Be a tourist without leaving town: Cleveland edition

Be a tourist without leaving town

A few weeks ago, Matt and I visited the Paul Simon: Words and Music Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock Hall would not allow me to spend the night wrapped in the sweet, sweet embrace of all things Paul Simon and we weren’t ready to go home after seeing the exhibit. Instead, we decided to spice things up and pretend we were tourists visiting Cleveland for the first time and it made for a really fun and exciting day.

One of the best things about being a tourist is the excitement of experiencing new things. It’s possible to get the same excitement without spending thousands of dollars traveling to an exotic location, especially if you live in a larger city. Pinpoint a neighborhood you’ve never been to and spend the day exploring on foot. Eat at a restaurant, have a drink at a bar, or buy a souvenir at a locally owned shop.

Whether you live in Cleveland or are visiting from out-of-town, the area has a ton of great food and shopping opportunities. For our “tourist” experience, we walked down Euclid Avenue from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument to Playhouse Square.

Here are the stops we made:

  • Noodle Cat – This is not the ramen you ate in college (or yesterday). I highly recommend the steam buns (they are all equally delicious).
  • Colossal Cupcakes – They’re cupcakes. They’re colossal. They’re delicious. What more could you ask for?
  • 5th Street Arcades – There are tons of little shops and places to eat but my favorite spot was the Sandy Buffie Designs shop that featured, among other things, sculptures made from lint. Lint!
  • pHuel Cafe – Located in the Playhouse Square district, I can no longer pass by here without getting their Ginger Get Well juice. It’s a great motion sickness remedy.

Have you played tourist in your home town? Tell us about it in the comments section. (We’d love to get some new travel ideas.)

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