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Great Lakes Holidays

There's a lot that's great about the Great Lakes region: Great scenery, great beaches, great activities and some really great cities. It's a big area with five interconnected lakes that stretch their watery tendrils into eight different states, making for a lot of diversity. And the result is that whatever you're looking for on Great Lakes holidays, you can find it - from glassy inlets where Mother Nature puts on a glorious show, to the hustle and bustle of the big city.

There's a feast for the eyes wherever you look on Great Lakes holidays. Lakeside you'll find stretches of sandy beach, lighthouses perched on craggy coves, rolling dunes and a swathe of offshore islands. It just depends on where you are. The landscape is just as full of surprises away from the water too, with cow-speckled farmland in Wisconsin; Amish communities dotting the horizon in Ohio; and moose wandering the dense forest of Minnesota's Upper Peninsula.

If the city is more your scene, then there's some top places you can get your urban fix. Chicago has a stand-out skyline of modern skyscrapers, and is the place to head for amazing architecture, superb art, first-class shopping and a buzzing night scene. Milwaukee has a long brewing tradition, and is perfect for beer fans but also comes complete with interesting museums and sandy beaches. And Detroit's famous love affair with the motor car and Motown music speak for themselves.

Winters in the Great Lakes can be cold, and are best for skiing, snow-shoeing, exploring the cities or hunkering down in a micropub. But come spring and summer, the region bursts into life and toasts the warm sunny days with a string of celebrations, including some big-name music festivals. Be sure not to miss out.

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Beaches

Considering Lake Superior is 350 miles long, it's no real surprise that the lakes often seem more like inland seas than anything else. And the real bonus is that they're ringed by beaches - even close to the big cities. That means you can be shopping in Macy's one minute, and then lying on a lounger with your toes in the sand the next. Perfect!


Get Active

There's plenty to keep active types busy on Great Lakes holidays, including miles of lake shoreline to explore, as well as stunning forests and State Parks to discover. The action out on the water is pretty good too, with excellent sailing, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding, while you can even go surfing. The waves are most consistent on Lake Michigan, but at their biggest on Lake Superior.


Buying Power

Whether you want to buy hand-churned cheese from a farm in Wisconsin, a punnet of fresh berries from a roadside stall in Michigan, or a designer outfit from a big-name department store on Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile', the retail therapy on offer is not only varied but supremely satisfying.


Get Interested

Lots of things will pique your interest during Great Lakes Holidays. Petrol heads will want to admire the mean machines at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit; kids will never forget the biggest ever T-Rex skeleton at Chicago's Field Museum; and music lovers will want to move to the rhythms of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.


Culture

If you love looking at first-class art, then Milwaukee's Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago will provide food for your soul. There are also superb performing arts across all three cities: live blues and jazz clubs in Chicago; a host of summer festivals covering everything from music to dance; and top theatre including Broadway hits.

Our Top Hotels in the Great Lakes

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile

3.5

Just three blocks west of Navy Pier and two blocks east of the world-renowned Michigan Avenue, this appealing Chicago hotel provides comfortable accommodations in a great location.

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Palmer House A Hilton Hotel

Palmer House A Hilton Hotel

5

Where old world elegance blends with the modern amenities of today, this inspired hotel offers luxury travellers and shopping-enthusiasts with an upscale oasis in the heart of Chicago.

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites of Downtown Detroit

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites of Downtown Detroit

3

This hotel is in the perfect location for the business or leisure traveller. In addition to the finely appointed guest rooms, it offers fully equipped suites with full kitchens.

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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

4.0

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center hotel is a classic downtown Milwaukee Hotel recognized as the city's finest hotel with a tradition of excellence going back more than 80 years.

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Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena

Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena

4

Dubuque Hotel Located amidst Midwest Beauty Experience the alluring culture of Dubuque, the "Masterpiece on the Mississippi," from our inviting hotel's property.

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Aloft Minneapolis

Aloft Minneapolis

3.5

Aloft hotels are the new twist in travel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts. A vision of W Hotels, the Aloft Minneapolis is a bold, fresh, and fun new hotel featuring always-abuzz public spaces.

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Fly Drive Holiday: Great Lakes Inn-Sider Fly Drive Holiday

Chicago – Ephraim – Door County – Spring Green – Winona - Minneapolis/St Paul – Bayfield - Marquette - Mackinac Island - Saugatuck

Take in the highlights of the Great Lakes and stay in unique, boutique inns on this 12 night fly drive holiday. Starting out from the Windy City, you’ll visit stunning Door County, located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, stay in a boat hotel moored along the Mississippi in St Paul, spend time on the beautiful Apostle Islands and enjoy time at leisure in one of Michigan’s favourite beach destinations, Saugatuck.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Great Cities of the Great Lakes

Chicago – Green Bay – Marquette – Traverse City – Detroit – Toronto – Niagara Falls (Ontario) - Erie – Cleveland – Nappanee - Chicago

Starting out from Blues capital Chicago, enjoy a fly drive tour through the Great Lakes region, stopping in famous US cities and dipping briefly into Canada to visit Toronto and Niagara Falls.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Illinois Discovery

Chicago - Springfield - Alton - Peoria - Galena - Rockford

Located in the heart of the US, the Land of Lincoln promises a true American discovery, where mile after magnificent mile showcases the best that Illinois has to offer, jam packed with Presidential history, quaint towns, quirky Route 66 attractions, spectacular scenic byways and some of America’s popular sports. See the best of what Illinois offers on this classic fly drive, taking you through the state capital Springfield, to the river towns of Alton and Peoria, followed by the historic towns of Galena and Rockford.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Great River Road

Chicago - Galena - Quincy - Alton

Discover the majestic wilderness of the Mississippi River on this fly drive through the heartland of the American Midwest. Once home to the Native American tribes, French explorers and river pirates, explore a land of charming river towns, historical landmarks, scenic vineyards set against the sweeping beauty of the Mississippi River.
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You're going to need an ESTA!
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Passengers who have not applied for and received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel could be denied boarding of the plane or be refused admission at the US entry destination. However, neither possession of a visa, nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the port of entry.

How do I apply for an ESTA?
Just fill in the online application form which you can find at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Before you travel, you will need to visit this website and fill in the form.

When is best to apply for my travel authorisation?
You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel if you intend to travel to America.

How long is the travel authorisation valid for?
Your ESTA will be valid for up to two years, or until your passport expires. It is also valid for multiple entries to America. However you must amend any necessary data, such as date of travel and your address whilst in the US.

 
 

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