Explore the Great Lakes Region: Plenty of Lakes, Plenty of Fun

Eight US states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) line the shores of the Great Lakes, whileparts of the Canadian province form the rest of the borders with the lakes. The Great Lakes region consists of five major lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. However, there are also smaller lakes in the area, such as Lake Nipigon, which is connected to Lake Superior through the Nipigon River.

Of all the US states, Michigan is the one most associated with the Great Lakes region, as the state is divided by Lake Michigan into a northern and southern half and also houses parts of four of the five Great Lakes.

It's impossible to go wrong choosing a lake to visit, as they all have a certain charm. Whether you're taking a hiking trip through the woods, gearing up for an extended cycling trip, trying out mountaineering and water sports, tanning on the shore in the summer, or admiring the picture-perfect snowy landscape in the winter: a trip to the Great Lakes is well worth your time.

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Attractions in the Great Lakes Region

  • Big cities like Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, or Detroit, where you can spend a couple days before taking in the countryside and the larger Great Lakes region by car or Greyhound bus.
  • The 800-meter-wide Niagara Falls are known worldwide and live up to their reputation (they are located between the American state of New York and Canadian province of Ontario)
  • The Killarney Provincial Park is a dream for hikers and nature lovers
  • In Sainte-Marie among the Hurons you can visit the museum housed in a former mission station and learn the history of the Jesuits and Hurons

Climate and best travel time in the Great Lakes region

The Great Lakes region has a continental climate with seasons that differ starkly. In winter, temperatures can drop as low as -31 ° F and you'll experience snow-covered landscapes and frozen lakes. In the summer, temperatures hover between 75 and 85 ° F, and occasionally go over 85 ° F. The fall weather is pleasant and temperate. Given the climate, the ideal travel time is between May and October. Winter holidays in the Great Lakes Region can also be worthwhile, particularly if you're looking for stunning frozen landscapes and winter sports opportunities.

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