Beyond Painesville: Must-See Attractions along Ohio Route 2

Route 2 runs east to west just inland from the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. It merges with I-90 just west of Wickcliffe and joins U.S. Route 20 going east in Perry. The Grand River in Painesville is noted for steel head trout fishing

Fairport Harbor Marine Museum & Lighthouse.
129 2nd St.
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
(440) 354-4825

Located just west of Painesville, the Fairport Harbor Museum was the first Great Lakes museum and was founded in 1945. The lighthouse was built in 1825 and served as a beacon for shipping for 100 years. The view is stunning from the top. The museum has exhibits on the history of shipping in the Great Lakes, models of lake freighters and ore boats and the original pilot house of the Frontenac, the first steamboat in the Great Lakes, which was built in 1816. The museum and lighthouse are open from Memorial Day weekend until mid-September. Guided tours are available.

Headlands Beach State Park
9601 Headlands Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060
(216) 881-8141

West on Route 2, Headlands Beach State Park has a natural sand beach that is one mile long, the longest in the state, and is set in a 120-acre nature preserve. Hiking and biking trails run along the lake, and the two miles of trails are groomed in winter for cross country skiing. Hunting is permitted in season. After a full day of traveling, head back to relax at a Painesville Bed & Breakfast.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-7625

Further west is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. A national landmark, the museum opened in 1995. Visit the Hall of Fame Inductee Gallery where each year great artists and performers are enshrined. Exhibits chronicle the history of rock and roll. Treasures from the Vault contains artifacts from Green Day, Sting, Led Zepplin and hundreds of other greats. Thrill to the action of a digital 3-D film of a live U-2 concert at a stadium in South America. The permanent collection houses Elvis' car, the mask Michael Jackson wore on "Thriller," John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper uniform, jewelry from Janis Joplin and much more.

Hubbard House Museum
Walnut & Lake Sts.
Ashtabula, OH 44005
(440) 964-8168

Heading east from Painesville on Route 2 drive to the historic Hubbard House in Ashtabula along the shore of Lake Erie. Built in 1841, the home became the center of the Ohio Underground Railroad, which helped escaped slaves during the Civil War and has exhibits and photographs that chronicle the era. The museum is open from Memorial Day until the end of September.

Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum
363 Depot St.
Conneaut, OH 44030
(440) 599-7878

Close to the Pennsylvania border, the town of Conneaut has a downtown filled with historical buildings. Founded in 1796, the town holds an antique boat and car show every summer. The Railroad Museum is located in the old NY Central train station, built in an era when people traveled by train, and has a collection of antique steam engines, freight cars and railroad equipment. With a full day of sightseeing behind you, it will feel great to settle into your comfortable Painesville Inn.