Hotel at a Glance: McKinley Grand Hotel
Named for America’s 25th president, McKinley Grand Hotel honors William McKinley in Canton, his adopted hometown. In a regal lobby fit for heads of state, chandeliers illuminate a life-size portrait of the president hanging in a gilded frame on a wall with dark-wood paneling. From the hotel, it’s only a short drive to McKinley Memorial Park or the presidential library and museum.
- Thorpe’s Market Avenue Grill & Pub: onsite casual American restaurant serving dishes such as slow-cooked barbecue pork ribs and pan-seared sea scallops.
- Perks: Select options include a $25 dining credit for use at Thorpe’s.
- Comfortable guest rooms come with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.
- Stay active with a swim in the heated indoor pool or work out in the fitness center.
Canton, Ohio: Rich Football History and a Thriving Artists’ Community
Canton is a midwestern town rich in football history. The NFL was founded here in 1920 (then called the American Professional Football Association), as was the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This museum highlights the lives and careers of the more than 280 players that have been enshrined as Hall of Famers—from Ray Nitschke and Dick Butkus to Jerry Rice and Dan Marino. In the Moments, Memories & Mementos gallery, you can see some of the game’s historic jerseys and helmets. If football isn’t your sport, you can tee off at 21 public golf courses, which helped earn Canton the unofficial title of “Ohio’s Golf Capital.”
This city also has a thriving art district. Nestled amid downtown Canton’s restaurants, bars, and shops are galleries, live music venues, theaters, and numerous artist’s studios. Take in local paintings and sculptures at the galleries—among them, the Canton Museum of Art, where you can see works by John Singer Sargent—or head to a studio to watch these artists work. Appreciate another kind of artwork at the Canton Classic Car Museum, which celebrates Canton’s historic auto industry. Though less traditional than an artist’s sketch, the 1937 Studebaker President’s wheel wells and hood are an art form in and of themselves.