Headlined by Chicago, the Great Lakes region is highlighted by its major cities. Each have their own unique characteristics which has secured their inclusion on this list. The states in this area are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to the photo albums for each state.
Detroit may be overlooked because of its reputation of a dangerous city but it is actually a beautiful place. While there are some neighborhoods that you should NEVER go to, downtown and other parts of the city have experienced a revitalization. There is so much pride that residents have for their city and it is apparent just walking around. The public art and architecture are probably my favorite thing to see.
Minneapolis is a blend of urban and rural. The Mississippi River and the Chain of Lakes are among the great open spaces around the city. Downtown and other trendy neighborhoods also make it worth a visit. Nearby points of interest include St Paul and Bloomington, home to Mall of America.
While Cleveland is a notable city in itself, the main reason for including Northeast Ohio on this list is the number of attractions within the area. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cedar Point are all must see. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located just south of Cleveland, preserves the rural surroundings of the Cuyahoga River.