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Just a few of the reasons Cleveland Rocks

When National Geographic scans the globe and says you "need" to go somewhere, they aren’t playing. Cleveland — named among NatGeo’s 21 "Places You Need to Visit in 2018" — accepts this honor with healthy doses of humility and swagger. As well we should, considering our bounty of awesomeness, much of which is accessible from downtown’s Kimpton Schofield Hotel. Included below are some of the reasons NatGeo’s editors proclaimed that "Cleveland rocks."

Music to your ears … and eyes.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Immerse yourself into America’s most beloved musical genre with six stories of memorabilia and more. From the Guitar Gallery to the interactive One Hit Wonder exhibit to handwritten drafts of hit singles, you’ll be singing the praises of this iconic landmark.

Playhouse Square: As the second-large performing arts center in the country (only New York’s is bigger), Playhouse Square hosts more than 1,000 events each year. Sit back and enjoy concerts and comedy, Broadway shows and children’s plays, and much more. The theaters are varied, too, including five that are restored to their original 1920s grandeur. While you’re here, don’t miss the world’s largest outdoor chandelier.

Beachland Ballroom: Named for its proximity to an old amusement park called Euclid Beach, the casual and intimate Beachland Ballroom has been around since 1950. Today it welcomes diverse national and local acts like chamber pop outfit Common Deer, indie folk-pop Y La Bamba, rock-and-roll/country-western The Sadies and western swing revival band The Hot Club of Cowtown. Even the weekend brunches are noteworthy.

Restaurant Row, a.k.a. Fourth Street.

Butcher and the Brewer: Cheers to pasture-raised meats, farmhouse fare and community seating. The aged beef sliders are raved about, but even vegetarians have options like salt-roasted beets and charred broccolini.

Lola Bistro: Celebrity chef and Cleveland native Michael Symon serves New American fare. From beef cheek pierogi to smoked pork chops, the menu is a carnivore’s paradise.

Mabel’s BBQ: Michael Symon strikes again, this time with house-smoked meats and sides on paper plates. Not to mention a mile-long list of bourbons.

Walkable, artful shopping.

Hingetown Neighborhood: It’s hard to believe this neighborhood — connecting Cleveland’s Warehouse District, Ohio City Market District and Gordon Square — was ever neglected and desolate. All the best places have storied pasts, right? Hingetown is now thriving with some of the town’s favorite businesses. Coffee, tea and juice shops mix in among outdoor murals, patios, boutiques and walkable streets, while the historic Transformer Station brings contemporary art into the scene.

Waterloo Arts District: Billed as the only corner of Cleveland that is 100% locally owned, Waterloo Arts District mixes authenticity with art and design. Stroll through eclectic galleries, retail spaces, restaurants and bars. The Music for Miles free chamber music concerts became so popular that now they’re a monthly occurrence during the season. If you’re visiting in summer, don’t miss the district’s annual art festival, featuring local bands, local artwork and local food trucks.

Trio of sports.

Fans of professional football, baseball and basketball can cheer to their hearts’ content in Cleveland. Stadiums for the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers are all located downtown.

More cool spots.

International Women’s Air & Space Museum: Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride aren’t the only high-flying ladies. This free museum celebrates many of the “silent” women who contributed to the advancement of aviation.

Terminal Tower: From the top of this ornate skyscraper you can see up to 30 miles. The tower lights up in various colors according to the occasion. In fact, you can place your color request by tweeting @TowerLightsCLE.