Our Great Lakes Road Trip in Pictures
The Great Lakes were the centrepiece of our road trip through the Midwest, but they were hardly the only stunning attraction we saw along the way. The Discover America road trips crew joined Chinese blogger Jun Song on a trip spanning five states—Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio—which included big cities, bigger wilderness and deep-dish pizzas bigger than our heads. Below you’ll find some of our favourite photos from our 10 days on the road.
We began our road trip in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Harley-Davidson Museum. We basked in the beauty of the fuel tanks on the “Tank Wall” and absorbed some motorcycle-rider adrenaline. Our visit set the tone for our entire journey.
We were impressed by everything in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It’s a popular place for locals and travellers to stop and relax in the shadows of the city’s famous architecture—or to just splash around in Crown Fountain’s reflecting pool.
Jun took some time away from shooting his own photos to pose in front of the Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier. We also grabbed some strawberry lemonade and rode the wheel to get some amazing views of the city and Lake Michigan.
We saw the most spectacular sunset of our trip beside the pier and lighthouse at Grand Haven State Park in Grand Haven, Michigan. It’s a quiet and extraordinary town on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, so it’s only fitting that we experienced such a quiet and extraordinary moment there.
In Grand Haven, we also loved strolling through the Rosy Mound Natural Area, a protected wilderness area with hiking trails, beaches and sand dunes. We ended up with sand in our shoes, but it was a small price to pay to experience such beauty and wonder.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jun poked his head out of the Jeep Grand Cherokee we rented from Alamo Rent-A-Car. Yes, we did get out of the car there, though only for a little while to stroll around town and have lunch at Founders Brewery. We’ll see and do more there next time.
We indulged in musical history at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan. This is where Michael Jackson, The Supremes and other musical legends recorded songs that defined an era of American music and inspired listeners around the world.
We arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, in time for the sunset, then headed downtown to 4th Street for a spectacular dinner at Lola Bistro. With rib-eye steaks, lobster tails and whiskey on a bright, welcoming street, what more could we ask for?
After our Cleveland stop, we made a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio, where we indulged in craft beer and burgers at Wolf’s Ridge Brewery. The food and drinks menu is extensive. You can get a traditional burger or something a little more creative, like the Cuban Burger with pork pâté and Gruyère cheese.
Our last stop was Indianapolis, Indiana, where we closed out the night taking in musical performances on dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon. The signature drinks here come in 2.5-litre buckets—with lots of straws.
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