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Signature City Cleveland

Program Number: 17136RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/28/2013 - 9/2/2013; 4/20/2015 - 4/25/2015; 9/21/2015 - 9/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Price starting at: $898.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; Music Appreciation
Meals: 11; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

One of America’s proudest cities is back! Experience the renaissance of Cleveland, Ohio as you visit its cultural treasures and eclectic neighborhoods and meet locals who show you the city’s hidden gems. Follow Cleveland’s story from its Erie Canal heyday to its steel-manufacturing roots and now to its status as a hub for medical research. At Lake View Cemetery, see why nearly half a million visitors come to see this historical, horticultural and architectural masterpiece. Explore West Side Market, visit the world-famous Cleveland Clinic to learn about fascinating new developments, dine in Little Italy, explore Severance Hall and Botanical Gardens, go backstage at Playhouse Square and much more.




Highlights

• Go backstage at Severance Hall, home of the revered Cleveland Orchestra, and at the historic theaters of Playhouse Square, the largest theater complex outside New York City.
• Admire masterpieces at the Cleveland Museum of Art and marvel at the Botanical Gardens’ 13 exquisite specialty gardens.
• Explore the diversity of Cleveland's neighborhoods and develop a new appreciation of the contribution of various immigrant groups.



Activity Particulars

Substantial walking most days, over even terrain. Must be able to board public transportation (bus and trolley) and private motor coach. Stand and explore museums for several hours at a time.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Cleveland

Cleveland is a city of half a million settled on the south shore of Lake Erie. In its industrial heyday, wealthy residents invested in arts and cultural institutions that today keep the city rich in cultural events. The downtown offers some striking turn-of-the-century architecture, and Cleveland is also home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel near downtown, 4th Street entertainment district and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
  Cleveland, OH 5 nights
 Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1460 E. Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114 USA
phone: 216-241-6600
web: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hampton-inn-cleveland-downtown-CLEDTHX/index.html
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact for details Please contact UT - Austin for details.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact for details Please contact UT - Austin for details.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
6:00 PM in the hotel conference room You will be staying at Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at the hotel You will be staying at Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Health and Safety questionnaire and Release and Indemnification Agreement must be completed and returned to the Program Provider at least six weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
There is an additional charge for parking at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cleveland, OH
  Nearest city or town:  Cleveland
  Nearest highway: I-71, 76, 77, 80 & 90
  Nearest airport:  Hopkins International
  From End of Program
  Location: Cleveland, OH
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cleveland Hopkins International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Rapid Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

Take the Red Line to the Tower City stop. Exit Tower City and go up to street level. Walk up Ontario Street North to Superior Avenue. Take a right at Public Square and walk 5-6 blocks to Ninth Street.

 

Cleveland Hopkins International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 - up to 4 riders for one fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

Taxi's available outside the airport terminal.

 

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 - up to 4 riders for one fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

Taxi's available outside the airport terminal.

 

Cleveland Hopkins International

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Rapid Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

At Tower City board the Red Line to the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-71, I-77, and I-90 Eastbound From I-71, I-77, and I-90 Eastbound - Exit at East 9th St., north to Superior Ave. The hotel is on the left, at corner of E 9th and Superior. GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5023592 Longitude: -81.6888917
  From I-71, I-77, and I-90 Westbound From I-90 Westbound - Follow Route 2 and exit at East 9th St., south on E 9th to Superior Ave. The hotel is on the right. GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5023592 Longitude: -81.6888917
  From airport - CLE TAKE INTERSTATE 71 NORTH, EXIT AT E 9TH ST, NORTH TO SUPERIOR AVE. HAMPTON INN DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND IS ON LEFT AT CORNER OF E 9TH AND SUPERIOR. Distance from Hotel: 13 mi. Drive Time: 20 min.
Elevation Note: Cleveland has an elevation of 1100 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required for program participation.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome, Orientation
(Wednesday, August 28)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We will meet in our private hotel conference room. Start off your Cleveland experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff. Your folder will contain the schedule of program activities, meals, and suggested sites to visit during your stay, your name badge, and a map of the Cleveland area. The coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders, define responsibilities of the hotel, and mention safety guidelines and emergency procedures. The coordinator will orient you to the hotel location on maps and discuss program details. Breakfast is at the hotel each day, lunch and dinner are at restaurants around town.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown

