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!
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.
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.
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.
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.