The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth. Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior comprise the five lakes that are found in the northeastern part of the U.S. and on the U.S.-Canada border. The total surface area of the Great Lakes is 94,250 square miles (16,900 kilometers) and the Lakes contain about 21% of the world's freshwater. In addition to the stunning scenery and their role as an important waterway between states and territories, the Lakes are a popular tourist destination for their many outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing, camping and biking. About 70 million people visit the Great Lakes every year.
- Lake Erie: This lake is the smallest (by volume) and shallowest of the Great Lakes
- Lake Huron: It is the third largest Great Lake, named for the Huron indigenous peoples that lived in the area
- Lake Michigan: The only Great Lake entirely within the United States and the second largest. Borders major cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee
- Lake Ontario: The second smallest; beautiful views can be found from Toronto on the Canadian side
- Lake Superior: This lake is the largest by volume and also the deepest and coldest
Things to Do and See by the Great Lakes
- Bike around Lake Superior; Consider the Gitchi-Gami State Trail
- Go camping
- Visit Mackinac Island. This car-free island in Lake Huron is a popular vacation destination for many midwesterners and other Americans.
- Take a hike! There are many trails in the region worth exploring
- Go boating: Sailing and chartering fishing boats have become popular tourist activities
- Birding: Many species of birds and other wildlife can be found in the Great Lakes region
- Freshwater fishing
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.