Day 2: Cleveland Historical Overview/Western Reserve Historical Society/Severance Hall Tour
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: Take city bus to university circle area for day's activities.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full, hot breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP/PRESENTATION:Travel by city bus to the Western Reserve Historical Society, to get an overview of Cleveland's history from an expert. A major industrial and commercial center on Lake Erie, Cleveland was one of the chief ports on the Great Lakes. Study the early days as a center for steel manufacturing through the current transformation to a service-based economy capitalizing on its museums, cultural attractions and hospital and medical research facilities to regain its stature as a major American city. Discover how the Erie Canal and late 19th century industrialists changed the face of the city. Consider how immigrant groups and political conflict shaped the city’s development. Delve into the city’s past in the Historical Society’s collection of artifacts and restored homes.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the University Circle area.
 Afternoon: Private docent-led tour of Severance Hall, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls. Find out how private donations of money and land, along with the leadership of John Long Severance, resulted in the creation of the visually and acoustically stunning hall. See how recent renovation and restoration efforts have improved and enhanced the hall, while preserving its beauty and architectural integrity. Observe the hall’s combination of diverse architectural styles and learn how it benefits both the orchestra and city. (1 hour tour, some seated but mainly walking)
 Dinner: Continue your exploration of Cleveland’s wide variety of ethnic food traditions, enjoying the diversity of tastes brought to the city by peoples from around the world.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: West Side Market/Tremont Neighborhood/Lunch Cruise/Lake View Cemetery/Dinner in Little Italy
(Friday, August 30)

Note: All-day charter bus tour of different neighborhoods in Cleveland



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full, hot breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: (all day on the bus): Head out by charter bus to the west side of the city to visit the West Side Market, which began operations in 1840. A historian will share information about the market’s operations and how the character of the original building was preserved during recent renovations. Continue on to St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, modeled after churches in Moscow, which ministered to other ethnic groups who had not yet established their own ethnic churches in the early 20th century. Get special access to the inside of the Cathedral to admire its elaborate interior. See other points of interest in the Tremont neighborhood.
 Lunch: Climb aboard the Nautica Queen to float from the Flats on the Cuyahoga River to Lake Erie and along the Cleveland shoreline. Get a new perspective on the city as you view it from the water, while hearing more about the city’s development and enjoying a delicious lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue your day of discovery at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland's Outdoor Museum. Lake View is more than a working cemetery. It is Cleveland's historical, horticultural, architectural and geological gem that 400,000 people visit each year. Our expert-led walk of the cemetery begins at the James A. Garfield Monument, the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States. The Jeptha Wade Memorial Chapel, built in honor of the founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company, is one of the few interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. In addition to a President of the United States, Lake View is the final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, Carl B. Stokes, members of President Lincoln's cabinet, Civil War generals and Revolutionary War soldiers, not to mention 22 Cleveland mayors. A historian will lead us on a bus tour to Cleveland’s cultural gardens, which reveal the history of twentieth-century America through the story of immigrant groups and the conflicts and cultural upheavals of that time. Drive down Millionaire’s Row as you learn more about the lifestyles of wealthy industrialists who influenced many aspects of the city’s culture. (Guided by Western Reserve Society historian).
 Dinner: Savor a delightful dinner in Little Italy, at a family restaurant, before returning to your hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Botanical Gardens/Cleveland Museum of Art
(Saturday, August 31)

