One of my goals in life is to visit all 50 states. While visiting my brother in Pennsylvania, we decided to venture into Ohio and visit Cleveland. With this trip, I checked off my 20th state that I’ve visited. And it wasn’t even planned.

The main reason we went to Cleveland was to visit the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. The museum was pretty cool. The main exhibits were on Level 2. It was cool to see the different artifacts from major rock stars. One of my favorite exhibits was Elvis. I’m in love with Elvis. I think I may have been born in the wrong era - just saying.

We did notice as we walked through the exhibits, that there were other genres besides rock-n-roll that were featured. There were rap artists, R&B artists, pop artists.. We thought it could be called the Hall of Fame rather than the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. I did notice there was a lack of Queen and Elton John memorabilia - especially after the big year of movies that came out centered around Freddie Mercury + Elton John’s life. I know it’s normal in museum’s to move exhibits around, but I was expecting a little more.

We skipped levels 3 to 5 and headed up to Level 6 to see the hall of fame. Afterwards we headed back down to the gift shop to get a few souvenirs before leaving. I found an Elvis single on vinyl and bought a couple of postcards. 

the history: Cleveland is the birthplace of rock-n-roll. In 1951, WJW radio DJ Alan Freed used the term 'rock-n-roll' to describe the uptempo black rhythm + blues records he played. He named a new genre of music that appealed to everyone. Freed organized the Moondog Coronation Ball which was the first rock concert.

We decided to grab dinner in Cleveland since we were all starving. We discovered a Whalburgers was close by, so decided to go there. My mom is a Whalburgers fan ever since we went to the Fenway location in Boston. I noticed in the restaurant, a picture of a cleveland sign and decided we needed to find it after we ate.

We walked around the Downtown area on our way back to the lakefront to find the Cleveland sign. Once we found it, we waited in line to have our picture taken. While we were waiting, some Seahawks fans were able to meet a player (they were playing the Browns the next day) and basically fan-boyed out over it. I can’t blame them because I would do the exact same thing if I met a Patriot’s player unexpectedly.