The Best of the Midwest and Great Lakes Vacations

Tucked between the United States and Canada, Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.  With Lake Superior being the largest continental lake in the world, the Great Lakes contain 21 percent of all freshwater on the planet. The massive size of the lakes has a profound effect on the areas around them, making them popular travel and vacation destinations. The Great Lakes region, which is made up of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, gives people from all over the country a great place to visit. Great Lakes travel is most popular in the summer when the lake’s water is warm and the beaches can offer a respite from summer’s heat. Here are some ideas from The Parking Spot for Great Lakes vacations: Niagara Falls, New York The Great Lakes are home to one of the most treasured tourist attractions in the United States, Niagara Falls. The Niagara River, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, creates the three falls - Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil - which combined make up this world famous Great Lakes travel destination. The majority of the popular attractions are located within Niagara Falls State Park, where travelers can even go beneath some of the falls. If you really want to get up close and see the falls face to face, boat rides are also available. Adding to the allure of the area is the Seneca Niagara Casino, which has a luxurious hotel along with many stores and restaurants. This unique area of New York has activities for everyone and makes for an enjoyable summer Great Lakes vacation. Chicago, Illinois By itself, Chicago is one of the largest cities in the United States and is home to plenty for tourists to discover.  Couple this with Lake Michigan and its beaches and Chicago is a perfect summer Great Lakes travel site. Tourists can explore Navy Pier, Museum Park and try to decide for themselves who truly has the best Chicago-style pizza.  Other fun activities can include a Chicago White Sox or Cubs game, standing in the Skydeck of the Willis tower and visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. This great Midwestern city has plenty for tourists to see, making it an awesome Great Lakes vacation spot. Cedar Point, Cleveland, Ohio With four roller coasters taller than 200 feet, this famous amusement park is a must visit for roller coaster junkies.  Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cedar Point is open daily from mid-May until Labor Day and has a world-record 72 rides, which includes 16 roller coasters. Visitors can also take advantage of nearby attractions that include a one-mile-long white-sand beach, outdoor and indoor water parks, marinas and resorts. Traverse City, Michigan Located on the northwest side of Michigan’s ‘mitten’, Traverse City is a great destination for a relaxing Great Lakes vacation. During the summer, travelers can enjoy activities such as boating, parasailing and golfing.  One of the great attractions in the area is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  This park on the shores of Lake Michigan is a great picnic and hiking site. Traverse City is even a great winter vacation destination with skiing and snowmobiling available to tourists as well as a casino and multiple museums. Because of their massive size and incredible amounts of shoreline, the Great Lakes give us plenty of opportunities for travel and vacations. Let The Parking Spot help you start plan your summer Great Lakes vacation.  
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