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Cleveland is located on the shores of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA. You'll see why "Cleveland Rocks" after a visit to the birthplace of rock-n-roll in northeast Ohio. But it doesn't end there, Cleveland is also known for its vivacious art scene, major sporting events and wide range of culturally diverse foods.
Cleveland is characterized by a humid continental climate. Warm summers last from June to September with average highs of around 24-28 °C and lows of 14-16 °C. Winters from December to February see maximum temperatures averaging around or just above zero, while nights average -4 °C to -7 °C. Absolute high and low are 40 °C and -29 °C!
Average annual precipitation is almost 1,000 mm with a fairly constant pattern throughout the year, though somewhat wetter during the warmer months, with sometimes heavy showers combined with thunderstorms after hot weather. Snowfall is possible from late October to early April, though most of it falls from December to mid-March, with around 15 inches (38 centimetres) a month on average.
|Avg Max||-0.1 °C||1.7 °C||7.9 °C||14.4 °C||20.3 °C||25.7 °C||28 °C||26.9 °C||23.1 °C||16.7 °C||10 °C||3 °C|
|Avg Min||-8 °C||-7.1 °C||-2.1 °C||2.9 °C||8.5 °C||13.8 °C||16.3 °C||15.7 °C||12.3 °C||6.4 °C||1.7 °C||-4.2 °C|
|Rainfall||51.8 mm||55.6 mm||73.9 mm||79.8 mm||88.6 mm||94 mm||89.4 mm||86.4 mm||87.4 mm||64.5 mm||80.5 mm||78.5 mm|
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is about 9 miles (14 kilometres) from the central business district of Cleveland. It mainly has domestic flights, though international connections include Cancun, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Toronto and Montreal.
To/from the airport
There are a few trains operated by Amtrak that travel to and from Cleveland.
The port is one of the biggest in the region, but mainly used for bulk transport.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is one of the best in North America and operates a system of a buses and a rail mass transit system. The latter consists of two light rail lines, known as the Green and Blue Lines, and a heavy rail line, the Red Line. In 2008, RTA completed installing a bus rapid transit line.
Most of downtown Cleveland is easily navigated on foot.
Greater Cleveland is expanding its bicycle trails and bicycle paths throughout the city. In addition, the city has numerous bicycle shops, mostly located on the near west side, and a bicycle co-op. For more information on biking in Cleveland, visit the website of Bike Cleveland.
Cleveland is host to a wide variety of restaurants and is culinarily much more diverse than an outsider might suspect in the Midwest drawing on large enclaves of ethnic neighborhoods and immigration (Ohio City, Slavic Village, Parma, Hough, Little Italy, Chinatown and others). Certainly, Eastern European food and Soul food are big in a city where Hungarians, Slavs, Poles, Czechs, Bohemians and Southern African Americans were drawn to the steel and automotive industries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; however, recent emigres have spiced up the mix, adding many more influences including Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Puerto Rican and Central American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.
In the mid-1990s Cleveland was in step with the resurgence of the restaurant industry, and has many restaurants on-par with their larger-city counterparts, many of which are located in the Historic Warehouse District, the Flats, Ohio City, Tremont, the Gateway Neighborhood and along the Restaurant Row in the East Side suburbs. In fact, the area boasts of 6 AAA Four Diamond restaurants, the most between New York and Chicago.
Today's Cleveland is not merely your Grandfather's sausage and pierogi steel town.
There are plenty of bars in Cleveland - most are located downtown.
Hotels are mostly located Downtown, with a few additional East Side options around University Circle, and some properties near the airport on the far West Side. The only hostel in the city is in Ohio City on the West Side. Neighbouring suburbs also provide numerous lodging choices.
|America's Best Value Inn||14043 Brook Park Road||hotel||67|
|Motel 6 Willoughby||35110 maplegrove road Willoughby, OH 44094||HOTEL||-|
|Motel 6 Cleveland - Middleburg Heights||7219 Engle Road Cleveland||HOTEL||-|
There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.
The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.
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