February 13, 2014
Cleveland's Walkability
Downtown Cleveland is Easy to Navigate on Foot

The city center plays host to 14 hotels and multiple attractions like the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland, all three professional sports venues and East Fourth Street Entertainment District, PlayhouseSquare, Historic Gateway District and the Historic Warehouse District. So, you're literally a hop-skip-and-a-jump from everything you'll need.

According to Walk Score, a popular internet site for ranking pedestrian-friendly cities, downtown Cleveland is considered a "walkers paradise." Most attractions within downtown Cleveland can be reached within a 20-minute walk. Specifically, people in downtown can walk to an average of 10 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in five minutes.

So, don't worry about stuffing your carry-on with that extra pair of walking shoes. Cleveland is high heel-friendly.

In addition to all of that, PCMA's Convene magazine ranked the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland number four on the "Top 15 Convention Centers in Highly Walkable Places" list.  That means that returning to the hotel room for a quick break between sessions is no biggie.

Yellow-clad downtown ambassadors patrol the streets to ensure safety and cleanliness. They give off a Trader Joe's-y vibe, friendly and helpful with directions and other questions.

Public transit helps when the weather is less-than-cooperative. Cleveland's Regional Transit Authority runs free trolley buses on weekdays, as well as nights and weekends.  RTA also operates a rail line from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport every 15 minutes.  The line stops in the heart of downtown, at Tower City Center, within blocks of not only Cleveland's convention center, but other corporate meeting venues as well.

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