Note: Dinner on your own tonight



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full, hot breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by city bus to the Botanical Gardens, where staff members will take you on a trip down memory lane with boathouses, books, and famous White Elephant sales. Archival photographs will highlight the illustrious past of Cleveland Botanical Garden, its history and growth. Appreciate the extensive collection of plants from all over the world as you enjoy the beauty of the gardens on a guided tour. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience in the garden’s Glasshouse, which features birds, insects, plants and animals from the deserts of Madagascar and the rainforests of Costa Rica.
 Lunch: A short walk takes you to the Cleveland Museum of Art in University Circle. You’ll get a box lunch from the newly renovated Museum café before you begin your tour.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: At the Cleveland Museum of Art, museum staff members will tell you about the collections, new exhibition space to be completed in 2012, and the museum’s rich history. Docent-led exploration of the permanent collections will be followed by additional time on your own to peruse the museum's extensive galleries. Marvel at the city’s University Circle area, an idyllic setting that is home to a large concentration of cultural, medical and educational institutions. (2 hours in museum, 1 hour guided)
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice from the many options Cleveland has to offer.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Walking Tour of Public Square/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Farewell Dinner
(Sunday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast: Enjoy a full, hot breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Venture into the downtown area with on a guided walking tour of the Public Square and Mall, the result of an ambitious city planning scheme that combined commercial development with urban beautification efforts. Observe how commercial buildings, public transportation and open parkland are joined in this vibrant central district. Learn about important buildings from the city’s past, and how different architectural styles come together to form the city’s unique skyline. Your walking tour ends at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum documents the entire history of Rock and Roll and its precursors. Explore seven floors of exhibition space with 18 permanent exhibits highlighting the history behind the birth of rock and roll and spanning to today's popular artists. Peruse six special rotating exhibition areas, and six interactive listening exhibits, acknowledging the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. View 126 minutes of film in five different theaters, including the Hall of Fame, a dramatic multi-media gallery on three giant screens to tell the story of Rock Hall inductees. A few of the exciting artifacts include: Lead Belly's acoustic guitar, Buddy Holly's high school diploma, Muddy Water's electric guitar, Otis Redding's plane parts and Les Paul's guitar the "Clunker".
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to continue to explore the Hall of Fame or pursue other interests. There is a café in the Hall of Fame for those who want to stay into the afternoon.
 Dinner: Enjoy a festive farewell dinner as you prepare to bid a fond farewell to your adventures in Cleveland. Join your group leaders at a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel for a special meal.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Monday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full, hot breakfast at the hotel.

The program concludes with our last meal together. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Signature City Cleveland and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden
An exotic new Glasshouse - the only one of its kind in the world; 10 acres of beautiful gardens, including an award-winning children's garden. For additional information, visit www.cbgarden.org
  Cleveland Museum of Art
One of the nation's most preeminent art museums, featuring 6,000 years of the world's great art and significant special exhibitions. For additional information, visit www.clevelandart.org
  Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Today, the Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryToday, is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. Its mission emphasizes scientific research, conservation and education. The Museum offers an extraordinary visitor experience. Permanent exhibits of special interest include the 3 million-year-old human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy,” and the 150 million-year-old Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world. The Museum also features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. For additional information, visit www.cmnh.org
  Cleveland Play House
The longest-running regional theatre in America, presenting a balanced repertoire of new, contemporary, and classic plays. For additional information, visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com
  Great Lakes Science Museum
Great Lakes Science Center, located on the shores of Lake Erie next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is one of America’s largest interactive science museums. More than 400 hands-on exhibits, larger-than-life OMNIMAX films, and live demonstrations make the Science Center an amusement park for the mind!
  Lake View Cemetery
Historic garden cemetery founded in 1869 featuring the Garfield Monument, Wade Chapel and Rockefeller Obelisk.
  Little Italy
First settled in the late 19th century by skilled Italian artisans, Little Italy (also known as Murray Hill) has retained much of its Old World charm and tight-knit sense of community. A blend of art galleries, shops and restaurants, Little Italy offers some of the finest Italian dining in Cleveland. Whether it is pizza or pasta, calzone or calamari, you'll find it in Little Italy's ristorantes. For additional information, visit www.littleitalycleveland.com
  Ohio City
Just across the Cuyahoga River and west of downtown, Ohio City is home to the West Side Market. The landmark, easily identified by its graceful clock tower, is the site of 180 booths offering a tempting assortment of fresh produce, bakery, meats and other specialties from around the world. In addition to a number of incredible ethnic eateries, Ohio City has many lovely renovated Victorian-era homes. For additional information, visit www.ohiocity.com
  University Circle
University Circle, four miles east of Downtown Cleveland in a scenic park-like setting, is the cultural center of the city. It is home to more cultural and performing arts institutions within one square mile than anywhere else in the country. Museums include the highly acclaimed Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Western Reserve Historical Society. The magnificent Severance Hall is the winter home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. For additional information, visit www.universitycircle.org
  Western Reserve Historical Society
The Western Reserve Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and uses its collections, historic sites, and museums to inspire people to explore the history and culture of Northeastern Ohio and place that regional experience within the larger context of state, national, and global history. For additional information, visit www.wrhs.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History


Author: ech.case.edu


Cleveland: A Concise History


Author: Carol Miller and Robert Wheeler


Cleveland: Then and Now


Author: John J. Grabowski & Diane Ewart Grabowski




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