Best Road Trips From Cleveland

From Cleveland, you can drive to destinations like the beautiful Finger Lakes, the majestic Niagara Falls, and see the iconic landmarks of Washington, DC, busy streets of the Big Apple among many other adventures that await you.

Top Road Trip Destinations From Cleveland

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The amazing Niagara Falls is renowned for its beauty and is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the USA.

Niagara Falls

πŸš— 210 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 20 minutes

Niagara Falls and the town of Niagara are beautiful destinations that make the perfect road trip from Cleveland to witness a bucket list-worthy natural phenomenon.

The scenic lakeside drive to Niagara Falls is full of amazing places to discover, such as Headlands Beach State Park, Erie and Buffalo.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA downtown skyline and incline.


πŸš— 130 miles ⏱️ 2 hours, 10 minutes

Set on the confluence of three major rivers, Pittsburgh offers scenic water views over its many bridges (many more than any other city in the world!) and a fun atmosphere for sports fans and foodies.

This road trip to Pittsburgh is the perfect short weekend adventure. En route, we recommend also visiting Akron and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Washington DC skyline including Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and The United States Capitol building

Washington DC

πŸš— 370 miles ⏱️ 6 hours

Washington DC is home to many iconic attractions for fans of American and military history, such as the National Mall and the White House, as well as other museums and collections.

On the way, take some extra time to explore Cuyahoga Valley National Park, make a detour to Pittsburg, and see many state parks en route, such as Seneca Creek State Park.

Lake with tall buildings in the background


πŸš— 290 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 40 minutes

Toronto is known for being a colorful and multicultural city. The city also offers endless options for delicious cuisines, sports events, and a colorful art and entertainment scene.

Before you cross the border into Canada, you can visit beautiful Erie, Buffalo and the magical Niagara Falls and then Hamilton once in Canada.

 Love sculpture in the Love Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Tourists in the park. Skyline with skyscrapers on the background


πŸš— 450 miles ⏱️ 7 hours, 30 minutes

Philadelphia has a lot to offer with history, culture, and scenery, as well as tons of popular attractions centered around early 18th-century American history and Revolutionary War history.

There are many amazing places on this road trip; check out Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the chocolate wonderland of Hershey and Amish Country in Lancaster.

Nightlife and neon signs on Lower Broadway Area in Nashville


πŸš— 520 miles ⏱️ 7 hours, 50 minutes

Nashville is a great destination for those wanting a road trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. β€œThe Music City” has amazing nightlife, live music at every turn, and great Southern food.

This drive is the urban adventurer's dream, with Columbus, Cincinnati, and Louisville located directly en route.

High rise buildings appear grey in the mist behind a calm lagoon in the foreground with autumn trees


πŸš— 525 miles ⏱️ 8 hours, 10 minutes

Chicago, located on Lake Michigan's shores, has a rare mix of old and new that makes for a fun weekend trip to try out its famous food, namely the deep-dish pizza, see the Magnificent Mile.

Extend your drive to Chicago by visiting Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and then beautiful Beton Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Vintage cart stacked with bourbon barrels on a historic street in Louisville, KY


πŸš— 350 miles ⏱️ 5 hours, 10 minutes

All bourbon fans will love this trip through the heart of Kentucky to find rare and small-batch bourbons and soak in the stunning mountain scenery. Louisville is also home to the famous Churchill Downs.

If you have some time on your hands, you can also visit the cute small town of Medina, Mansfield, Columbus and Cincinnati en route.

Put in Bay Harbor at Sunrise, located on South Bass Island on Lake Erie


πŸš— 85 miles ⏱️ 2 hours

Visit Put-In-Bay for a fun island getaway on Lake Erie. Here, you can enjoy water sports and lively entertainment and sample the local island wineries, and even extend your visit to see Kelleys Island.

On your way to Put-in-Bay, make sure to check out Sheldon Marsh Nature Reserve, Sandusky, and Marblehead Lighthouse.

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio


πŸš— 140 miles ⏱️ 2 hours

Columbus is the capital city and largest city in the state. Here you can expand your taste in city life with new museums, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife.

As you make your way to the capital on this road trip, you can add Medina and Buckeye Imagination Museum and Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield to your itinerary.

Detroit, Michigan, USA downtown skyline from above at dusk.


πŸš— 170 miles ⏱️ 3 hours

Detroit is full of local gems and off-the-beaten path treasures. New development and a young entrepreneurial and artistic crowd are rejuvenating the city back into a lively and energetic hub of creative spirit.

The drive to Detroit is relatively short, so you can extend your road trip to cover a weekend and visit Sandusky, Marblehead and Toledo on the way.

The back of a sitting couple looking onto the beach with people sitting and flying kites


πŸš— 110 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 50 minutes

Enjoy a day in the sunshine in Erie and soak in the sites on Presque Isle State Park, an island in Lake Erie with beaches, a lighthouse, and it is also great for camping.

A few of the amazing places you can add to your itinerary en route include James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Paine Falls Park and Conneaut Harbor.

Staircase in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park

πŸš— 220 miles ⏱️ 3 hours, 40 minutes

Discover the natural beauty of Hocking Hills State Park and explore stunning caves, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Perfect for a weekend of camping, photography, and reconnecting with nature.

