Great Lakes holidays are all about sweeping vistas, pristine nature, outdoor activities, quaint towns and captivating cities. Comprising Lake Superior, Huron, Ontario, Erie and Michigan, the Great Lakes span eight US states, as well as Ontario in Canada, and are surrounded by 10,000 miles of shoreline dotted with beautiful beaches, rolling sand dunes and charming lakeside communities. Explore lighthouses perched on craggy coves and endless islands while discovering the region’s rich maritime history and diverse culture. Wander round traditional towns such as Saugatuck and Ephraim and hop on the ferry to atmospheric Mackinac Island.
City lovers will be spoilt for choice too. Milwaukee, the original epicentre of America’s beer industry, is a haven of hip microbreweries, cool bars and nightlife. And Detroit, famous for its motorcars and Motown, comes complete with top-notch museums and a buzzing café culture.
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The Great Lakes are home to national parks, wildlife preserves, pristine waters, sandy shores, and outdoor activities aplenty. The region boasts a wealth of natural beauty and an intriguing history, from the vast farmlands of Wisconsin and Amish communities in Ohio to the deep green forests of Minnesota.
What is There to Do in The Great Lakes?
Niagara Falls spans the US and Canadian border, promising awe-inspiring scenery, thrilling attractions, hiking trails, and delectable dining options in a family-friendly environment.
Cities and Culture
Amazing cities grace the shores of the Great Lakes, from Toronto – Canada's largest city – to Chicago, home of the continent's tallest skyscrapers. Other cultural attractions include car-free Mackinac Island; Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world; and The Henry Ford, a fascinating history and travel museum.
The Great Lakes Wildlife
Visiting the Great Lakes gives you the opportunity to spot impressive wildlife, including Canadian lynx, grey wolves, moose and river otters. The region is also a mecca for birdwatching, home to bald eagles, northern harriers and warblers.
Why book your Great Lakes holiday with Original Travel?
Whether you want to travel at your own pace during a road trip, join escorted tours of the region’s charming towns, or mix it up with a spot of rail and sail, our specialists are the perfect people to ask. They’ve done the hard work so you can simply relax and enjoy your trip.