is the second-largest city in the state of Ohio
, United States, and one of the largest cities in the United States. It also serves as the official seat of the county of Cuyahoga, and its metropolitan area is among the top largest ones in the United States. The Combined Statistical Area that is anchored by Cleveland consists of Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, and forms one of the most populated areas in the US.
Cleveland has a convenient location on Lake Erie's southern shores, on the other side of the United States' maritime border, near the iconic Cuyahoga River's mouth. The city enjoys a proximity to both Canada and Pennsylvania.
A stunning blend of ancient and modern architecture dots the magnificent cityscape of Cleveland, featuring structures that date as far back as 1885 and earlier. Some of the ancient structures include the iconic James A. Garfield Memorial building, the busy West Side Market, and the rich Cleveland Museum of Art. Modern buildings like the famous pyramid-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the iconic Fountain of Eternal Life and its surrounding skyscrapers, and the eight Guardians of Traffic bridges are but a few of the landmarks that tourists like to visit. The tall East Ohio Building, the Terminal Tower, the ever-graceful 200 Public Square, and the majestic Key Tower form some of the most modern skyscrapers around downtown Cleveland.
The Cleveland Orchestra and the Playhouse Square are some of the spots where fun activities in the form of art shows and theatre performances can be enjoyed.
Nature preserved in spots like the famed Cleveland Metroparks, the ever-scenic Wendy Park on Whiskey Island, the greenery around the Gordon Park, as well as the Brecksville preservation form a large part of the recreational activity places in the city. Family-themed fun parks provide for activities for the whole family. Wildlife watching in the many national parks, zoos, aquariums, and botanical and cultural gardens are more of the activities to expect in Cleveland.
Cleveland enjoys a continental climate of Köppen Dfa. The winters are extremely cold and snowy, while the summers remain warm and very humid.
Winter has snowfall collecting as high as 47cm across fourteen days on average during the snowiest month of January
. The temperature during the day averages 34.2°F (1.2°C) but drops to 2.3°F (-16.5°C) during the cold nights.
Summer enjoys highs of up to 93.4°F (34.1°C) and lows of 70.3°F (21.3°C), with a daily mean temperature of 77.5°F (25.3°C). Most afternoons may be moderately wet as it rains up to 3.8" (96.5mm) in the rain gauge. Apart from that, Cleveland enjoys a total of 2,280 hours of sunshine on average, all year long.
As much as visitors can tour Cleveland throughout the year, the travel season tends to peak between May
, during the warmest and most humid season of the year. This period also has most of the festivals and events being held in various venues across town, attracting enormous crowds for attendance.
The Parade Circle is held every June
with music and numerous outdoor activities that go on till late into the night. And then in July
, the people in Cleveland gather to have a taste of some of their best local dishes in the July tantalizing Taste of Tremont Festival. The same activities proceed during the July Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. Beer lovers gather for beer, food, and dance during the famous Cleveland Beer Week in October