Walking about 2 miles total; approximately 2 hours; city streets and sidewalks; periods of standing up to 1.5 hours at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Lunch at Heinen’s will be eaten on second floor; stairs or elevator. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 15 miles; approximately 2 hours total, with stops.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet served daily on the first floor, which will include coffee, tea, water.
In a meeting space at the hotel, we'll start the day with two lectures separated by a short break. A historian from the Western Reserve Historical Society will lead our focus on Cleveland's history. A major industrial and commercial center on Lake Erie, Cleveland was one of the chief ports on the Great Lakes. We’ll study the early days, as Cleveland was a center for steel manufacturing, through its 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. Further, we’ll discover how the Erie Canal and late 19th century industrialists changed the face of the city as well as consider how immigrant groups and political conflict shaped the city’s development.
After a short walk, we’ll arrive at Heinen's Grocery Store, Cleveland's oldest family-owned grocer, where we’ll choose from an array of "grab and go" foods and/or salad bar; bottled non-alcoholic beverages included.
Next, we’ll board our motorcoach for a city exploration, during which our Group Leader will provide informative commentary. Local sites we will see in Cleveland will include some of the buildings that were designed by the famous city planner, Daniel Burnham, such as city hall, the public library, and the train station. We’ll also see the Soldiers and Sailors monument, as well as Lake View Cemetery’s Wade Chapel and the President Garfield Memorial. You may wish to take the narrow staircase up to the second floor of the memorial and look down. We'll then venture to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for independent exploration. The Hall opened in 1995 after winning the national lottery over New York, Chicago, and Memphis. The Hall has the vision of engaging, teaching, and inspiring through the power of rock and roll. The Hall holds archives, and hosts onstage concerts featuring local artists and events for the public.
At a local restaurant, we’ll share small plates, family-style. Non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.