2 FERRY TO AN ISLAND Leave your cares (and maybe your car) behind with a ride to a vacation accessible only by boat. Beaver Island sits 32 miles from the mainland in Lake Michigan. The ferry ride takes more than two hours. Kelleys Island Put-in-bay and are the marquee names in a cluster of Lake Erie isles west of Cleveland. Highlights include beaches, a state park, a towering war memorial, small resorts—and a lifestyle that moves at a golf-cart pace. MARBLEHEAD, CATAWBA + SANDUSKY, OH Mackinac Everything you’ve heard about is true: The fudge. The gingerbread architecture. The carriages. And, yes, the hordes of tourists. (Escape the bustle and get big Lake Huron views on an 8-mile bike ride or hike around the island.) Island MACKINAW CITY + ST. IGNACE, MI Beaver Island’s A third of 54 square miles remain state-owned and largely undeveloped, inhabited by foxes, migrating cranes and, naturally, beavers. In town, you'll find a few hotels and shops, a working lighthouse, sand beaches and all the fresh whitefish you can eat. CHARLEVOIX, MI STROLL AN ANCIENT REEF 4 Time travel 390 million years back at Falls of the Ohio State Park, where amateur paleontologists can hunt for 600-plus different types of Devonian fossils on rock beds washed clean by the Ohio River. Some creatures are as big as a bus, others tinier than a pencil tip. 3 TAKE THE PLUNGE b r r r r! CLARKSVILLE, IN EAT FISH BY THE FIRE 5 Six ingredients make up a Door County fish boil: whitefish, water, potatoes, salt, butter and lemon. Well, seven, if you count the kerosene, splashed on the open fire for the grand finale. DOOR COUNTY, WI (RE)VISIT HIGHWAY 61 6 Made famous by native son Bob Dylan, Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive is thick with gems. Historic Split Rock Lighthouse. Rocky beaches. Family-run smokehouses. And so very many waterfalls, plunging through pristine woods, out to Lake Superior. DULUTH, MN, TO CANADA
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