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Cuyahoga National Park, Great Lakes Science Center & Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio

Best things to do in Cleveland Ohio - Jason Lawenda - View of skyline by DJ Johnson on Unsplash

View of skyline. Photo by DJ Johnson on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Jason Lawenda of Möbius Journeys about Cleveland, Ohio. Jason’s tips for the best things to do in Cleveland are awesome because he moved to Cleveland in 2010 and loves how it’s a family-friendly city with boundless foodies experiences.

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Guardians of Traffic at the Hope Memorial Bridge. Photo by benjamin lehman on Unsplash.

Cleveland, Ohio

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out This is Cleveland, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Cleveland Ohio - Jason Lawenda - Westside Market

Westside Market.

Getting around Cleveland

The local airport is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), which is a 15-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Jason says that, if you’re staying downtown, it’s still a good idea to rent a car as some places are easier to get to driving on your own. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Cleveland Ohio - Jason Lawenda - Mitchells Ice Cream by DJ Johnson on Unsplash

Mitchells Ice Cream. Photo by DJ Johnson on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the Cleveland, Ohio podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Jason Lawenda about Cleveland, Ohio. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Green dots = best things to do in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Cleveland, Ohio

Who is Jason Lawenda?

Jason Lawenda founded Mobius Journeys in 2023. A graduate of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Jason was a 911 dispatcher and chef before ultimately finding his true passion in the world of travel in 2010. Jason got his start in travel when he discovered an amazing community of award travel enthusiasts and learned the ropes. This ultimately led to him joining The Points Guy team and moderating the community Facebook group. Soon, Jason would team up with
FBZ Elite, where he had the opportunity to continue moderating an online community, give lectures on award travel, and write.

These experiences ultimately led Jason to work for an exclusive travel agency based in San Francisco, where he turned his passion for award travel into a career. Jason had the opportunity to cater to ultra-high-net-worth individuals, which has allowed Jason to curate some of the most incredible and over-the-top client experiences while building wonderful industry partnerships and relationships.

His enthusiasm for food, family, design, and adventure help Jason to experience properties, cities, and food and entertainment venues with a unique perspective. He loves building personal connections with clients that help him to match them with their ideal destinations and experiences.
Jason is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives with his daughter Sydney and two wild and crazy dogs, Briggs and Riley

Best things to do in Cleveland Ohio - Jason Lawenda

You can connect with Jason on his website and social media on Facebook and Instagram.

We Travel There - Cleveland Ohio - Jason Lawenda - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Jason’s tips for Cleveland.

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Best things to do in Cleveland Ohio - Jason Lawenda - Heinens Grocery Store

Heinens Grocery Store.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Kecia Welt with a local dressed in a Krampus costume.

Listen to the next episode when Kecia Welt of Krampus Curious shares the best things to do in Bolzano, Italy. In this episode, Kecia and I talk about celebrating Krampus at the local Christmas Markets, visiting Otzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy at the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, and enjoying the Christmas lights and ice sculptures at Lake Carezza. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing this. You can bet I’ll be closely following those red dots on the map for all the best eats!

    Riz@Travel & Chai

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