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Lake Michigan, Illinois

4.8
#1 of 76 in Nature in Illinois
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
More like an inland sea than a lake, Lake Michigan boasts a shoreline 2,600 km (1,600 mi) long, making it the fifth largest lake in the world. Nearly 12 million people live along the lake's shores, most of them in the metropolitan areas of Chicago and Milwaukee. You can explore a seemingly endless network of beaches, orchards, historical sites, award-wining wineries, parks, camping areas, and recreational resorts located along the shoreline, or choose to see the giant lake from the comfort of a traditional schooner or modern tour boat. For an urban experience on the lake, explore Chicago's 15 beachfront areas and marinas. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Racine holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lake Michigan and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My husband and I took a long walk along the shore of Lake Michigan on a very hot day. It was along North Lake Shore Drive, so there was some traffic noise. There was a wonderful breeze off of the...  more »
  • When I think of a lake I can see the other side. No way that is true. It is huge like an ocean. The water is beautiful!  more »

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