Cleveland November 06, 2018
This Road Trip Takes You To The Most Fascinating Historical Sites Around Cleveland
Cleveland is a community with a fascinating story. This unique city and its surrounding suburbs have been exposed to some of the most unusual happenings throughout history, resulting in a big city with a personality unlike any other. There’s much to see at its most historic sites, and many of them can be visited all within the same day.
For an interactive map, click
1. The West Side Market
As Cleveland's oldest continually operated market, this unique destination is truly stand-out. The land it is built upon has been a center of commerce since 1840, and it has only grown since. The market's 137-foot clock tower is truly a landmark, making Ohio City one of Cleveland's most recognizable neighborhoods.
2. USS Cod Submarine Memorial
The last thing anyone expects to see in Cleveland is a Gato-class submarine, but she sits permanently moored as a museum in our lovely city. This historic submarine was ordered in 1940 and sunk at least 12 enemy vessels during her seven patrols at sea between 1943 and 1946.
3. Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument has been a landmark for ages, and Clevelanders are continually delighted by its beauty. It opened to the public on July 4th, 1894 and it listed the names of 9,000 Civil War veterans from Cuyahoga County. Since its construction, researchers eventually discovered that nearly 150 names had been omitted from the monument, and they've since been added.
4. The Old Arcade
This gorgeous old structure is unlike anything else in Cleveland, and many regard it as the first American shopping mall. Its gorgeous architecture was inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy, and it certainly feels a million miles away from Cleveland. To see some cool photos of this arcade and its younger sisters, click
5. A Christmas Story House
As the most wonderful time of the year approaches, locals tend to take notice of one of the most iconic Tremont homes. This pretty little place reserved its spot in pop-culture history as the home of Ralphie Parker's family in
A Christmas Story. Now a museum, this cozy Victorian takes visitors to a simpler time.
6. St. Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral
This ornate cathedral is an unexpected find in Tremont, and it certainly captivated viewers of the 1978 film
The Deer Hunter. Its parish was organized in 1896 as Eastern European immigrants flooded the area, but the structure seen today wasn't completed and consecrated until 1913.
7. Cleveland Museum of Art
This gorgeous destination helps visitors explore the history of humanity, but it also hides a unique history of its own. This diverse art museum opened in 1916 and has since been regarded as one of the finest museums in the nation. One of its most impressive collections was actually added to by the expertise of Howard Carter, the Egyptologist that discovered Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922.
8. Lake View Cemetery
This gorgeous garden-style cemetery is one of Cleveland's most serene destinations, so it is truly no surprise that many locals choose the site as their final resting place. Many important figures have as well, including the likes of President James A. Garfield and industrialist and founding member of Western Union Telegraph, Jeptha Wade.
9. Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Hidden amid the greenery of Rockefeller Park is a series of ornate structures that almost seem to be the remnants of a lost civilization. They are, indeed, a nod to culture, but these gorgeous gardens have all grown and expanded since 1916. One can effortlessly tour the world without ever leaving Cleveland.
These fascinating sites have contributed to Cleveland’s identity in a magical way, and many of them are lovelier today than ever before. Which of these historic destinations is your favorite? Are there others you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
If you enjoyed this road trip, you’ll probably love this
fairy tale day trip around Northeast Ohio’s castles.