Regions and Cities
There is so much to explore in Green Bay, such as the Tank Cottage, the oldest building standing in Wisconsin; the historic Hazelwood House Museum; and Bay Beach Amusement Park. No trip is complete without visiting sacred ground for Green Bay Packers fans, Lambeau Field.
Door County is situated on a peninsula in eastern Wisconsin with Lake Michigan to its east. Door County is sometimes called `the Cape Cod of the Midwest` due to their penchants for fish boils, their numerous lighthouses, and the federally protected landscapes and beachscapes surrounding them.
The Lake Michigan shoreline north of Milwaukee and south of Door County is very diverse geographically, ranging from cities and towns such as Sheboygan and Manitowoc, to beaches, state parks, nature preserves, and windswept golf courses.
Milwaukee is a place where 19th-century historic buildings share the same city blocks as 21st-century urban renewal projects. It is one of the beer capitals of the world, and today Milwaukee is famous for beer as well as its budding culinary scene and popular cultural events.
The Lake Michigan shoreline south of Milwaukee in Wisconsin is home to two major cities: Kenosha and Racine. Kenosha has its own streetcar, one of the smallest U.S. cities to have one. Racine is well-known for its public beach, one of the most popular on Lake Michigan.
The Illinois Beach State Park offers the best of Lake County, Illinois, boasting stunning scenic landscapes including six-and-a-half miles of sandy shoreline, 4,160 acres of park decorated with unique flora, breathtaking beauty, and a vast array of scenic recreational opportunities.
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest region. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and Tribune Tower. A must-visit place for tourists is ritzy Michigan Avenue, part of which is the famed `Magnificent Mile`.
Indiana Dunes Beach is made up of the 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline inside the boundaries of Indiana Dunes National Park, which in 2019 became Indiana`s first national park. There are 15 miles of beaches, and the park is home to over 2,300 species of flora and fauna.
Holland, Michigan is indeed a piece of Holland in the United States. The descendants of Dutch immigrants left two legacies: one, a small town full of Dutch ambience; and two, over 100 churches, giving Holland the nickname `The City of Churches`.
Traverse City is nicknamed `the Cherry Capital` and hosts the annual National Cherry Festival each July. Traverse City is also located in one of the key winemaking regions of the Midwest, and is a popular year-round lake travel destination.
The Mackinac Straits, just 3 1/2 miles wide, separate the tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan from the Upper Peninsula. Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark and is lovingly restored to its Victorian-era resort town glory.