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The Best Hotels in Cleveland + Neighborhood Guide

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The complete guide on the best hotels in Cleveland, aka The Land. No matter your interests, travel style, or budget, there is a Cleveland neighborhood with the perfect accommodation for you. 

Congratulations on your choice to visit the city of Cleveland.  This mid-sized city located in Northeast Ohio has a mixed reputation, and unfortunately ends up being the butt of jokes all too often. 

Your decision to visit means you have excellent taste in beer and food, and that you are able to ignore the negative connotations the city sometimes gets. Those characteristics are valued in Cleveland.

It’s true that the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, and yes, Clevelanders will likely hear about it forever. Being Cleveland though, we ignore the haters and instead use it as fuel to do things like name a beer after it and create a festival called “Burning River Fest”. 

Of course, I would be remiss to not include all the jokes about our sports woes! Go ahead and laugh about those because they are mind boggling and just down-right depressing to even Clevelanders.

Despite all that negativity, Cleveland is truly a great city. For one, it’s located on Lake Erie, with stunning views to rival any other Midwestern city. Plus, a visit to Cleveland is warranted to check out its impressive brewery scene and amazing restaurants. 

There are variety of neighborhoods and hotels in downtown Cleveland and its surrounding areas, so there are plenty of options that are central to the action and near popular tourist attractions. Keep reading for the best neighborhoods to visit in Cleveland, the best hotels in Cleveland, and general travel tips for getting around and things to do in the city.

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Where to Find the Best Pizza in Chicago

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The best pizza in Chicago – from the heavy deep dish hitters to the more local finds in the city.

One of my major goals with my birthday trip to Chicago was finding the best pizza in Chicago. I took the hunt seriously and had pizza every single day I was there, to the glee of my taste buds. I based my pizza journey off of my own research, other bloggers’ tips, and recommendations from locals.

I’d only tried deep-dish pizza a few times at one of my favorite pizza places in Portland, called Via Chicago. I don’t think anything could’ve prepared me for the feasts I had in store once I arrived in Chicago, however.

From having pizza within 30 minutes of arriving to the city, to eating pizza on my way to the airport on my last day, I may have gone a little overboard. It was all in the name of research though! Right?

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Grand Rapids Breweries | A Guide to the Best Brews in Town

Grand Rapids Breweries | A Guide to the Best Brews in Town

A detailed guide to Grand Rapids Breweries, so you can take full advantage of everything Beer City USA has to offer.

I took out the map, tracing my finger from Chicago to the possible neighboring states I could visit for my upcoming birthday trip through the Midwest.

My pointer finger easily fell on Michigan. I started looking at the city names to see if any jumped out at me, when I saw Grand Rapids. It wasn’t a city that rang a bell but one that intrigued me, Grand Rapids – it sounded adventurous, didn’t it?

I researched the city and found that there are some great Grand Rapids breweries and a thriving craft beer scene. I Googled what the place looked like and as soon as those images popping up on my browser, I was sold.

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A History of Class: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Grand Amway Plaza Hotel Review

Looking for one of the best hotels in Grand Rapids, MI The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel may be just what you’re looking for.

I had spent the last 12 hours in transit. First a red-eye flight from Portland, Oregon, then a Greyhound to Grand Rapids from Chicago. I traveled by light rail, plane, bus, and my own feet by the time I stood in front of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, looking straight up in awe.

The hotel is the epitome of grand, with architecture that dates back to the early 1900s, a singular American flag waving in the wind to beckon visitors into its doors. As soon as I stepped inside, it felt as if I had been transported back to the age of The Great Gatsby.

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Postcard from the Streets of Michigan

Street art in Detroit, Michigan

There were two aspects that surprised me about Michigan – the streets were incredibly clean and they were also incredibly colorful. City planning seemed to be spot on, at least for Grand Rapids, and the street art and architecture I found in both Detroit and Grand Rapids were something to note.

I wanted to share a few photos of the funky art and buildings I found in both cities to give you an idea of the wonderful streets I discovered during my recent trip to the state. I walked almost everywhere in both cities, and my walks were made that much more enjoyable because of the interesting finds that were scattered throughout the cities.

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The 5 Best Things to do in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The 5 best things to do in Grand Rapids, Michigan to get the most out of a lovable Midwest City that has so much history, good beer, and art.

I didn’t know what to expect with Michigan, or I should say, the Midwest in general. I wanted to explore a new area of my home country, a new city for my birthday (Chicago!), and discover a few unique all-American locales along the way.

Grand Rapids ended up being one of my favorite stops in my two weeks of travel in the region for a variety of reasons.

This past year has been all about discovering the US from the perspective of a traveler. I’ve loved seeing Montana and Florida for the first time, living in and exploring the Pacific Northwest, going back for family & friend visits to California, and now overflowing memories of my journey through the Midwest.

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