Learn about the renaissance of this Rust Belt city as you discover iconic theaters, gardens and museums, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with insight from local experts.
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Program No. 17136RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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 visual and performing arts and the rock and roll capital of the world. Explore markets, gardens, museums and more, including the highlight of a visit to Cleveland: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.
  • Learn about and celebrate some of the greatest legends in music history at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
George Szell: A Life of Music
by Michael Charry
This book is the first full biography of George Szell, one of the greatest orchestra and opera conductors of the twentieth century. From child prodigy pianist and composer to world-renowned conductor, Szell's career spanned seven decades. Michael Charry, a conductor who worked with Szell and interviewed him, his family, and his associates over several decades, constructs a lively and balanced portrait of Szell's life and work from his birth in 1897 in Budapest to his death in 1970 in Cleveland.
Cleveland: A Concise History
by Carol Miller and Robert Wheeler
Excellent overview of Cleveland's history.
The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest
by R. Douglas Hurt
Cleveland: Then and Now
by John Grabowski and Diane Ewart Grabowski
Cleveland Then and Now features fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. This is a visual lesson in Cleveland history.
The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
by David Van Tassel and John Grabowski
Cleveland's Downtown Architecture
by Shawn Patrick Hoefler
Downtown Cleveland has many architectural landmarks that define this big, proud city on the lake. Most famous is Terminal Tower, the "grand dame" of Cleveland skyscrapers, which was the tallest office building outside of New York City from 1930 until 1967. Other notable high-rises such as the BP building, Key Tower, and the new Federal Court House with its distinctive lighted cornice also dominate the city's beautiful Lake Erie skyline. And then there are the details-the terra-cotta "starburst" motif on the exterior of the Standard Building, the extensive metal decorative work inside the gargoyle-encircled atrium of The Arcade, and the immense stained-glass dome of the Cleveland Trust Rotunda.
Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro
by Leonard Slatkin
Conducting an orchestra is something that is seen as well as heard, but it is quite misunderstood when it comes to knowing what this person actually does for a living. This most mysterious of jobs is brought to life for the music lover as well as for the aspiring maestro in a new book by Leonard Slatkin. He takes the reader to the great concert halls and orchestras, sound stages in Hollywood, and opera pits around the globe. Mr. Slatkin recounts his controversial appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, his creation and direction of summer music festivals, and a shattering concert experience that took place four days following 9/11. Covering everything from learning how to read music to standing in front of an orchestra for the first time, what to wear, and how to deal with the press, Conducting Business is a unique look at a unique profession.

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