20Lake Michigan, one of North America’s five Great Lakes, is located entirely in the U.S. It is bounded by Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, with Chicago at is southernmost point and Milwaukee on its southwestern shore. The Lake Michigan area is a bustling waterfront with lots of attractions and activities.
Attractions and Activities in Lake Michigan Area
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park stretches 25 miles from Gary along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. Indian Dunes boasts more than 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, marshes, prairies, forests, rivers and swamps that offer exciting activities. Visitors can enjoy the beaches, hiking trails and camping sites.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore consists of miles of sand dunes on Lake Michigan near Traverse City and North and South Manitou islands.
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior’s southern shore features stunning lakeside landscapes, including a rugged coastline with naturally sculpted rock formations and waterfalls.
Chicago’s Navy Pier on Lake Michigan is widely popular for its amusement park, live entertainment, shopping, theater and restaurant.
Toronto’s CN Tower on Lake Ontario, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure, offers spectacular views, including a steep downward view from a glass floor.
Cedar Point Amusement Park on Lake Erie is an 1870 amusement park, touted as the world’s largest, and features some of the tallest and fastest rides.
The South Shore towns offer exciting shopping opportunities, world-class golf courses and casinos. It has several harbors including Hammond Marina in Hammond and Pastrick Municipal Marina in Chicago for water adventures on motorboats, canoes and sailboats.
Charter fishing on Lake Michigan offers the best experience during spring, summer and fall. You are welcome to check the Charter Rates at Stuart Fl Fishing. The lake teems with Chinook salmon, coho, lake trout, steelhead and many brown trout species.
Nearby island destinations, including Thousand Islands, Isle RoyaleNational Park, Lake Erie Islands, St. Joseph Island and Manitoulin Island, offer enthralling nature tours and vacations.
The Great Lakes Circle Tour, a designated picturesque road system, connects all the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The Lake Michigan Circle Tour loops around Lake Michigan on state highways closest to the lake. A spur route takes the SS Badger ferry across the lake between Michigan and Wisconsin.
Lake Michigan Transportation
As the Great Lakes encompass a vast area there are several points of entry, the most common being Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. I-94 is a major U.S. highway connecting the Great Lakes area, running from Lake Michigan’s west coast through Chicago, central Michigan and Detroit.
Accommodations on Lake Michigan
The Lake Shore Resort overlooks Lake Michigan from a beautiful shoreline bluff. It is a private beach location just minutes from downtown Saugatuck in Michigan and makes a perfect getaway destination. It is close to restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, boat cruises, dune rides, charter fishing and live summer theater. The resort has 30 non-smoking rooms that are air-conditioned and well-furnished with diverse amenities including cable TV, coffeemakers and refrigerators. Large windows provide beautiful lake views. Other facilities include heated pool, continental breakfast, bikes, kayaks and wooded walking trails.