— Michigan Surroundings
Around Michigan: Michigan has more than just culture, attractions , and history- the state is also conveniently located between many well known metropolitan cities like Chicago and Toronto and other major attractions like Niagara Falls. When you have a weekend to spare, it would be very easy to hoop on a car and drive a few hours to visit those places… It is so convivence that many Michigander regards those places as our backyard.
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
The Magnificent Mile is one of the most iconic shopping areas in the world. This cosmopolitan, history-packed strip on downtown Michigan Avenue between the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Oak Street leads you from department stores to multi-story retail centers to luxury boutiques to brand name retail chains — all within a scenic stroll of each other.
With 460 retailers dotting The Magnificent Mile, well-known and loved anchor department stores include Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s.
Address: 900 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Millennium Park is more than an attraction — it’s an expression of the Chicago experience. The lakefront campus, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, is home to the iconic Cloud Gate statue (aka “The Bean”), interactive fountains, tranquil gardens, free events, public art, skating rinks, rock climbing, and plenty of green space. Come explore everything Millennium Park has to offer.
Location: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602
Museum Campus is a 57-acre park in Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan in Grant Park and encompasses five of the city’s most notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, America’s first planetarium; the Shedd Aquarium; the Field Museum of Natural History; Soldier Field, home of the NFL Chicago Bears football team; and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place. Museum Campus sits adjacent to Northerly Island along the waterfront
Address: 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Chicago’s Chinatown is one of the most enigmatic, vibrant, and rich areas in the city. It’s the reason why so many of us love to visit its bustling streets. You may have your go-to dim sum place in Chinatown, but many of its regional restaurants, small eateries, and mom-and-pop shops, also provide great value and a cultural customer experience.
Address: 318 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616-1916
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and a world leader in such areas as business, finance, technology, entertainment and culture. Its large population of immigrants from all over the globe has also made Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
At a height of 553.33 m, the CN Tower is Canada’s National Tower, an engineering Wonder, award-winning dining & entertainment destination, and Toronto’s “must-see” for over 4 decades. Rocket to the top in a thrilling 58 second ride aboard glass fronted elevators. Spectacular views overlooking up to 160km (100 miles) from 3 observation levels including, the LookOut Level with floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls, the world famous Glass Floor including Outdoor SkyTerrace and SkyPod, the highest of them all.
Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
Downtown Toronto is a buzzing area filled with skyscrapers, restaurants, nightlife, and an eclectic mix of neighborhoods. It’s also home to iconic attractions like the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, and the Royal Ontario Museum, with exhibits on natural history. Bloor Street is an upscale shopping area, and the Eaton Centre is a huge, multistory mall. On the lake, the Harbourfront area has parks and cultural venues.
In Toronto, the term “Chinatown” typically refers to the neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, which extends along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue. With changes in the city and subsequent waves of immigration from the mid-20th century onwards, East Chinatown developed at the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street, as well as suburban Chinatowns in Scarborough and North York. In the Greater Toronto Area, Markham, Mississauga, and Richmond Hill, have all developed sizable Chinatowns. In fact, the large Chinese communities of northern Scarborough, Markham, and Richmond Hill actually form a continuous L-shaped belt.
The Toronto Islands – also called the Island, or Toronto Island Park – is located in Lake Ontario, a 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. Boats to the Island leave from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay St. and Queen’s Quay. The Island is actually a group of 15 islands inter-connected by pathways and bridges. You can walk from one end of the Island to the other.
The island is approximately 5kms long from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point.
Location: 9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H3, Canada
Pictured Rocks National Seashore, on the south shore of Lake Superior, gets its name from the colors of copper, iron, and manganese oxide found in the rocks. The landscape here is a mix of dunes, cliffs, beaches, and rocky shoreline. The interior is forest covered, with inland lakes and rivers.
Address: 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870
Cedar Point is a 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio. Opened in 1870, Cedar Point is considered the flagship of the amusement park chain. Known as “America’s Roller Coast”, the park features a world-record 71 rides, including 17 roller coasters Its newest roller coaster, Steel Vengeance, opened to the public on May 5, 2018.
Address: 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870
Put-in-Bay is an Ohio village on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a huge column commemorating the 1812 Battle of Lake Erie. Exhibits at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum explore area winemaking and ships. The lakeside South Bass Island State Park has a boat ramp and a stone beach. Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center includes a limestone cave and a butterfly house
The National Museum of the US Air Force is one of the top free things to do in Ohio. The museum is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. With more than 360 aerospace items on display, you will walk through a time capsule of aviation history with indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio
Niagara Falls is a city on the Niagara River, in New York State. It’s known for the vast Niagara Falls, which straddle the Canadian border. In Niagara Falls State Park, the Observation Tower, at Prospect Point, juts out over Niagara Gorge for a view of all 3 waterfalls.