Terrific Travel Tips


Katie Mahle, Lead Writer

As a kid, you anticipate becoming an adult your whole life. What is the first thing you do when you finally become that adult with all that freedom? Travel, that is what you should do.

After graduating high school, you probably do not have loads of money and having a job may not be a top priority because this is the summer for change. Here is some things to fill your free time that costs a little and benefits both your mind and body.

Getting outside can improve not only your physical health but also has a big impact on your mental health as well. According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, “People with low vitamin D are more likely to be diagnosed with depression.” Now that you are moving on after high school, it is important to get outside, get some sunshine and experience parts of this area you have not yet.

It is definitely important to take time for yourself and let go of the anxieties of everyday life, including your soon to be adulthood, so as you move onto the next chapter think about taking a little break at these few places that surround the Great Lakes and offer a ton of fun for not a lot of money.

Chapel Rock near Munising Michigan

Munising, Michigan: If the bright blue water and rock arches did not pull you in already, the activities you are able to do here is something you cannot get sleeping in bed. You and your pet can enjoy a sandy beach, and if you do not have a pet, kayaking under the famous arches is pretty cool too! For food they have cute little cafes that you can sit in and have a quick coffee before going on a hike in the beautiful mountains to watch the sun rise. Munising, Michigan, is about 424 miles away, which is around seven hours if you go by car.  Hop in the car with some friends and you will save money on gas.  Camp out and you will save money on lodging.  Bring friends and the budget is worth it.

Victorian cottages along West Bluff Road. Cairngorm Cottage, on the left, is a seven-bedroom cottage built in 1888.

Mackinac Island, Michigan: If you want a weekend getaway from cars and all motorized vehicles, then Mackinac Island is for you. Years of history is displayed around the town with different historic buildings and war forts you can go see as you bike around the town. You will have to pay for a ferry boat or speedboat ticket, but once you get there you can travel around the island by bikes, carriages or horseback. Restaurants are sporadically placed everywhere, and the Grand Hotel has an awesome scenic background for the perfect photo op. The ice cream and fudge shops are incredible. It is 399 miles away and takes around 6 hours and 30 minutes to get there.

Niagra Falls from the American side.

Niagara Falls, New York: If you want a mellow trip, Niagara Falls could be for you. It is 508 miles away and around seven hours and 30 minutes away. When you are in the Niagara Falls area, the scenery is awesome.  There is a little island in the middle of the falls that you can walk around and overlook the massive waterfalls. It is absolutely breathtaking. If you have some extra money, you can go on a misty boat ride into the falls and become drenched with experience, and water, of course. Niagara is open to all. If your hotel is walking distance, you could walk down the pathway while listening to the water rushing which is so satisfying and relaxing. The Canadian side of the falls is also amazing, but you will need a passport to experience the sky top restaurants and light shows every night. 

Bayfield, Wisconsin: The farthest away would be Bayfield, Wisconsin. It is 510 miles away, which is around 8 hours, but it is worth the drive. With a multitude of different outdoor activities including hiking all the way to Red Cliff Reservation to jump from the rocks that hang just over the water. If you are too nervous to do that, then you can go sea paddling over by the beach. Even though it is similar to the other locations, Bayfield brings a wide variety of things to do right in the vicinity of where you would be staying.

Chicago skyline

Chicago Illinois: You may have already been here, but being the third largest city in the U.S., we are pretty lucky to have it so close by. Being only 49.2 miles away, it takes around an hour to get there. Once you do, there are many parks, restaurants and “hole in the walls” for you to explore. From Navy Pier to a Cubs or White Sox Game or from the Slime Museum to the River Walk, there is always something to do. Feeling a bit sweaty this summer, hit North Avenue Beach! You can spot the boats that go across the water as you tan in the sun or pick out a good book. The museums and boardwalk are visible and in walking distance from the sand, a nice way to cool off while learning some cool new facts.


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