Great Lakes, Great Times
If you’re planning a vacation to the Midwest, make sure to include a visit to the Great Lakes region. There is so much to see and do, and something for everyone to enjoy.
In the mood for some deep-dish pizza or a Cubs game? The great city of Chicago offers a wide array of cuisine, sports venues, theater, and museums. If shopping the Magnificent Mile isn’t enough for you, make your way over to Bloomington, Minnesota and Mall of America with over 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and a score of other exciting attractions all under one roof.
Or maybe you’d like to escape civilization and spend a few hours surrounded by nature’s beauty. Head up to Tahquamenon Falls, which inspired Longfellow’s Hiawatha. Go hiking in Wisconsin during the Fall Color Tour. Watch a sunset from Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Sportsmen will find no end of opportunities for good fishing throughout the area — particularly in Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Charter a boat or bring your own and spend a day reeling in freshwater catch from bass to walleye. Not into fishing but want to get out on the water? There are several peaceful rivers perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Should you prefer being on dry land, grab your bicycle and make the Circle Tour of the Michigan coastline. During the winter months, explore cross-country ski trails and resorts. And if you’re more about the excitement of being a spectator, there’s always the famous Indy 500.
Florida isn’t the only place to go for amusement parks. Right on the edge of Lake Erie in Ohio you can find Cedar Point, home to some of the world’s best roller coasters. Near the Illinois-Wisconsin border is Six Flags Great America.
For festivals, nothing beats Frankenmuth for Oktoberfest. Hop a ferry to Mackninac Island for Lilac Festival. Put on your wooden shoes for Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. Swing on back to the Windy City for the culinary extravaganza that is Taste of Chicago. Hang around for Lollapalooza or dance up to Milwaukee for Summerfest, the world’s largest music event.
With so much to explore and discover in the Great Lakes area, you might have to take more than one vacation to experience it all.