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road trip around great lakes

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road trip around great lakes

Looking into planning a trip for July or August 2013.

Cedar Point - Niagra Falls - Sleeping Bear Dunes

From there, not sure where to go. When I map going on the south side of Lake Superior, it is considerably shorter (250 miles) but drive time is longer than going all the way around the northern side of Superior. Will be traveling with 3 kids (9, 12, 13) & husband. We loved our past road trips especially Yellowstone & Grand Canyon. Will be leaving & returning to OKC area. Like to stay about 2 nights in most areas. Thanks so much!

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1. Re: road trip around great lakes

How much time do you have in the Great Lakes area? What are your family's interests apart from amusement parks? Are you interested in water sports, art museums, history, zip lines, music history and events, sports? Are you interested in Chicago or Niagara Falls?

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2. Re: road trip around great lakes

You might post this question on th Michigan forum. I just asked for similar info and they were really nice and helpful.

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Hi 1of5wilsons;

Do you plan to travel around all 5 of the Great Lakes ?

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We will have about 2 weeks, so 10-12 days traveling around the 5 great lakes. Not neccessarily stay overnight at all 5. We like nature & animals, short hikes, areas that are not overly crowded, natural beauty. Zip lines would be fun, love water sports. Not really into art or most museums. Kids do like aquariums, but not sure Shedd aquarium is worth the trip to Chicago. We have been to Chicago & Wisconsin Dells, so not necessary. Thanks wings, Ill look at Michigan Forum.

My rough draft so far

Sandusky OH - 2 nights (all day at park)

Drive to Niagra Falls - 2 nights

Stay lake huron or Lake Michigan sleeping bear dunes maybe - 2 nights

Drive north or south over Lake Superior ??

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5. Re: road trip around great lakes

summer 2011 - OK to Yellowstone to Grand Canyon to OK -4000 miles

summer 2012 - OK to Georgia to Destin, FL to OK - 2600 miles

summer 2013 - If we took in the Great Lakes area our kids will have covered most of the US except east & west coast.

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6. Re: road trip around great lakes

LOL I like your travel style! We've taken 6? road trips now from Ohio and all were over 5000 miles. We take 2 weeks plus a couple of extra days. Your kids are lucky. Is a good thing you're doing with them.

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7. Re: road trip around great lakes

If you are going to Sleeping Bear Dunes then you should go on up across the Mackinaw Bridge and go to Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore.In my own opinion Lake Superior is by far the best of the Great Lakes.

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Here's a guide to northern Ohio, exclusive of "Things to Do" in Cleveland.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s407/Cleveland…

As you love water sports, you should investigate Put-in-Bay, a short ferry ride from Sandusky. Various vendors there offer jet skis, jet boats, power boats, kayaks, floats, tubes and parasailing.

You would be visiting Put-in-Bay during the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, celebrated by Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. The 35-story observation deck atop the world's most massive Doric column is scheduled to be reopened this July after a multi-year restoration by the National Park Service.

http://www.putinbay.com/attractions.htm

Kelleys Island offers some of the world's best glacial grooves -- it's a national natural landmark -- and a cozy beach that CNN has rated as one of the most healthy in the U.S. It also offers sea kayaking and scuba diving.

kelleysisland.com/information/what_to_do_on_…

Another option is Pleasant Hill Lake in Ohio's Mohican region. It is an 850-acre artificial lake (no waves) with boat rentals and no horsepower restrictions.

http://www.pleasanthillmarina.com/

Pleasant Hill Lake is very close Ohio's reportedly best zipline, Tree Frog Canopy Tours in Loudonville. There are many other activities in the region, which also is Ohio's largest family canoeing destination. The canoeing is aided by water released from Pleasant Hill Lake and is tame except after large storms.

There are also ziplines in Michigan.

www.ziplinerider.com/Zipline_Locations.html

You might want to explore Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, one of the largest and best in the U.S.

Cleveland has an excellent zoo, with one of the best Rain Forest exhibits in the U.S. and a new African elephant exhibit featuring African elephants, larger than the Asian elephants featured in most zoos. Your kids also might enjoy the West Side Market, Steamship Mather, U.S.S. Cod, and perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland was ranked as one of the best in North America by USA Today and features 50 breeds of animals, including such endangered species as Jacob's Sheep, typically with 4-6 horns.

On your way to Niagara Falls, you might enjoy swimming at Presque Isle, with some of the best beaches on Lake Erie, water activities, and another National Natural Landmark to explore.

At the entrance to Presque Isle is Waldameer Park, one of the nation's last trolley parks. There is no admission charge. Visitors pay for individual rides. It features one of the world's best wooden coasters.

In the Niagara Falls region, consider the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride, and the Welland Canal. You likely would enjoy the Whirlpool Jet Boats. Bring water shoes, a change of clothing, and sit in front of an open-air boat for a white water rafting trip on steroids.

http://lockportcave.com/

Good planning!

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9. Re: road trip around great lakes

If your going to be at Niagara Falls, how about going up the Canadian side to Sudbury and then over to Sault Ste. Marie. Stop at locks...which are pretty cool. Than south through upper Michigan & across Mackinac Bridge. Ride across bridge is good experience itself; it sits so high. I did it on a motorcycle in the 60s...but that's another story. Maybe go to Mackinac Island. Then down to Sleeping Dunes.

You get (1) locks, (2) Bridge, (3) Mackinac Island plus some great scenery along the way. There is (or atleast used to be) some nice camp grounds in Mackinaw City at south end of bridge.

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10. Re: road trip around great lakes

Holland, Michigan is not far south of Sleeping Bear. It is a neat town; e.g. annual tulip festival. Dutch settlement.

I'm from Detroit (now in Cali) but it looks like you will on other side of the state and have little interest in large cities so won't bother posting Detroit stuff.