Cleveland Lands on National Geographic's List of 21 Best Trips for 2018


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If there's one thing we're known for, we like to say, it's the near-ubiquitous gas porch lights you'll find all around the city. If there are two things we're known for, it's those gas porch lights and getting ebulliently joyful when we're included on lists. Which means today is a great day.

Cleveland was one of 21 cities included in National Geographic's list of of best worldwide trips for 2018, taking a spot on a list alongside Sydney, Australia; Oaxaca, Mexico; Vienna, Austria; Dublin, Ireland and other international destinations. The list is split into thirds — Cities, Nature and Culture, the latter category where Cleveland was included.

We haven't seen a print edition yet, but the PD got its hands on one (and put the news on the front page). This is how the Cleveland entry begins: "Onion-domed churches and cold-brew cafes on streets a-flicker with gas porch lights might summon images of Krakow or Budapest. But this is Cleveland. The big-boned Ohio city built by Eastern European immigrants and Midwestern moxie ripples with new cultural energy."

The online version is much more brief (warning: Cleveland narrative alert!) and is located below for your convenience:

WHY GO NOW: Celebrate an industrial city’s revival.

Cleveland rocks: on stage in the eight theaters on Playhouse Square, at indie-music venue Beachland Ballroom, and in hip meat-lovers’ restaurants like the Black Pig and the Plum. Shop and stroll in the revived Hingetown neighborhood and Waterloo Arts District.

FUN FACT: “Rock 'n' Roll” was coined by Cleveland based DJ Alan Freed in 1952.
Destination Cleveland CEO David Gilbert told, "It's a very important affirmation," he said. "You don't land on a list like this by accident." He added he hopes "current residents get some satisfaction from the outside attention." Which is all well and good — we love outside validation — but what about drawing outside visitors based on the mag's travel recs?

Gilbert said it's hard to track whether positive travel stories lead to an increase in visitors. He said he's certain it leads to a boost in perception, both among people inside and outside the city.
Ah, gotcha.

At least it's another entry in the Cleveland prestige machine.

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