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History, Industrial Charm and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-Just Some Reasons to Visit Cleveland in 2024

Cleveland proudly embraces its famous ‘Rust Belt’ heritage. While the days of smoky steel mills dominating the skyline are behind us, the city still exudes a captivating industrial charm. Along the shores of Lake Erie, you’ll find large warehouses, now repurposed into stylish bars, restaurants and galleries.

Explore Ohio City or any of the surrounding neighbourhoods and you’ll immerse yourself in the local scene. Grab a seat, enjoy a pint, and immerse yourself in local life. You may even hear stories about the city’s resilient journey from financial and environmental challenges. Cleveland’s authenticity as a Rust Belt city gives it unique charm.

In 2024, Cleveland is not only a city steeped in industrial charm but also a vibrant hub of exciting events and celebrations. With a total solar eclipse on April 8th at 3:13 pm, Cleveland will find itself in the path of totality, offering one of the longest durations of totality among major U.S. cities. For nearly four minutes, the moon will completely obscure the sun, providing an awe-inspiring celestial spectacle. The unobstructed views from Lake Erie or the city’s lush greenspaces, coupled with special science programming from NASA’s Glenn Research Centre and the Great Lakes Science Centre, make Cleveland an ideal destination for witnessing this rare event.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 9th most visited U.S. National Park in 2022, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024. With over 2.9 million annual visitors, the park is a haven of wilderness, featuring the majestic Cuyahoga River, meandering through forests, valley landscapes, and historic farms. The anniversary celebrations promise to delve into the captivating stories of the valley’s past, inviting visitors to explore through hiking, biking, birding, or a scenic ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Scheduled for completion in late 2024, the $150-million redevelopment of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is set to transform the museum experience. The project includes the addition of new public spaces, an expanded campus, and innovative exhibits that place visitors at the heart of scientific discovery, pioneering a new model for natural history museums.

Meanwhile, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, situated on the shores of Lake Erie, will host the annual induction ceremony in Autumn 2024. This iconic event will bring music’s biggest stars to Cleveland, following the 2023 induction of legends such as George Michael, Kate Bush and Chaka Khan.

Adding to the city’s allure, a new downtown boutique hotel, the Fidelity Hotel, with 97 rooms and a speakeasy-style bar, is set to open its doors in 2024.

Come July, Cleveland will be at the centre stage of sports as it hosts the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games (PAMG). Welcoming over 7,500 athletes from more than 50 countries, PAMG is an Olympic-like sports festival for athletes over 30 years old, featuring nearly 20 medal-contending sports, including track and field, tennis, basketball, pickleball, and cycling. Cleveland’s diverse offerings make it an ideal destination for both the sports enthusiast and the cultural explorer. For more information on these exciting events and more, visit www.thisiscleveland.com.

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