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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.
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.
Cleveland can easily be reached by car from the Interstate 71 from Columbus and Cincinnati, Interstate 77 from Akron and Interstates 90, 480 and 490.
Greyhound offers bus connections to other cities in Ohio and beyond.
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.
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The US Postal Service is very good and well priced mail system. There are hundreds of big and small post offices in Cleveland. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.
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