Top 10 Things to Do in the Great Lakes Region

Make the most of your time in the United States – get out and explore!

1. Pick your own cherries

Take an afternoon stroll through an orchard and fill up on Michigan᾿s unofficial state fruit. These delicious tart treats are great in pies, ice cream, or right off the tree.

2. Explore Chicago


The Windy City has it all: sports, great food, world-class museums, and attractions. Try a slice of deep dish pizza, visit Navy Pier, and take in the view of the city from the skydeck of the Willis Tower.

3. Experience a classic American summer fair

At the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, July 29 – August 9, you can watch piglets race, sample corn dogs and cotton candy, hear amazing music, get your thrills on wild rides, and yes, even see cows sculpted from butter.

4. Try Wisconsin cheddar

We don’t call Wisconsin natives “cheeseheads” for nothing – the state is the country’s largest producer of cheddar cheese. Whether you prefer mild or extra sharp, grab a box of crackers and get snacking.

5. Rock out in Cleveland

This Ohio city has Elvis’ Cadillac, Michael Jackson’s glove, John Lennon’s colorful Sgt. Pepper uniform, and more of the best memorabilia in one place: he Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

6. Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Auto racing is a popular American sport, and Indy is our most famous racetrack. Get your motor running at the Brickyard, and learn more about the history of the sport at the Indianapolis, Indiana, track’s Hall of Fame Museum.

7. Explore America’s Third Coast

Take advantage of the Great Lakes’ 11,000 miles of coastline, ideal for kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming. A popular place to get close to nature in Michigan is Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior, which features sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and much more.

8. Marvel at Lake Michigan᾿s sand dunes

Named one of America᾿s most beautiful places, Sleeping Bear Dunes features miles of sandy beach and towering bluffs that rise 450 feet over Lake Michigan.

9. Celebrate regional agriculture

Get your hands on fresh, locally grown produce and meet the hardworking people who grow it, at a summer fair or farmers’ market in Michigan.

10. Go tubing

Marvel at breathtaking scenery as you float down one of the region’s many beautiful rivers, like these in Wisconsin.

Stay safe and have fun!


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