Travel guide to The Great Lakes



Travel preparation


Best time to visit

The area can be visited all year. It gets hot and humid in the summer, while winters are cold with lots of snow.

Local conditions


Time zone

When it is 12 a.m. in the U.K., it is 7 a.m. in this area. In Illinois and Minnesota it is 8 a.m.

Culture and entertainment

There are several hundreds of festivals in the area. At summertime especially, some places have festivals, markets or other big events every single weekend. Among many others, one could mention the Winter Carnival and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in Minnesota in February. In Illinois they have the Chicago Boat and Sports Show and the St. Patricks Day Parade in March. The Ann Arbor Jaycees Summer Carnival and the Cherry Harvest Time take place in Michigan in July. In Ohio you can experience the Ohio Renaissance Festival in October, as well as the Circleville Pumpkin Show and the Apple Butter Stirrin Festival.

Accommodation / Hotel

Generally, the accommodation possibilities are good. There are several good hotels, hostels and guesthouses. Book your hotel in The Great Lakes here

Local transport



Taxis are operating in all cities. They can easily be hired in the street and all use af taximeter.

Other transport

Buses and trains go regularly between all towns in the area, and it is possible to fly between the bigger cities.
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