Visit Cleveland

Sabah Drabu

5 mins read

Apr 10, 2024


10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Cleveland

Have you ever wondered where a city could be your travel genie, granting wishes for art, adventure, and amazing vibes? Well, cue the drumroll because Cleveland is about to steal your heart! We’re talking about a place where museums whisper tales of legendary rock ‘n roll, nature beckons with secret waterfalls, and the air is full of harmonious notes of world-class orchestras.

That’s Cleveland! In this blog, we’re dishing out not one, not two, but 10 reasons why you must visit Cleveland and be the star of your next adventure. Buckle up; this ride will be more thrilling than a roller coaster at Cedar Point!

Museums Galore

Let’s kick off this Cleveland lovefest with a bang – or, should we say, with some killer tunes. Cleveland’s museum scene is like a mixtape of cultural wonders. The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame is the headliner and is one of the best free things to do in Cleveland.

The museum has iconic memorabilia, legendary guitars, and the stories behind the beats that shaped generations. But wait, there’s more! The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Great Lakes Science Center add a touch of curiosity to the playlist, and the Cleveland Museum of Art? It’s not just an art museum; it’s a free pass to Monet’s dreamland!

Natural Beauty at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Now, let’s talk nature. Cleveland isn’t just concrete and skyscrapers; it’s a gateway to the great outdoors. Cue the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a green haven only a short drive away. This park boasts 33,000 acres of pure bliss, boasting hiking trails that weave through landscapes from a storybook. Waterfalls? They’ve got nearly a hundred! And when the cityscape becomes too much, the Cleveland Metroparks system is your go-to for a nature fix. Mother Nature, Cleveland-style!

Musical Vibes in Cleveland

Feel that rhythm in the air? Cleveland is a music lover’s paradise. Whether you’re a head-banging rock enthusiast or a refined symphony connoisseur, this city’s got you covered. Catch a concert at the Rocket Mortgage Field House or Blossom Music Center – the venues where music comes alive. And oh, Severance Hall? It’s not just a building; it’s a masterpiece hosting the Cleveland Orchestra, a musical legend in its own right. And don’t forget to pay homage to the gods of rock at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland, where even the architecture sings!

Indulge in Sacred Hour Wellness Spa

Let’s slow things down a bit and slip into relaxation mode. Sacred Hour Wellness Spa is not your average spa; it’s a haven curated by the Zen masters. Sacred Hour Wellness Spa brings Korean Scrub in a Hammam-inspired suite, a magical hour of full-body exfoliation that’ll leave you feeling reborn. After that, stroll to Tribú bar for truffle popcorn, White Sturgeon Caviar, and a Champagne flight. Because in Cleveland, self-care is a sexy, ethical affair!

A Christmas Story Experience

Deck the halls and grab your leg lamps! Cleveland has a Christmas secret – the house from ‘A Christmas Story.’ Step into Ralphie’s world, where the exterior screams nostalgia, and the interior is a recreated time capsule of yesteryear. Toys from Higbee’s window, the chalkboard from Ms. Shields’ classroom, and Randy’s snowsuit – a festive journey down memory lane. And, of course, a pit stop at the gift shop is a must for your holiday haul.

Culinary Delights

Hungry yet? Cleveland’s culinary scene is a feast for the senses. Michael Symon, the food guru, calls this city home, and his restaurants, including Mabel’s Barbeque, are a carnivore’s dream. Little Italy whispers sweet Italian nothings to your taste buds, and Asia Town? It’s a dumpling haven at LJ Shanghai. From Polish pierogies to Hungarian goulash, Cleveland’s kitchens are a melting pot of flavors, ready to satisfy every craving.

Lake Erie: A Great Lakes Gem

It’s time to switch gears and hit the shores because, surprise, Cleveland is a waterfront wonder! Lake Erie, one of the mighty Great Lakes, kisses the city’s edge, and the North Coast Harbor is your VIP ticket to lakeside bliss. Spot the Cleveland Lighthouse in the distance, and rumor has it, in winter, the lake freezes over like something straight out of Elsa’s playbook. Edgewater Park is your go-to for a more immersive lakeside experience, where swimming and lakeside yoga are just the beginning.

Thrills at Cedar Point

Hold on to your hats, thrill-seekers, because Cleveland is the gateway to roller coaster heaven – Cedar Point! An hour away from downtown, this amusement park isn’t just a park; it’s a thrill-seeker’s nirvana. Eighteen roller coasters, a water park, and all of it right on the breathtaking shores of Lake Erie. Cedar Point isn’t just an amusement park; it’s a heart-pounding adventure waiting to happen.

Sports Enthusiasm

Cleveland is where the love for sports runs as deep as Lake Erie! Watch a baseball game on a sunny day with passionate fans rallying behind the Cleveland Browns and major sporting events like the MLB All-Star Week and the NFL Draft turning the city into a sports carnival. Whether you’re into baseball or football or just soaking in the electric sports atmosphere, a visit to Cleveland has your game face covered.

The Heartwarming People of Cleveland

But wait, there’s more! Cleveland isn’t just about places; it’s about faces – the warm, welcoming, and downright delightful faces of Clevelanders. Street art speaks in colors; history echoes through every corner; local boutiques beckon with unique treasures, and European-style Market Halls tease your taste buds. And let’s not forget the locals – the unsung heroes of Cleveland’s charm. Midwestern hospitality isn’t a catchphrase here; it’s a way of life. “Ope, can I just slip past you, please?” is the soundtrack to every Cleveland encounter, making you feel right at home in this city of smiles.

Bonus Reason: CookinGenie Serves in Cleveland

Hold onto your taste buds because we have a bonus reason that’ll make your Cleveland adventure even more delectable – CookinGenie is in the house! Let’s visualize this: you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Cleveland, soaking in the art, music, and culture. Your stomach growls, and that’s where CookinGenie steps in, waving its culinary wand to make your foodie dreams come true.

Who doesn’t love the idea of a fresh, steaming meal prepared just for them, tailored to their exact preferences and cravings? In Cleveland, CookinGenie chefs are the maestros of flavor, the architects of culinary delight, and they’re here to cater to every taste under the Cleveland sun.

Personal chefs in Cleveland know their way around the kitchen and understand your taste buds like a culinary mind reader. Whether you’re craving the bold flavors of local Cleveland cuisine, a comforting home-cooked meal, or an international culinary journey right in the heart of Ohio – CookinGenie has your cravings covered.


This was the ultimate ode to Cleveland, a city that’s not just a destination but an experience waiting to happen. Cleveland is the complete package from museums to nature, music to spas, Christmas tales to culinary delights, lakeside charm to roller coaster thrills, and sports fever to heartwarming encounters. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your tickets for adventure, and let Cleveland work its magic on your travel wishlist. Because every visit to Cleveland is a story worth telling, and you’re the protagonist of your Cleveland adventure!

Sabah Drabu

Co-Founder & CEO

Sabah Drabu is a foodie, engineer, and the Co-founder & CEO of CookinGenie. She created the platform in 2019 to connect local chefs with at-home diners, making hiring personal chefs more accessible. Sabah's idea has evolved into a service people use for parties, vacation rentals, and family gatherings.

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