the city’s lakeside district, with several restaurants, Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Great Lakes Science Center within eyesight.

Visitors to the museum won’t be able to avoid being engaged, as numerous interactive exhibits offer something for fans of any musical taste. Listening stations, movies and touch screens line every floor of the six-story museum, allowing visitors to listen to the 500 songs that influenced rock, every single from every inductee and select works of the featured artists on display.

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