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Cleveland rocks 2 top-destination lists

Less than a week after making Travel + Leisure magazine's list of 50 best places to visit in 2015, Fodor’s Travel, the well-known publisher of popular guidebooks, has named Cleveland one of its 25 must-see travel destinations for 2015.   

In addition to Cleveland, T&L’s list includes Bali, Indonesia; Australia's Great Barrier Reef; and Maui, Hawaii. T&L reports, "Revival is well under way in downtown Cleveland as young professionals move in and historic buildings are repurposed."  

It goes on to rave about the local food scene, noting the anticipated opening of Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Mabel’s BBQ, the farm-to-table Flying Fig, and Mitchell’s Ice Cream. It also praises the Cleveland Museum of Art’s expansion and renovation.  

Fodor’s, in touting Cleveland as a "Rust Belt-chic town for art and culture vultures, basketball fans, and stalwart foodies," lists Cleveland with such destinations as Paris, Singapore, and Barbados.  

Thankfully, too, while Fodor’s mentions LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, its report says there are so many more reasons to visit. "With culinary kings like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, an orchestra rated as one of the top five in the nation, and a major new wing at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the second largest city in Ohio (Columbus is the largest) has long shed its industrial past. And now, it's also home to the stunning Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the first U.S. design by prominent Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi."

Fodor’s also gives props to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.