Getaway Guide: One Tank Trip To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

July 7, 2012 6:00 AM

The most well-known and visited museum in Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame promises an adventure you won’t soon forget. Explore the area, and the legends, with a quick one-tank trip to Cleveland’s most alluring attraction. Make a day out of this visit for a delicious bite to eat, rocking history and all of the ambiance your heart can take.

Getting There

From Canton, jump on I-77 N toward Cleveland. Once in Cleveland, merge onto I-90 on the left toward Erie, Pa. You will follow this road approximately two miles then merge onto OH-2 W by taking exit 174B toward Lakewood. After about a mile, take East 9th Street and follow the signs to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You won’t be able to miss it. A display of guitars surround the entrance.

Stop Along the Way

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D’Agnese’s Trattoria and Cafe and The Lounge at White Pond
566 White Pond Drive
Akron, OH 44320
(234) 678-3612

Just a jog off I-70 to I-77, this restaurant offers a great place for a stop for lunch on the way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy wine tasting, brunch and elegance appropriate for any audience for the perfect pit stop. Nibble cheese and wine, appetizers and fancy entrees as well as simple pizzas, lunches and sandwiches sure to satisfy any hungry passer by. Enjoy ladies’ nights out, Sunday brunches and retail wine nights galore at this delicious area eatery.

Main Event

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-7625

Price: $22 non-member adults/$18 Cleveland residence/$17 seniors 65 and older, and military with ID/$13 children 9 to 12/free members, and children 8 and younger

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is alive with energy and excitement with more than 150,000 square feet, seven floors, five theaters and special exhibits and programs every day. It houses permanent and special temporary exhibits including items that are borrowed from the performer showcased.  From John Lennon’s piano — wax and all — to some of David Bowie’s best costumes, there’s so much not to miss here. Not only does the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame preserve the history of past, present and future rock and rollers, it also showcases country, folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues throughout the centuries.

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The first through fifth floors are a must-see to help develop a true appreciation for the art of rock and roll. With exhibits beginning in the early 1920s, from films and original outfits to memorabilia from various artists, these floors exhibit the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Count on falling in love with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Leg Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen all over again. While a little overwhelming with information and cases of memorabilia, it will leave you with a new-found respect for the music of the past and present. If pressed for time, skip the third floor, unless you’d particularly love to see the curvatures of signatures of the hall’s inductees.

The seventh and final level, which is the smallest floor because the museum is actually a pyramid, houses the temporary exhibits, which are always a must-see. The exhibits change frequently, but popular favorites have included Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Doors. Memorize every fun detail, as photos of the exhibits are not allowed. Learn everything from how rock and roll began to the importance of the Rolling Stones, and expect to spend hours engrossed in tribute videos to rock and roll’s greats.

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Historic Warehouse District
614 W. Superior Ave. 680
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 344-3937

Cleveland’s original neighborhood promises the absolute best in nightlife, fine dining and boutique shopping. Its unique Victorian architecture is sure to please any discerning eye, but it’s the businesses here that really draw the crowds. Grab coffee on a picturesque street full of area bakeries and vendors offering everything from furniture to some of the best wine the area has to offer. Don’t miss out on specialized tours and holiday attractions all summer long right in the heart of Cleveland.

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Mia Bella Restaurant
12200 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 4416
(937) 795-2355

This three-generation family owned restaurant was named after the original owner’s granddaughter, Isabell. Housed in a 150-year-old classic architectural building and offering a European-style seasonal patio, this Italian restaurant takes pride in its delicious homemade foods. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or want to enjoy the beautiful starlit patio, this is the perfect place to grab a bite before or after going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Clifford House Bed & Breakfast
1810 W. 28th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 589-0121

Price: $109 to $159 per night

This cozy bed and breakfast is just minutes from downtown Cleveland and attractions such as The Flats entertainment area on the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland Indians Stadium, Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Historic Warehouse District. It offers rooms to accommodate one to five people, but be sure to ask about private or shared baths with each room. Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and homemade baked goods for a delicious full-service breakfast. Rich in history, this warm and inviting house was originally built in 1868 as a Tuscany-style home with marvelous views of the downtown area.

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