Ohio is an important swing state when it comes to the presidential election, as well as the birthplace of eight former U.S. presidents, such as Willliam McKinley and Warren G. Harding. And for the third time in American history, politicians from all over the country will flock to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention on July 18.
When voting isn’t in session, make the most of your time in this city with quite a past. Stay overnight at a 20th-century French Gothic mansion, dine inside a former speakeasy from the Prohibition era, and witness gravestone art at a historic cemetery. Keep reading for more Cleveland spots you don’t want to miss while there—especially if you’re a politico looking for a history fix.
West Side MarketLocated in the historic neighborhood of Ohio City, this shopping center is the oldest operating public market in all of Cleveland. When the high-ceiling industrial space opened its doors in 1902, it had over 100 stands selling a range of produce and goods, similar to the number of vendors that serve customers there today. This international foodie hub sells everything imaginable—from homemade Monk cakes at Cake Royale to traditional bratwurst sandwiches at Frank’s Bratwurst. And with so many businesses available on a daily basis, you’ll never run out of options.Photo by Christina Saull
Visitors can check out permanent exhibitions, like “The Beatles” and “The Roots of Rock and Roll,” along with events such as artist interviews, film screenings, and live performances. Another reason you should go? Visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is free during the RNC.
Housed inside a mansion built in 1910, this 60-room boutique hotel was purchased and reopened as the Glidden House in the late 20th century. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and shows its age through original red brick and French Gothic architecture. Not only does the Glidden House embody history, but so do the surrounding attractions—from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to the Western Reserve Historical Society, both five minutes down the road from the hotel.Photo by docbadger1/Flickr
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