Chicago and Great Lakes
The largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, they’re more like inland seas with forested islands, rock caves and sand-dune beaches. Today, the lake-bordering states offer vacationers a first-hand look at the wilderness that inspired industrial innovation and powered great cities while furnishing scenic vistas of rural life. Great Lakes Region includes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin.
With Chicago as the gateway to a world of new experiences, Illinois is a magnificent vacation destination. Cruise “The Mother Road: Route 66" on your way to Springfield, see the mighty Mississippi while following the Great River Road or follow the Illinois Wine Trail. You’ll understand why the Associated Press declared Illinois the “most American state.”
The Michigan shore of Lake Michigan has been described as “an American Riviera”, with mile after mile of blond-sand beaches, state parks, charming lakeside villages, lighthouses, artists’ colonies, designer golf courses and world-class resorts for holiday lodging. Michigan is defined not only by its vast expanses of water but also by the forests that cover more than half the size of the state. Lakes, wildlife refuges, and 9 state parks and recreation areas scattered throughout these vast forests create a wide variety of recreational pursuits and vacation opportunities. Rivers for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming, and thousands of miles of hiking, biking, riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails thread their way among some 100 species of trees.
Minnesota is at a crossroads of the United States, where east meets west and forest meets prairie. It is home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River and takes its name from the Dakota Indian word meaning “sky-blue waters”. A tour of Minnesota offers a glimpse of small-town America, with festivals and county fairs promoting music, food and crafts. Cities large and small boast theater, museums, concerts and other arts venues. The diverse cultures have created a melting pot of cuisines, offering a fusion of unique tastes from around the globe.
For a naturally great vacation, come and explore Great Lakes Region.