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Lakeside Expedition: Great Lakes Charter Itineraries

The Great Lakes Charter Itineraries provide possible itinerary options to experience the most extensive freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes. The peak charter season is during the summer months.

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Lake Charlevoix. Photo by Peggy Paulson on Unsplash.

States Bordering the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes States are Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. Their northern borders touch four Great Lakes – Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior.

Explore the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and its towns on the Great Lakes:

  • Traverse City
  • Charlevoix
  • Bay Harbor
  • Harbor Springs
  • St. James Harbor
  • Mackinac Island
  • Cheneaux Islands

Traverse City hosts the annual National Cherry Festival from July 3rd to 10th. Play golf on Bay Harbor at their 27-hole championship golf course. Miles of walking trails, parks, and recreation areas make Traverse City ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Visit Mackinac Island, a National Historic Landmark. Transportation is by bicycle, horseback, or horse-drawn carriage because there are no cars on the island. There are two historic forts and the Grand Hotel, which has the most extended outdoor open-air porch in the world. The hotel dominates the island from its site on a high bluff overlooking the straits.

Thirty miles northeast of the Mackinac Bridge is Les Cheneaux Islands Resort Area in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. Relax on unspoiled beaches on Lake Charlevoix and swim in clear fresh water. There are many other activities here, such as hiking, visiting the famed Earl Young Mushroom House, shopping downtown, browsing art galleries, dining and water skiing, or tubing at Boyne City.

All Great Lakes Charter itineraries will be customized based on the guest’s preferences and the weather. So, please remember these are samples.

Like the New England area, the peak sailing season is summer. It is best to pack various clothing for warm days and cooler nights.