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Indian Summer Festival celebrates the Great Lakes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/1)
It's all about water this year at the Indian Summer Festival, an annual celebration of the Great Lakes tribal nations Friday through Sunday at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee.

Five worth the drive: Cruising the St. Lawrence
Ottawa Citizen (6/29)
These five cruises on the St. Lawrence River are worth checking out.

EDITORIAL: All the way around the lake
The Chronicle-Journal (11/11)
They're down in the dumps economically, so itís not surprising that fewer Americans are crossing the border to visit Thunder Bay and beyond.

Eco-Tourism in Minnesota; it's great
Minneapolis Star Tribune (6/16)
A list of where to see rare or interesting birds and mammals throughout Minnesota by season.

The wonderful wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Smithsonian Magazine (5/17)
Immortalized by Longfellow, the Midwest's preferred vacation spot offers unspoiled forests, waterfalls and coastal villages.

COMMENTARY: Lake Superior: majestic and inspiring
Toronto Sun (5/17)
By following the powerful shores of Lake Superior through Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin, you'll enjoy one fabulous circle tour combining beautiful scenery with native heritage and Bavarian delights.

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Follow the signs! The Great Lakes Circle Tour is a designated, scenic road system connecting all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. The Circle Tour, established by the Great Lakes Commission in cooperation with its eight member states and the province of Ontario, promotes travel and tourism along the shores of "North America's Fresh Coast." Among thousands of places of interest, the Great Lakes Circle Tour showcases the world's largest body of fresh water, its most famous waterfall and other unique natural features ranging from magnificent dune-lands to majestic cliffs. Whether you are camping at one of the many national, state or provincial parks or enjoying the symphony in an historic, urban district, the Circle Tour can accommodate a spectrum of experiences. The Great Lakes Commission web site offers more information on the history of the Great Lakes Circle Tour.
The Circle Tour is over 6,500 miles or 10,500 kilometers long. It encompasses individual lake Circle Tours including New York State's Seaway Trail system. The road route, marked by distinctive green and white signs, is usually the closest major road or highway to the water. Official spur routes such as the Lake Michigan carferry are identified by brown and white signs.
Each page in this section provides an informational map with a key, and links to web sites that will help in planning your trip as well as a road route. Please be aware that the road routes are general, and should be used in conjunction with a detailed road map.
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