You can also visit the Buckeye Imagination Museum in Mansfield, Columbus, and Chillicothe on this route from Cleveland.

Aerial image of a pond and lake at Ariel Foundation Park

Mount Vernon

πŸš— 105 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 50 minutes

Escape to Mount Vernon, a small and quaint little town along the riverside for shopping, eating, and some natural solitude. This little town offers a lot of cultural flare and warm hospitality.

If you'd like to extend this relative short drive to Mount Vernon, you can make a detour to the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The Brandywine Gorge Trail during Autumn leaf color change at Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.


πŸš— 40 miles ⏱️ 55 minutes

Akron is a short drive from Cleveland and this colorful city is home to the Akron Art Museum and is a stone's throw from the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

It goes without saying that no visit to Akron is complete without spending some time in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Millersburg Ohio, Ohio Amish County near Homes County

Amish Country (Millersburg and Berlin)

πŸš— 85 miles ⏱️ 1 hour, 40 minutes

Step back in time to Amish Country. Experience the simplicity of Amish life, explore quaint shops, savor homemade foods, and take a buggy ride through the rolling hills of Millersburg and Berlin.

On your way to Amish Country, take a scenic breather in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and enjoy a detour to Akron if you have some time.

Dramatic Fall Overlook at Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest

πŸš— 160 miles ⏱️ 3 hours

Allegheny National Forest is Pennsylvania's only national forest and is home to the scenic beauty of the area and surrounding Appalachian Mountains. Don't miss the Kinzua Sky Walk.

On this back-to-nature road trip, we recommend spending some time at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Youngstown.

Amish children ride in the back of a buggy on the main street of a Lancaster County village.

Lancaster County

πŸš— 370 miles ⏱️ 5 hours, 50 minutes

Home to America's first Amish settlements, Lancaster County is a great cultural destination where you can go back in time and enjoy a peaceful slow-paced visit and learn about Amish heritage.

If you don't want to fully give up on the urban lifestyle, not to worry - Pittsburgh and Harrisburg are short detours from this route.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA downtown skyline on the Grand River

Grand Rapids

πŸš— 300 miles ⏱️ 4 hours, 30 minutes

Grand Rapids is an affordable destination for great food and attractions and is often voted America's Best River Town. Explore the Grand Rapids Art Museum and enjoy the city's renowned craft breweries.

A few of the great places to discover en route are Edison's Birthplace Museum in Milan, Toledo, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

A Dramatic Sunset at Hiawatha Lake Gazebo in Central Park, Syracuse.


πŸš— 370 miles ⏱️ 6 hours

Visit Syracuse for a taste of New York State's rich history and natural beauty. Close by, the Finger Lakes region is renowned for its scenic beauty, quaint towns, and winemaking.

Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Erie to your left on this drive and make stops at Erie, Buffalo, and Geneva on the shores of the beautiful Seneca Lake.

Houses and boats illuminated by golden rays of the sunset


πŸš— 40 miles ⏱️ 45 minutes

Discover Vermillion, a charming lakeside town. Enjoy its boutique shops, and local eateries. Perfect for a leisurely day trip with stunning sunset views over the water.

You can spend more time on this road trip by making short detours to Lorain Harbor Lighthouse and Mill Hollow Bacon Woods Park.

Quaint shops lining the Main Street with a pedestrian walking their dog in the distance


πŸš— 30 miles ⏱️ 40 minutes

Hudson is a cute small town, where you can stroll through its beautifully preserved downtown, visit local boutiques, and dine at upscale restaurants. Don't miss the scenic Hudson Springs Park.

On your way to this charming town, we highly recommend sparing some time to enjoy Brandywine Gorge Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Historic town hall and firehouse on a main street seen on a sunny day


πŸš— 30 miles ⏱️ 40 minutes

Medina's historic square is known for its Victorian architecture and community events. Enjoy antique shops, local dining, and the annual ice festival; a perfect getaway for history buffs and families.

If you want a longer day trip, you can spend some time at Big Creek Reservation and Mill Stream Run Reservation on your way to Medina.

Longer road trips from Cleveland

Times Square, New York at dusk

πŸš— 540 miles ⏱️ 9 hours, 50 minutes

The β€œBig Apple” has so much to offer and is an exciting city to visit for anyone. Here, you can see all the famous landmarks like Times Square and The Statue of Liberty.

Shaft of golden sunlight illuminates green and gold tree covered mountain ridges and valleys

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

πŸš— 550 miles ⏱️ 8 hours, 30 minutes

Explore America's most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy breathtaking views, diverse wildlife, and extensive hiking trails.

Boston, Massachusetts with the George Washington Monument in the foreground surrounded by the green park, with flowers and the city skyline in the distance on a cloudy but sunny day.


πŸš— 640 miles ⏱️ 9 hours, 40 minutes

Boston is an iconic American city with countless landmarks and historically significant sites, set on the Charles River for a true northeastern experience.

Orlando, Florida, USA with a view of the Orlando Eye against a cloudy but sunny sky and palm trees in the foreground.


πŸš— 1,440 miles ⏱️ 22 hours

Orlando is a warm weather destination sure to offer outdoor time and iconic Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studio parks and attractions.