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Great Lakes

Getting there & around

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is the main air hub for the region. Detroit, Cleveland and Minneapolis also have busy airports.

Greyhound (800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) connects many local cities and towns. Upstart Megabus (877-462-6342; www.megabus.com/us) provides an efficient alternative between major Great Lakes cities. Note that Megabus has no bus terminals (drop-off and pick-up are at various street corners), and all purchases must be made in advance online (you cannot buy a ticket from the driver).

Southeast Michigan (including Detroit) is the least expensive place to rent cars in the region. If you are traveling on major interstate highways (such as I-80 in Ohio or I-90 in Illinois), piles of change are useful for the tolls.

Two car/passenger ferries sail across Lake Michigan, providing a shortcut between Wisconsin and Michigan. The Lake Express crosses between Milwaukee and Muskegon. The older SS Badger crosses between Manitowoc and Ludington.

The national railroad network centers on Chicago, from where Amtrak (800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com) runs trains regularly to cities throughout the region and the rest of the USA.

Regional driving distances:

Chicago to Minneapolis 400 miles

Chicago to Detroit 278 miles

Milwaukee to Apostle Islands 375 miles

Minneapolis to Duluth 150 miles

Indiana Dunes to Sleeping Bear Dunes 255 miles