The Great Lakes region is home to more than one in five Americans – and a fifth of the entire world's freshwater. Truly part of the heartland, the five lakes are framed by iconic cities like Toronto alongside excellent surf beaches, windswept lighthouses and characterful islands.
Left from the Ice Age’s retreating glaciers, the Great Lakes are a true geographic wonder. Expect centuries-old canals, historic lakeside cities and charming 19th-century towns alongside bustling big cities like Detroit or Chicago, with plenty to entertain the cosmopolitan crowd, from excellent cuisine to lively music and theatre.
The sleepy small towns and idyllic countryside are ideal for boat trips – particularly scenic are Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, all rugged sandy shores and jutting rocks, while big-name Lake Ontario is, of course, home to the famous Niagara Falls – a must in any Great Lake itinerary. Lesser known are the charming islands of Manitoulin, home to the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America, and Mackinac, all weatherboard houses and quaint churches.
Lake Superior, Ontario/Michigan