Lake Michigan is truly a ‘great’ lake, the fifth largest in the world, with a surface area of over 22,000 square miles and some 1,640 miles of shoreline. Chicago is the biggest city on the lake, but if you’re looking to escape the city for a long weekend of fun and relaxation, there are so many charming small towns along the banks.
The Great Lakes Circle Tour is a driveable 900-mile loop, and while you take on the almost 15-hour drive, a better plan is to break it into separate trips. Heading north from Chicago, towards Milwaukee, it takes about 3.5 hours to reach the tip top of the Door County peninsula. Alternatively, opt to drive through Indiana, towards Michigan. It only takes about 45 minutes to reach the Indiana shoreline, where the Indiana Dunes, a stunning brand-new national park, offers a glimpse into the unique regional ecosystem.