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Visit the Great Lakes


The Great Lakes region is home to more than one in five Americans and is truly part of the heartland.

Located around one of the largest groups of freshwater lakes on earth, this heartland region encompasses bustling big cities, sleepy small towns and idyllic county scenes as it spreads across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Chicago is the region's largest city, and there is plenty to entertain the most cosmopoiltan crowd, from fantastic food to lively music and theatre. 

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Great Lakes Discovery on Victory

15-day river cruise from £6,070 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made stay & cruise

On the M/V Victory I, delve into North America’s maritime history with a visit to all five of North America’s Great Lakes.

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Great Lakes Discovery on Victory

15-day river cruise from £6,070 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made stay & cruise

On the M/V Victory I, delve into North America’s maritime history with a visit to all five of North America’s Great Lakes.

Historic Route 66 – Great American Road Trip

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,335 pp incl. flights

Take a trip along Route 66, America’s most celebrated highway. inspired countless films, books and songs, from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to Woody Guthrie’s 'The Ballad of Tom Joad' and Bobby Troup’s classic '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66'.

Highlights of the Great Lakes

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,485 pp incl. flights

Watch as sweeping shorelines, architectural icons and powerhouse cities combine.

Chicago City Breaks

Tailor-made city break

Under nine hours from London and with superb sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and dining, Chicago, the so-called "windy city" on the shores of spectacular Lake Michigan, is fast becoming one of the USA's favourite short-break destinations.

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Top places to stay in Great Lakes

Landmark Inn, Marquette, Michigan

Traditional hotel

Overlooking the rocky shores of Lake Superior in downtown Marquette, there are 62 rooms and suites offering a comfortable place to stay, and many rooms have lake views. With an English-style pub, art deco Lounge bar and an Italian restaurant, the Landmark has been the social hub of Marquette.

Covington Inn B&B, St Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota

Small & intimate hotel

This quirky, floating bed and breakfast is housed in a restored 1946 3-story tug boat containing four cosy suites, a salon, and a panoramic rooftop deck. Buoyed and buffered by the Mississippi, the riverside setting is peaceful yet central within easy reach of all that St Paul has to offer.

Alexander Mansion B&B, Winona, Minnesota

Small & intimate hotel

This charming, turn of the century Victorian mansion in Winona has been restored to its former glory and offers a comfortable and atmospheric place to stay. With just five guest rooms and a 4 course gourmet breakfast served each morning, guests are made to feel very welcome here.

Chicago Millennium - The Knickerbocker, Illinois

Contemporary hotel

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel offers sleek and stylish accommodation in a great location, at the start of the Magnificent Mile with its endless shopping, dining and entertainment. Attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago and 360 Chicago (formerly the John Han

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Where to go in Great Lakes


More than 100 lighthouses and many historic military fortifications from the American Revolution and Civil War line Michigan's shoreline, while offshore numerous maritime museums ...


The 'windy city' of Chicago got its nickname from its unique politics, not the weather, so you can expect a laid back city built for all seasons, with world-class museums, miles of lakefront vistas, award-winning restaurants and luxury hotels.

When to go to Great Lakes

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With the Great Lakes region sharing its northern borders with Canada, winters are unsurprisingly cold affairs. Temperatures plummet and there are plenty of opportunities to try winter sports. In contrast, summer can reach highs of 30° meaning beer gardens open up and city folk head to the beaches to cool off. For quieter crowds, along with a temperate climate, autumn and spring are both worthy of consideration.

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A holiday on Route 66

With nearly 2,500 miles to choose from, we’ve put together the must-see stops along Route 66 – America’s original road trip. Along with the big-city highlights, there’s plenty of off-the-beaten-track intrigue, including national parks and forgotten railroad towns.

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