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Fog rolling in at Esch Beach on Lake Michigan. Photo by Heather Higham/Snap Happy Gal Photography.

Fog rolling in at Esch Beach on Lake Michigan. Photo by Heather Higham/Snap Happy Gal Photography.

Lake Michigan

Gorgeous aerial view of Lake Michigan: Wisconsin on the left, Michigan on the right! Lake Superior to the North. :) Lake Huron, Erie and Ontario are to the right, or East, of Lake Michigan. There's your geography lesson for the day.

Hike through the dunes and...ahhh! Lake Michigan! This view makes me so happy every single time!

A hike through the woods at Saugatuck State Park brings you to the beautiful Lake Michigan

M22 Scenic Overlook Lake Michigan Arcadia MI, USA /

Scenic Overlook Lake Michigan Arcadia MI, USA / We spent many summers in Arcadia. I have been to overlook so many times as a child!

Platte River meets Lake Michigan

Platte River emptying into Lake Michigan. A great place to tube and let the river current carry you right into the lake.

Hiawatha National Forest, Piatt Lake (the lagoon), Michigan!!! it's just one of those camp things....Hiawatha Youth Camp 2015❤️ gorgeous moments.

Hiawatha National Forest, Piatt Lake (the lagoon), Michigan! it's just one of those camp things.

Indiana Dunes State Park the beach is on Lake Michigan and covers the coast line of Northwest Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park - the beach is on Lake Michigan and covers the coast line of Northwest Indiana- nice park

When you need a day trip from Chicago or a weekend getaway from the big city, you don't have to go far. These escapes—including Amish Country, Indiana; Galena, Illinois; and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin—are within a one- to three-hour drive and offer a variety of activities that will recharge your life.

25 Weekend Getaways Near Chicago

Peterson Road Beach

If your vacation won't be the same without the family pet, Traverse City is pet friendly. Find lodging, boarding and pet friendly places to visit on your trip.