I am just starting to possibly plan a weekend trip for Cleveland and Pittsburgh in July to see a game or two at Progressive field and a sunday afternoon game in Pittsburgh. What are the cheapest and best hotel between Cleveland and Pittsburgh area? Where the best seats in the stadiums? Where is the best place to eat? Thanks in advance!

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Comment by Ryan Lloyd on May 3, 2010 at 6:33pm
I have been to Progressive Field many times (I live in Ohio and have many Tribe fans as friends)....trust me eat before you go. They serve Sugardale hot dogs...yuck! I have been to 9 stadiums, mostly in the midwest and Cleveland ranks toward the bottom of the barrel when it comes to stadium food. (in my opinion) Very nice stadium though. I would suggest eating a Panini's (you won't be disappointed) or The Winking Lizard. Both are roughly a block from the stadium. Panini's has giant sandwiches in which they put a large order of fries (cut from real potatoes) on your sandwich...absolutely delicious and you will be plenty full once you wash it down with a cold one. http://www.paninisgrill.com/

I have been to PNC too..(once) but am not familiar with the area. As you may have read many heralded it as one of the premier stadiums...and I tend to agree. Its a real gem.

Have fun! Take plenty of pictures and let us know what your favorite food was.
Comment by Doug Miller (30) on May 1, 2010 at 6:20am
I was just in Cleveland last night. I didn't stay downtown, but there were a number of places to stay and eat. It depends on what you're looking for cheap wise. There's a Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn, that are both under $100 on Euclid, about a half mile from the park. There are a ton of places to eat on 4th, it's a trendy alley filled with restaurants and outdoor seating. I ate at Local Heroes which is across the corner from the Feller statue. The chicken strips were good and fresh, and the onion rings looked and felt like Krispy Kreme glazed donuts and tasted really good. For downtown Pittsburgh, my friend and I stayed at the Hilton. Don't be fooled by the name, it was under $100 and was across the Clemente bridge and to the right from the park. (That was a few years ago though, and they were remodeling, so it's probably more now.) I agree that Primanti Bros is a good choice, but it needs some serious mayonaisse or something. It's a loaded novelty, but on the dry side. Have a great time!
Comment by Jack (6) on April 30, 2010 at 10:55pm
I haven't been to PNC or Progressive field but friends of mine that live in Pittsburgh rave about Primanti Bros.
Comment by Matt on April 30, 2010 at 9:07pm
I did Progressive last year and used Hotwire...if you stick with a downtown hotel, 3-3.5 stars at the lowest, you'll be good to go. They put me at a Double Tree, and it was only a 10-15 minute walk to Progressive, close to the Rock and Roll HOF and the downtown area is nice.
Comment by Brian G (32) on April 30, 2010 at 4:54pm
At the Pirates game you have to get something from Primanti Bros., some of the best ballpark foods I have eaten!!!
Comment by Korbid Thompson on April 30, 2010 at 12:44pm
James,

As for hotels, see if you can find anything on this site below. Much like Meg, I can't comment on the eateries, and I look forward to seeing PNC Park one day. Good luck with the trip.

King James Travel
Comment by meg minard (30/44/205) on April 28, 2010 at 8:03pm
Hi James -

For PNC Park, best seats are above homeplate (doesn't matter if it is 2nd or 3rd level) - you see the playing field and all that PNC offers as well as downtown Pittsburgh. I like the third base side.

I can't comment on hotels or eateries between Cleveland or Pittsburgh.

If you're spending some time in Pittsburgh, check out http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/

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