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Best U.S. cities for free attractions

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
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Cleveland, Ohio

Once an epicenter for America's manufacturing industry, Cleveland is reinventing itself as a place for cutting-edge commerce and a high quality of life. However, Cleveland's rich history is still evident everywhere. Visitors can come face to face with the city's industrial glory days in the Old Arcade, a still-functioning indoor shopping area with an atrium-style roof and the type of intricate metalwork and brass decor that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This type of contact with history is possible all around Cleveland. 

And art is everywhere as well. The Cleveland Museum of Art is free every day of the year. It houses impressive collections of international art with works by famed artists such as Picasso, Caravaggio, Monet and even Andy Warhol. Public art installations, including the popular “Free Stamp” (pictured here), can be found all around the city. For nature lovers, the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is a free place to appreciate greenery year-round. Built in typically ornate Industrial Revolution-era style and funded by its famous namesake, this is as much of a historical attraction as it is a natural one.