Today, the great industrial port of CLEVELAND – for so long the butt of jokes after the heavily polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 – is no longer the “Mistake on the Lake”. Although parts of the city have been hit by the latest recession, areas like the Warehouse District, East Fourth Street and University Circle remain hubs of energy. Cleveland boasts a sensitive restoration of the Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River waterfront, a superb constellation of museums, a growing culinary scene and modern downtown super-stadiums. Add to that the now well-established Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and there’s an unmistakable buzz about the place.

Founded in 1796, thirty years later Cleveland profited greatly from the opening of the Ohio Canal between the Ohio River and Lake Erie. During the city’s heyday, which began with the Civil War and lasted until the 1920s, its vast iron and coal supplies made it one of the most important steel and shipbuilding centres in the world. John D. Rockefeller made his billions here, as did the many others whose restored old mansions line “Millionaires’ Row”.