The Great Lakes in the USA is the largest expanse of freshwater in the world with a unique and diverse landscape
The Great Lakes is a destination that celebrates the outdoors, has a true Americana culture and hosts major metropolitan centres and smaller intimate towns. The region includes the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan.
For families, the area has great beaches, great activities, great cities and great scenery. It’s a big area, with five interconnected lakes that provide great opportunities for all kinds of water sports, including kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, and diving. Lakeside, there are some of the best sandy beaches in the USA plus lighthouses just waiting to be explored and rolling sand dunes to be climbed. There are many trails to be hiked and biked, some excellent golf courses and fishing. In the winter, take the kids snowmobiling, tubing, cross country skiing or even ice-fishing.
Inland, there is a whole world of discovery – bustling, modern cities, fascinating history, from Abraham Lincoln to Amish country and elusive wildlife from moose to bald eagles. Discover the fascinating stories behind the Civil War, hear tales of Native American history, go off the beaten track to trace the source of the mighty Mississippi River, be bowled over by marvellous museums and thrill to some of the region’s sporting events.
The cities of the Great Lakes are modern, exciting places with spectacular soaring skyscrapers and beautiful beaches (Chicago), bustling breweries and motorbike mania (Milwaukee), magical music and auto history (Detroit), raucous rock and roll and classic culture (Cleveland), motor racing and canal walks (Indianapolis) and great shopping/ entertainment (Minneapolis, Saint-Paul).