the best! 21 VISIT CHICAGO That’s it. Just go to Chicago and feel how water courses through the veins. Zip down Lake Shore Drive, flanked by high-rises and Lake Michigan. (Or rent a bike to ride on the parallel trail.) Watch bridges lift for sailboats along the revived Chicago River. (Or see it happen from the inside out at the Bridgehouse Museum.) Join the party on Oak Street Beach. (Or escape it on 12th Street Beach.) Wade in Crown Fountain, where glowing portraits “spit” on gleeful kids. (Or stay dry watching Buckingham Fountain’s regular light and water shows.) Take to the sky on Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel for a 360-degree view of how water shapes this town. (Or get a four-state vista from the Willis Tower.) We could go on—but you’re probably already there. Windy City’s HUNT FOR A SHIPWRECK 22 Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects a swath of Lake Huron known as Shipwreck Alley. Peer into the depths of maritime history on a glass-bottom boat tour. ALPENA, MI SAIL ON A PRAIRIE WIND 23 Unfettered by hills or trees, breezes roll into mighty winds outside Wichita, making Cheney Reservoir one of the most unlikely big-time sailing destinations in the United States. CHENEY, KS CRUISE LIKE A VICTORIAN 24 Sure, it’s a little old-school, but the Riverboat Twilight is one of the Mississippi’s most memorable rides, with stops in historic towns, narrated sightseeing and pitch-perfect live banjo music on deck. LECLAIRE, IA PICNIC ON A PONTOON 25 All hail the minivan of the notso-high seas. Comfy. Roomy. Trusty. (Aerodynamics are so overrated.) Head out early, stop for a swim, snack on potato chips—and when the sun sets, put on home. MWL ANYWHERE! 73 MWL J/A 2020
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