7 Reasons Why I Love the Cleveland Skyline

Seven top places to snap our city’s tallest buildings:

I judge the character of a city by its skyline. It’s a first impression. The cover of a book. (Yes, I know that old saying, but I think it’s a cliché… or not!) Just imagine that sweeping vista rolls into view. The grand heights, a sparkling tower reaches with clouds tickling its spire. Better yet, knowing a bustling city and its culture await at ground level. That’s why I love the drive into Cleveland.

From the time I was a little boy up to now, I’ve been inspired by Cleveland’s skyline. Terminal Tower and Key Tower embody my aspirations: to move from Ohio’s bucolic, beautiful countryside to a glittering urban life, where the passage of time was measured by the soft blinking red light at towers’ tip tops. To live near them would mean I had made it, had achieved my goal.

From the time I was a little boy up to now, I’ve been inspired by Cleveland’s skyline.

I live in Lakewood now, about a two-minute stroll from Lakewood Park, and I’ve begun to realize this region is a photographer’s dream. This is the view from my morning run:

1 Lakewood Park_Skyline Post

Now that I’m a west-sider, I’ve had plenty of time to explore. Here’s my favorite view from Edgewater Park, in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood:

2 Edgewater Park Skyline Post

Of course, there’s much more to Cleveland than what’s west of downtown. How about this view from the industrial Flats:

3 Industrial Flats Skyline Post

Or the Lorain-Carnegie bridge:

4 Lorain Carnegie Skyline Post

If you’re a passenger being driven across the Main Avenue Bridge toward downtown, you might catch this shot:

5 Shoreway Skyline Post

Have you ever seen our skyline from Whiskey Island? (It’s almost a secret!) Park your car by the marina and take a walk along the beach. You’ll find the most lovely meadow near the river:

6 Whiskey Island Skyline Post

Last but not least, this east side gem was taken from the Ariel International Center in St. Clair-Superior.

7 StClairSuperior Skyline Post

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Where is your favorite place to get a picture-perfect snap of Cleveland’s skyline? Share them in the comments!

Bonus tip: Did you know you can see the skyline from the turnpike? Drive the stretch from Brecksville to Akron sometime and look left, just where I-80 intersects I-271. On a clear day, you can see Terminal Tower winking back at you!



Ryan Collins
Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is a writer and traveler. Currently based in Lakewood, he has lived all across Northeast Ohio. A Kent State University alum, today, Ryan works in admission at Baldwin Wallace University. His work has been published by Cleveland Plus, Belt Magazine and in conjunction with Destination Cleveland. Learn more at www.ryanscollins.com.