When is best time to fly to Cleveland?
Late spring and summer (mid-May to August) is the best time of year to visit Cleveland, when temperatures are warm and seldom humid, and the city's attractions are bustling with people. This time is also a foodie’s heaven, why not try some tasty treats at the Great American Rib Cook-Off in May or at the National Hamburger Festival in August?
Winter and early spring (January to April) are the least popular times to visit the city. The winter months tend to be cold and snowy, while spring weather is often unpredictable. If you’re budget-minded, take advantage of discounted rates for accommodation and find a cheap flight to Cleveland.
Autumn (September to December) can be the perfect time to visit if you would prefer fewer crowds, as the summer holidays are over and kids are back in school. Don’t expect great things from the weather, days are crisp, while nights can become cool. However, this is the perfect time to book a flight to Cleveland and see the beautiful fall foliage and get into the festive spirit.
Music lovers rock on in Cleveland. Home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, millions of travellers book flights to Cleveland to pay homage to their music icons. But the city has more to offer than music and lyrics.
Sports fans fly to Cleveland every year to cheer on the Cleveland Browns at Memorial Stadium, the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena and the Indians at Jacobs Field. And what’s a game without a brew? Thankfully, the Great Lakes Brewing Company, the state's first micro-brewery, is located nearby in Cleveland. More academic travellers travel to Cleveland for a chance to visit the renowned Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Great Lakes Science Centre.
The Cleveland area has helped boost the Ohio economy as one of the nation’s largest durable goods manufacturing cities. However, like many cities throughout the U.S., Cleveland is also focused on the service sector. Today, the greater Cleveland area is worldwide corporate centre for international companies. Hundreds of business travellers book flights to Cleveland on a daily basis for business conferences and expos in industries including transportation, insurance, retail, commercial banking and finance.
The weather in Cleveland follows the Midwest seasonal pattern, but is modified quite strongly by Lake Erie which counters the worst of the heat waves, and makes for a milder winter season than in other northern cities. Humidity is low, which also contributes to making the summers more comfortable. Rainfall in Cleveland is moderate and fairly constant through the year, averaging about three inches a month.
Getting around Cleveland
The city centre is fairly small, so you won’t have any trouble getting around by foot or by bus. You may want a car if you’re going to visit the suburbs or outskirts of the city, but you won’t need one in the centre of the city.
The main airport is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) which is located nine miles (14 km) away from the city centre.
Cleveland insider information
- Tempt yourself with a taste of Cleveland. Held annually in August and September, the Taste of Cleveland is a culinary festival that brings together the city's top chefs and food enthusiasts. Taste titbits from the local flare and also some interesting new creations as chefs compete for the "Best of the 'Fest" award.
- The Slavic Village Harvest Festival is held every August and is one of Cleveland's favourite street fairs. The festival is held in the heart of the city's historic 'Warszawa' neighbourhood, which is home to one of the largest Polish-American communities in the country. The festival brings together the history, traditions, music and food of the Polish community. Visitors are invited to taste the food and attempt the polka.