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Terminal Tower Observation Deck

Only a helicopter or airplane can give you as breathtaking a view of our fair city as the Terminal Tower Observation Deck. It's found on the 42nd floor of Cleveland's most iconic building, which turns 80 this year. Closed since September 11, 2001, the deck underwent a five-year facelift before reopening to the public for four weekends this summer. Now there's hope they'll reopen the deck permanently to provide visitors with rare panoramic views of the city, from Lake Erie to the Cuyahoga River. On clear days, you can see 30 miles from the deck — to the west, the skyline of Elyria, and to the east, the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. The deck's interior has been restored to its original Art Deco look, with checkered floors, exposed radiators, circular lights, and window railings. At its 1930 unveiling, the Beaux-Arts Terminal Tower was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. Although eclipsed in height these days by skyscrapers of considerably less style, the Tower remains the ultimate symbol of Cleveland. As the tall, redoubtable lady reaches octogenarian status, she is no doubt pleased to once again be its most gracious ambassador.

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