Great Lakes Rendezvous

A Road Trip Through the National Parks of the Midwest

Our roadtrip covered 17 National Parks, Monuments, and Lakeshores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. We also spent nearly two weeks in and around Chicago, visiting Pullman, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Oak Park, and sampling the food of our nation’s Second City. The highlight of the four month trip, though, might just be the visit to Isle Royale on the northern edges of Lake Superior.

National Park Units

  • Homestead of America NM
  • Effigy Mounds NM
  • Indiana Dunes NL
  • Pullman NM
  • George Rogers Clark NHP
  • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM
  • Dayton Aviation NHP
  • Hopewell Culture NHP
  • Cuyahoga Valley NP
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
  • Pictured Rocks NL
  • Keweenaw NHP
  • Isle Royale NP
  • Apostle Islands NL
  • Grand Portage NM
  • Voyageurs NP
  • Pipestone NM


NHP – National Historical Park
NL – National Lakeshore
NM – National Monument
NP – National Park

Trip Journal

Images from our Great Lakes Rendezvous