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Lake Michigan Circle Tour
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Kites over Lake Michigan: Wow!
Herald Times News (9/4)
After a while, you run out of superlatives to describe the annual kite festival that turns Two Riversí Lake Michigan beach into a visual feast.

Racing the wind on a frozen Michigan lake
Gadling - Huffington Post (3/2)
The annual World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA) Championship was held recently on Lake Michigan, pitting competitors against one another in a variety of wind-powered races.

Wisconsin tourism peaks with changing leaves
Green Bay Press-Gazette (9/26)
While fall color has always been easy to find, it's even easier thanks to a wide range of spotters scattered throughout Wisconsin during the prime leaf-peeping months.

Shoreline areas to push historic attractions
Muskegon Chronicle (3/13)
Hoping to attract more high-income tourists, a federal Preserve America grant will help develop a "historic route" along 170 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Lakeshore towns expect wave of tourists after show
The Grand Rapids Press (3/5)
Michigan's premiere beach towns will begin washing up on PBS stations around the Midwest this month.

Dunes nature center reopens
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel (2/7)
The Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center, once infested with rodents and other animals, has reopened after $200,000 in repairs.

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General Resources
Chamber of Commerce Directory
Looking for travel information or a business directory for a specific Great Lakes community? Chambers of Commerce offer a wealth of information on these and many other topics. This site offers quick links to the Chamber offices in each state.

Enjoy Illinois
Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
Plan your next Illinois weekend getaway from this web site.

Enjoy Indiana
Indiana's official tourism web site.

Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) Travel Site
The GCM website provides travelers in the corridor area with information to assist them in making efficient transportation choices.

Lake Michigan Car ferry
Schedule, fare and other information for this car ferry service on Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Michigan's West Coast
Contains information about events, attractions, beaches, and more to help plan any trip to Michigan's west coast.

Travel Michigan
The official state of Michigan travel web site.

West Michigan Tourist Association
Contains guides, maps, access to events calendars and publications, as well as travel tips for western Michigan.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Wisconsin's official travel and tourism site.

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Circle Tour Road Route
Follow the Circle Tour signs! Chicago, Ill. to New Buffalo, Mich.:
ROUTE: Follow I-94E; In Gary, Ind., follow US-12 to I-94E
MILEAGE: Approximately 80 mi/120 km.
New Buffalo, Mich. to Mackinaw City, Mich.
ROUTE: Follow I-96E to Holland; US-31N to Manistee; MI-22 to Traverse City; US-31 to Petoskey; MI-119 to the town of Cross Bridge; C66 to US-31; cross the Mackinaw Bridge (toll) into the Upper Peninsula
MILEAGE: Approximately 450 mi/730 km
Mackinaw City, Mich. to Menominee, Mich./Marinette, Wis.:
ROUTE: Follow US-2 W to Escanaba; MI-35 to Menominee/Marinette
MILEAGE: Approximately 205 mi/325 km
SPUR ROUTE: At Garden Corners, take MI-183 to Fairport (Pt. Detour)
Menominee, Mich./Marinette, Wisc. to Milwaukee, Wis.:
ROUTE: Follow US-41 to US-43 in Green Bay; Follow WI-57E to WI-42S (Door Peninsula); in Manitowoc, follow I-43S to Milwaukee
MILEAGE: Approximately 325 mi/520 km
SPUR ROUTE: At Manitowoc, take the Lake Michigan Car Ferry to Ludington, Mich. (crossing time is approximately four hours)
Milwaukee, Wis. to Chicago, Ill.:
ROUTE: Follow WI-32 to WI/IL border; IL-137 to I-94
MILEAGE: Approximately 100 mi/150 km

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Cities and Towns
Chicago, Illinois
Located along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan.

Gary, Indiana
Located along the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Located along the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan.

Ludington, Michigan
Located along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Located along the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Muskegon, Michigan
Located on the eastern shore on Lake Michigan.

New Buffalo, Michigan
Located along the southeast shore of Lake Michigan.

Traverse City, Michigan
Located along the northeastern shore of Lake Michigan.

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Lodging and Camping
Camping in Wisconsin State Parks and Forests
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Illinois State Parks and Recreation Areas
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Includes information on lodges, cabins and campsites.

Indiana Online Lodging Reservation Service
Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association

Michigan Forests, Land & Water
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association
Information on over 210 B&Bs located throughout Michigan.

Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association
Information on B&B accommodations in Wisconsin.

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Parks and Recreation
Illinois State Parks & Recreation Areas
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
National Park Service
Stretching along 18 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, this 14,000-acre park is home to 1,445 species of plants and 2,200 acres of forest, marsh, dunes and beach.

Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Michigan Recreation and Camping
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
National Park Service
This lakeshore perches along the northwestern shore of Michigan's lower peninsula, a hilly region with massive coastal sand dunes.

Warren Dunes State Park
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Located in southwestern Michigan, the Warren Dunes tower 240 feet above Lake Michigan, attracting hikers and hang gliders and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Wisconsin State Parks & Forests
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Search under "Things To Do", then under "Recreation and Attractions."

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Related Resources
GLIN: Highways in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Illinois
GLIN: Indiana
GLIN: Lake Michigan
GLIN: Lake Michigan Facts and Figures
GLIN: Lighthouses in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Michigan
GLIN: Wisconsin

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