The Great Lakes

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Fly Drive Holiday Ideas to USA's Great Lakes

The Great Lakes -- Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario -- and there connecting chanels form the largest fresh surface water system on earth. If you stood on the moon, you could see the lakes and recognize the familiar wolf head shape of Lake Superior, or the mitten bounded by lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie. Outdoor recreation in the Great Lakes region is a way of life.

Waves as big as ocean make you feel like you’re on the beach, when you overlook the vast deep Great Lakes rugged rock-laden landscape surrounding Lake Superior rises to rolling Lake Michigan territory, forested Lake Huron and ultimately Lakes Erie and Ontario, on its way to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The serene Apostle Islands National Seashore in northern Wisconsin is quite a contrast to the bustling Chicago lakeshore and still different from the leisure areas of Michigan.  Led by massive Lake Superior, the Great Lakes region is a land of water, woods, hills, lighthouses, ships and wildlife

The activities available are endless.  Serenity and relaxation are available on scenic drives and historic towns where you can browse antique shops and walk bricked paths. Outdoors lovers can hunt, fish, bike, hike, sail canoe, raft or get energized in any one of hundreds of experiences.  Or, you can just enjoy meandering with no time schedule, through gorgeous scenic country with the ever present water at your side.    


Holidays to Chicago

Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest, alive with commerce, topped off with the Magnificent Mile, one of the world’s glitziest shopping boulevards.  Take a trip with the Chicago Trolley Company to familiarize yourself with the city. The more than 300,000 masterworks at The Art Institute of Chicago are a must see. 

Holidays to Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the heartbeat of the Heartland of America.  Great architecture, great culture and world-class theatre and art abounds.  The Walker is considered one of the best art museums in the world and the performances in the Guthrie Theater are as astounding as the building.  There are free walking tours during the summer led by expert guides to introduce you to the Victorian neighborhoods, Nicollet Island and the historic Warehouse District.  Daily tours through the Minneapolis Institute of Art feature both museum treasures and special exhibits.  You can hit the Walker on weekends for a guided tour of the exhibits.  Couples love the romantic carriage rides along the Mississippi River.  Local landmarks include the Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, the Mill City Museum and Boom Islands.  

Holidays to Sault Ste Marie 

Located on the banks of the St. Mary’s River, Sault Ste. Marie has been a natural stopping place since mankind began using the waterway shortly after the ice age.  The names came from the French, describing a place to “jump” the St. Mary’s river.  Get a panoramic view of this junction from the Tower of History.  Travel between the rivers requires a series of locks, which you can see from an observation platform with 1,000 foot freighters plying the waters below.  A boat tour takes you right through the locks.  Hear the voice of the river at the River of History Museum.  The Agawa Canyon Tour Train takes you 114 miles north into the pristine Canadian northwoods.  Once at the canyon you can hike to two waterfalls and to breathtaking overlooks.  

Holidays to Mackinac Island

Another prehistoric society occupied Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island shortly after the last ice age.  The French arrived in 1634 and the British in 1780.  By the 1880s, Mackinac had become a retreat for the sporting crowd.  Today, when you step off the Island Ferry Dock, you’ll find yourself in a living Victorian village.  Enjoy the downtown hustle and bustle of the early 1800s, where horse and carriages were the transportation of the day.  Don’t miss the beautiful lakefront perimeter path that encircles the island. 

Holidays to Marquette

Another scenic byway takes you across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the land of waterfalls, maritime culture and heritage, to Marquette, Upper Michigan’s largest city.  After a short walking tour through the town to familiarize yourself with the lay of the land, visit the Marquette Maritime Museum to begin to learn about this intriguing place.  The Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit features perhaps the most famous shipwreck on Lake Superior of all time.  Cliff’s Shaft Mine Museum preserves a shaft mine similar to those that drove the Michigan iron industry since 1844.  Visit the Michigan Iron Industry Museum to learn more.  Getting out of town, enjoy more than a dozen waterfalls cascading through Marquette County.  It’s not unusual to see a moose while meandering around, they are a normal part of life in this neck of the woods. 

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