Local arrangements including getting to Cleveland, city maps, things to do, and places to eat, etc.

Cleveland’s trendy new East 4th neighborhood. (photo: National Journal and The Atlantic)

Getting to Cleveland

By Air:

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE; http://www.clevelandairport.com)

Ground Transportation Options from Airport:


CLE has a dedicated taxicab service. To use the taxi service, look for the taxi entrance at the orange wall on the south end of baggage claim, adjacent to Carousel 11. Pickups are made at this location only. Please give your destination information to the dispatcher next to the taxi entrance. It is a flat rate by mileage traveled ($26). Taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Public Transportation

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers convenient service to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. RTA’s Red Line provides regular service between CLE and downtown Cleveland via the Tower City Station. The trip takes less than 30 minutes and trains depart from CLE every 15 minutes for the majority of the day. Once you arrive at Tower City Station, it is a 12-minute walk to the Hilton. You can plan your trip on the RTA website (http://www.riderta.com)

RTA’s station at CLE is located on the lower level of the main terminal. To reach the RTA station, please use the elevators or escalators located in the center of the ticketing and baggage claim levels. 

Ride Share

Both Lyft and Uber operate in Cleveland. Ride share pick-up is located in the Ground Transportation Center, which is located midway between the terminal and Smart Parking Garage. Please follow the signs for ride share from the baggage claim level welcome center. 


Parking and transportation for Hilton: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hilton-cleveland-downtown-CLEDOHH/maps-directions/index.html

Great maps of Downtown Cleveland are available on the Destination Cleveland website: http://www.thisiscleveland.com/planning-tools/maps/

Getting around Cleveland:

Unfortunately, public transportation is not great in the greater Cleveland area. Downtown Cleveland, however, is quite walk-able and RTA has a free trolley service. See the following link for route map and more information: http://www.riderta.com/sites/default/files/schedule-pdfs/Trolleys.pdf.

What to do while in town (other than the meetings):

Destination Cleveland: http://www.thisiscleveland.com

Thrillist: https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/cleveland/things-to-do-cleveland


Clevescene: https://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/the-cleveland-bucket-list/Content?oid=3744793

Cleveland magazine: https://clevelandmagazine.com/in-the-cle/must-do-list

 Food and Restaurants:

Cleveland has risen to one of the hottest cities of food in the last decade. Some of the most famous chefs in America are right here in Cleveland. There are a variety of cuisines represented in the restaurant scene from Cambodian to Ethiopian.

Destination Cleveland: http://www.thisiscleveland.com/restaurants/eat-and-drink/
Thrillist: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/cleveland/best-restaurants-cleveland
Eater: https://www.eater.com/maps/best-new-restaurants-cleveland-heatmap
Bon Appétit: https://www.bonappetit.com/restaurants-travel/article/cleveland-ohio-guide


Butcher and the Brewer, one of the best brewery and restaurants in Cleveland, will be doing a limited release of “Lucy Lager” in honor of AAPA in Cleveland and Lucy’s birthday. “Lucy Lager” will be available at Butcher and the Brewer (http://www.butcherandthebrewer.com) and their sister restaurant Tremont Tap House (https://www.tremonttaphouse.com) during the AAPA. Butcher and the Brewer is just 2 blocks from the conference hotel, please go check them out!

See the following websites for other popular breweries: