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Exploring The Great Lakes Seaway Trail in Winter

Living so close to the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan to be exact), I often take them for granted. Then along comes some­thing new that I hadn’t heard of before. Case in point: The Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

Great Lakes what?” Exactly. If you’ve never heard of it before, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a driving/boating byway that par­al­lels the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes in New York and Pennsylvania. The trail is a National Scenic Byway that includes includes Niagara Falls; 1000 Islands; 29 light­houses; War of 1812 farm and nature sites; lots of har­bors, world-class sport­fish­ing, bridges and fer­ries to and from Canada, and the Seaway Trail Discovery Center.

2010 Michigan Travel Ideas Magazine Now Available

The 2010 Michigan Travel Ideas mag­a­zine is now avail­able free of charge from Travel Michigan, the state’s tourism pro­mo­tion office. The 120-page, full-color travel guide is a four-season resource for explor­ing the Great Lakes State.

Tall Ships Challenge Coming to the Great Lakes in 2010

The are lots of rea­sons to visit the Great Lakes any time of the year, from island camp­ing and div­ing ship wrecks to vis­it­ing his­toric light houses. This com­ing sum­mer, there will be one more rea­son: the Great Lakes will host the Tall Ships Challenge race series in 2010. The ships will race through all five Great Lakes, mak­ing port appear­ances in cities through­out the region.

Great Family Island Vacation Getaways on the Great Lakes

Get your groove on at Kelleys Island, home of the Glacial Grooves State Memorial! Kelleys Island is sparsely pop­u­lated island in Lake Erie, just off the Marblehead Peninsula, near Sandusky, Ohio. The island is home to a small vil­lage of the same name, a lime­stone quarry, Kelleys Island State Park and Glacial Grooves State Memorial. It’s a fairly large island, con­sist­ing of twenty-eight hun­dred acres and an eighteen-mile shoreline.