Did you know that the world’s largest freshwater lake (by volume) is in the US? Well, most of it! We share part of Michigan’s Lake Superior with Canada, but it is the largest freshwater lake in the world. When looking at a map, you can’t help but notice the many lakes surrounding Michigan. Whether you’re coming from the northeast or elsewhere, a fun summer road trip has to be a Great Lakes Tour.

Great Lakes Tour

A road trip with kids isn’t complete without a flexible itinerary, and tons of preparation. We talked before about tips for a long road trip, and some of those tips come in handy for a Great Lakes tour too: Get your car serviced, have a plan for stops and entertainment, but there are some changes too when you’re not driving all day, every day.

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Stops on the Great Lakes Tour

If you’re coming from the East Coast, then make your first stop at Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is one of the most iconic natural spots for tourists visiting the US, so make it a must-see for your family too. This trip also ensures you see Lake Ontario water! Since you can head a few minutes north from the falls to “Niagara on the Lake” you can see all the five great lakes in one trip if you do that quick trip north.

From there, driving through Pennsylvania and Ohio, you can definitely get a touch of nature, stopping through and seeing some of the Lake Erie coast, before planning a day at the water park Cedar Point, which is located on the shores of Lake Erie.

Next, head north into Michigan where you’ll catch the rest of the Great Lakes. Places to visit on the way north include:

  • Detroit – Motor City USA, with a revitalizing downtown and views into Lake St. Claire (not a great lake, but connects to Lake Huron and Erie) and into Canada, you can spend the day in any of the museums, or choose to make your way north to the thumb of the lower peninsula. With many home stays and cabins available, you’re bound to find something in your budget for fun and frolic on a lake.
  • Next, find your way north to Mackinac Island. You’ll need to pay for your car to be parked in either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace, but this is definitely worth a day’s visit. Choose to stay over night or stay on either side of the Big Mac (the 5 mile long Mackinaw Bridge). To the east of the bridge is Lake Huron, to the West is Lake Michigan.
  • From there, head north to Sault Ste. Marie. The Soo Locks are magical for any ship lovers! After a picnic in any of the numerous parks, head west to have a boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which is along Lake Superior as well.
  • Spend the night in Marquette, before heading to the Keweenaw Peninsula, where, if the weather is right, you may note that you’re far north enough to see Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights! Yes, every summer they become visible from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and you may catch them while being on the shores of Lake Superior.
  • From there, head south on US-41 into Wisconsin where you’ll see the many bays of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is known for their cheese, so don’t miss it!
  • Next, head into Chicago and catch the windy city, before finishing your trip and heading home.

Of course, if you’re headed from the south or west, you can always start your trip from Chicago, but a Great Lakes tour is definitely a fun, educational and relaxing way to enjoy a road trip this summer.


Safe driving!

Unicorns Wishlist - BusyBeingJennifer.com

UNICORNS!! I’m utterly obsessed and they keep popping up when I’m poking around the internets! So of course it just made sense to put together a wish list centered around my current obsession! You know… in case someone wants to suprose me with something I’d acutally LOVE to get my hands on *wink wink & nudge nudge husband!*

If you’re as in love with Unicorns as I am, you’re going to LOVE these ideas!

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Unicorn Water Bottle – My spirit animal really, truly is a Unicorn!

Unicorn Candle – Ever wondered what a Unicorn Fart smelled like? Well now you can find out!

Unicorn Laptop Decal – I totally ordered this in Gold! 😀

Spirit Animal Tee  – SQUEEEEE!!! Hubs if you’re listening… this is the one I want more than all others 😀

Watercolor Unicorn Print – This is just so pretty!

Small Unicorn Coin Purse – Ummmm…. I NEED THIS! Even though I make zipper pouches… I don’t have that fabric and I LOVE it!

I don’t believe in human’s mug – This is DARLING! And totally made me LOL!

Unicorn Earrings – Yes Please!!

Pink Unicorn Bath Bombs – Take your unicorns into the bath with you 😀

Made by unicorns sewing label – How cute are these! I need to get some for when I make gifts for people!

Handmade unicorn ornament – This would look adorable hanging off the mirror of my truck!

Unicorn head wall mount in gold – Office decor perfection? HECK YES!

Unicorn iPhone case – My phone should be able to dress up as a Unicorn whenever it wants!

Unicorn cross stitch pattern – I LOVE this cute little stitched unicorn! And you can’t beat that price for a pattern!

Unicorn Bows Don’t just put a bow on it, put a UNICORN BOW on it! #Winning!

Lets just say, when it comes to ideas of what to get me for pretty much any occasion… Put some Unicorns on it and you’re automatically winning!

I wasn’t kidding when I said I had been on a reading spree lately! This is the third book that I finished in less than a week! I go through reading phases where I have a voracious appetite for anything I can get my hands on, and other times, I can’t be bothered to crack a book at all! I had forgotten just how much I love these “reading binges” and losing myself in story after story!

Book Review: Gabriella by Brenda HiattGoodreads Synopsis:  Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt

He lost a wager . . . but won a treasure.

Due to a lost wager, the Duke of Ravenham is obliged to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion among the high-sticklers of London Society. Ravenham would never refuse a debt of honor, no matter how unorthodox, so he overlooks Miss Gordon’s vulgar relations to do what is necessary, escorting the unsophisticated chit to balls, etc. But what he expects to be an irksome duty turns out to be something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protege’s innocent charm. When he lost that wager, he definitely never counted on losing his heart as well!

First impressions can be deceiving.

Miss Gabriella Gordon only came to London at her mother’s and sister’s insistence, for she’d much rather assist in running her father’s veterinary practice than attempt to fit into fashionable society. No sooner has she arrived in London than the exalted (and exceedingly handsome) Duke of Ravenham comes to call. The reason is less than flattering, however: due to a lost wager, the Duke is forced to bring Gabriella into fashion, a “favor” she would certainly refuse if her family would let her. But the more time she spends in the dashing Duke’s company, the more conflicted she feels– particularly when she discovers they have more in common than she ever dared dream.

A sparkling traditional Regency romance from bestselling author Brenda Hiatt.

My Review: Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt

4 out of 5 stars.

I really enjoyed this story! The story starts with a rather unique situation that introduces the main characters. There is just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and danger to keep me guessing and “on the edge of my seat”! I’m very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series!

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