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Great Lakes Region

Majestic pines and powerhouse art. Coastal lighthouses and riverside jazz.

Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. They’re more like inland seas with forested islands, rock caves and sand-dune beaches. The Great Lakes were first charted by French explorers in the late 1600s. Towns on their coasts quickly prospered and attracted a steady stream of immigrants to this resource-rich section of the country.

Today, the lake-bordering states offer modern-day explorers - and vacationers - a first-hand look at the wilderness that inspired industrial innovation and powered great cities while furnishing scenic vistas of rural life.

List of States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Major cities: Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland 

Great Lakes Region Hotels

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Chicago - Chicago Essex Inn

The Essex Inn is an intimate hotel that is well located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park and Lake Michigan. The location is walking distance to downtown shopping and most major museums. It is one of the three closest hotels to the convention center, McCormick Place.

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Detroit - Allen Park - Best Western Greenfield Inn

Located directly off Interstate 94 at Oakwood Blvd. 2 miles from Greenfield Village, 9 miles from both Cobo Hall and Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and just minutes away from Windsor, Canada, the Second City Theater, and the Fox Theater. The hotel is 3 stories high and has interior corridors.