Best Place to Be a 10-Year-Old Again

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail -- Independence

At the towpath-trail entrance near Rockside Road, you can rent a bike for $6 an hour and set off on a peaceful journey along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Granted, the bikes look as if they were dug out of Grandma's garage, but that just adds to the retro charm. The ride alongside the canal's muddy waters offers a trip through a lush landscape just 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Treat yourself at the Carvel ice-cream shop.