100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways
A storybook family getaway is just a ferry ride away from northwest Ohio's Lake Erie shoreline. Only boats connect South Bass Island and its town of Put-in-Bay (population: 128) to the mainland, so most visitors leave cars behind. That usually reduces the traffic noise among shops and restaurants to no more than the hum of golf carts and the jingling bells on rental bicycles.
Family attractions fill the island, including museums, cave tours, fishing charters and a 1917 carousel. For the best area view, climb the 352-foot Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, a white column commemorating a U.S. victory in the War of 1812.