25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots
Cool in the city: Milwaukee
You won't feel as if you've escaped from civilization at Milwaukee's 15-acre Bradford Beach, but that's the point: You get all the fun and relaxation of a Lake Michigan beach, plus the vibrant energy of a cosmopolitan city.
When you're ready to pack up the towel and sunscreen, a pulsing city awaits, with museums, shopping, great restaurants, pro sports teams and plush hotels. The Historic Third Ward district offers galleries and boutiques, while the Harley-Davidson Museum honors the city's motorcycle heritage. And throughout the summer, this city of 605,000 hosts one outdoor party after another along the lakefront, luring visitors for food, music and drinks. Ethnic festivals offer a globe-trotting tour of Milwaukee's immigrant communities, while Summerfest is the world's largest music festival.