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Great Lakes holidays offer a huge range of places to explore - from big cosmopolitan cities to divine sweeping landscapes. Travelling across eight US states and one Canadian province, the Great Lakes provide the ideal lakes road trip through the USA if you are seeking diverse culture and a relaxing, peace-filled holiday.

Explore some of the largest lakes in the world, including Lake Michigan, which is the largest lake within one country in the world. You can also visit the second largest lake in the world by area, the aptly-named Lake Superior.

Along your travels, you can expect to visit Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario. These lakes offer a wealth of activities ideal for everyone, from boat trips to wildlife watching. There are also plenty of water-based activities such as kayaking to enjoy, as well as peaceful walks along the lake shores.

Discover cultural hotspots in the Great Lakes

Great Lakes holidays are ideal for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike. You can explore a variety of captivating culture, breath-taking scenery and lively cities. Be sure to call in at some of the region’s big cities, such as Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto.

Visit the Buffalo Zoo, which is home to some of the world’s most exotic and endangered animals, such as African lions, Indian rhinos and red pandas.

Soak up culture and iconic artwork at The Art Institute of Chicago, which is home to over 300,000 works of art. Alternatively, sample some of the finest craft beer in Milwaukee at some of the finest breweries, and take a trip to Canada’s iconic CN Tower where you can enjoy being wined and dined in a revolving restaurant.

Spend more time exploring the sights, cities and landscapes in the United States or Canada, by choosing one of our multi-centre holidays. Extend your stay and discover the East Coast with one of our our Route 66 holidays, or get in touch with nature by choosing our Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore and Denver multi-centre package.

Destination Highlights

  • Explore car-free Mackinac Island by foot or bike. Discover fascinating trails and intriguing woods, and unearth enchanting limestone rock formations
  • Keep an eye out for Michigan's wildlife, including white-tailed deer, moose, river otters and foxes in the unspoilt Upper Peninsula
  • Discover “Cape Cod of the Midwest” in Wisconsin, where you’ll find beautiful coastlines, coves, and harbours to explore
  • Stroll along the tranquil shores of Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior, while taking in landscapes and wildlife

Great sample itineraries

Mix and match from our selection of sample itineraries for your Great Lakes holiday. Alternatively, why not contact us and design a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs?

Traverse City Sunrise

Great Lakes Guided Tour From Chicago

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Explore the USA’s magical Great Lakes region on this spectacular eight day small group tour. With a mix of lively...
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Rachel, Destination Executive

“Mackinac Island in Michigan is a great place to stop off. With its pedestrianised streets and Victorian architecture, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the past. The best way is to explore by bike, but you can also explore on foot.”

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“Those who are serious about taking in all the sights that this beautiful region has to offer they consider hiring a car or motorhome. This will allow you to explore as much as possible and see everything at your own pace.”

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