Visitor stories: Summer 2017
Stories from the Cleveland Visitors Center
By Nicole Canitano
Visitors from all over the world come to Cleveland for a variety of reasons, and we have the distinct honor of greeting many of them at our Visitors Center on Euclid Ave. Downtown. Here's a glimpse into their lives, why they're here, and what they think of our city.
Where are they from?
Detroit, San Antonio, Raleigh, Vermont, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Oklahoma, Grand Rapids, Dallas, Slovakia, France, Pittsburgh, Holland, China, Manhattan, Canton, Indiana, Texas, Los Angeles, Alabama, New York, Atlanta, Columbus, Canton, Hillsboro, Cincinnati, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Northern Michigan, Allentown, Omaha, Arlington, Akron, Boston, Chicago, New Jersey and Australia.
Why are they here?
Baseball, Tom Petty, U2, Billy Joel, Michael Stanley, Queen, the Towpath, annual solo trip, cross country music trip, architecture, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, A Christmas Story House, Garfield’s Monument, USS Cod, Hofbrauhaus, Cedar Point, family reunion, wedding, quest to visit all the counties in the country, Tri-C Jazz Fest, internship, Cleveland Clinic, Bowling Championships, 3rd Annual Fuel Cleveland Motorcycle Art and Photography Show.
A couple from Raleigh are on a lifetime quest to visit every county in the United States. In case you’re wondering (which I know you are), that’s 3,142 total. They like to learn a little about the history in each one, so they headed to the Cleveland Public Library in their quest for knowledge. Lauren was thrilled to help them cross “Cuyahoga” off their list, leaving them with just over 1,571 to go.
I CHEER, YOU CHEER, WE ALL CHEER FOR BASEBALL!
The Land continues to welcome baseball fans interested in taking in a game or two from all over the world. Canada was well represented during the Blue Jays series and were joined by fans from Oklahoma, Grand Rapids and Dallas. Visitors from Slovakia and France were also making America’s favorite pastime a part of their Cleveland experience.
A couple from Washington, DC, came to town with their grandson to celebrate his 21st birthday. His birthday wish was a three-city baseball tour that included Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cleveland. They spent an additional two days here visiting League Park and the Baseball Heritage Museum before heading home.
FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND THE CLE
A couple from Holland made Cleveland a stop on their American tour. They also caught an Indians game and took in other sights. They were very impressed with the wayfinding signs and remarked that our system was the best they had encountered in their travels throughout Europe and the United States.
“A CHRISTMAS STORY”: IT’S NOT JUST FOR CLEVELAND
Apparently, there’s another city capitalizing on the Parker Family’s epic holiday. A visitor from Hammond, Indiana (where author Jean Shepherd grew up), shared that the Visitor Center there hosts several events in honor of the cult classic each December.
SURREY WITH THE LUGGAGE TAG ON TOP
A couple from Surrey, England stopped in on their unusual one-month journey through the Northeast. They arrived by plane in Boston and caught a train to Washington and Philly before arriving in Cleveland. They got here a day before their 6 a.m. Amtrak train to New York so they needed suggestions on how to fill the time. They also needed tags for their luggage and, instead of sending them on a search through Downtown, a Destination Cleveland staff member gave them branded Cleveland tags.
A SALUTE TO VISITORS
A couple from Chesapeake, Virginia stopped in to the Visitors Center to plan their three-day stay in Cleveland. As a former military man, the husband had an interest in history and the U.S. presidents. They planned a visit to Garfield’s home in Mentor, the USS Cod, and Garfield’s Monument in Lakeview Cemetery. They also visited “A Christmas Story” House where, although it wasn’t a Purple Heart, they saw “a major award."
CRUISIN’ AND CANVAS
The 3rd Annual Fuel Cleveland Motorcycle Art and Photography Show brought in some visitors from Detroit. They enjoyed experiencing the city on two wheels and made the comment that “Cleveland has a lot more going on than sports.”
ARE YOU CHECKING THAT, SIR?
A young man from Vermont came to Akron for a wedding. He purchased a bike there and then rode it up to Cleveland, partially via the Towpath. He continued on to Lakewood and through the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. After this ambitious undertaking, he stopped in to the Visitors Center for a walking map to explore the Downtown area before riding back down to Akron.