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Quick Escapes Cleveland

National Geographic Traveler says this series from Globe-Pequot Press is "well-conceived and presented, with day-by-day itineraries" -- perfect for getting away at the last minute or for easily making plans ahead of time.

You'll find twenty-five quick and convenient minivacations taking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover breathtaking waterfalls, gorges, wildflowers, and forests in the Hocking Hills Escape. Stroll some of Michigan's 3,200 miles of sand, shop at quaint waterfront villages, and marvel at more than one hundred lighthouses in the Lake Michigan Escape. Visit an artists' colony, browse through unusual antiques shops, and venture to picturesque Niagara Falls Reservation State Park in the Greater Buffalo and into Ontario Escape. Each Escape includes detailed route maps, travel directions, destination highlights, activities for morning, afternoon, and evening, choice restaurants, picnic sites, lodgings, special events and festivals, shopping and local sources of information.

An excerpt in the southwestern region -- traveling for a weekend in Indianapolis -- provides readers with a breakfast pit stop in Columbus before heading west on I-70. By afternoon, drivers arrive in the Speedway City with time to visit Conner Prairie.

"The first real stop is ahead at Conner Prairie (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, 317-776-6000). This living history museum takes visitors back to the early 1800s when William Conner first arrived and set up a trading post. Prairietown, the village-style museum restored through the philanthropy of Eli Lily, is now owned by Earlham College and provides upscale dining, a venue for the Indianapolis Stymphony Orchestra's summer concerts, and a wide variety of educational programs."