By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
August 10, 2021
The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. Covering more than 94,000 square miles, the five lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior—are often referred to as inland seas.
The lakes are located along the Canadian-United States border, with shorelines touching the Canadian province of Ontario and eight states. Collectively, Ontario and the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin make up the Great Lakes Region.
The best way to explore this diverse region is by car, and AAA editors have created itineraries that show off numerous areas of spectacular natural beauty, rural charm and lively downtown areas, along with recommendations for fun places to go along the way. Below are a few examples of the most scenic road trips from the dozens of routes AAA travel editors have created in the Great Lakes Region.