Cleveland, OH is a relatively short 1.5h flight from my home base in Indianapolis. This was my first time there and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, the city scores a BIG PLUS in my book for preserving and continuing to operate a general aviation airport right next to downtown. You can land a plane at Burke Lakefront (KBKL) and walk to downtown in 10-15 mins. It is awesome!
Second, the downtown are is quite clean, albeit it was completely deserted in the middle of Saturday afternoon. We did not venture much into the downtown area as our main goal was to see the USS Cod (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) but from what I saw, I did not get the feel that the city was in a decline.
We went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (mainly because my son is a Beatles fan) but I did not think it was really all that great (read a lot of hype about it beforehand). The Beatles exhibit was OK – you could see a few cool memorabilia such as the manuscript of the “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” Lennon’s glasses, etc. All in all, most of other artifacts consisted of stage costumes of the various “inductees.”