Best of the Midwest

The Great Lakes region holds endless boating possibilities, particularly when you pair a Sea Ray sport boat with a sophisticated GMC vehicle.

Boaters in the Midwest are a lucky bunch. In exchange for riding out the long, blustery winters, they’re treated to warm, vibrant summers that feel like a direct reward for their tenacity. As puffer coats are shed in favor of shorts and tees, the water begins to beckon with force. Those massive Great Lakes and a vast array of smaller inland lakes hold something for just about everyone, whether your preference is a quiet cabin somewhere remote or a rollicking marina with impressive skyline views. Throw in a power combination like a new Sea Ray 19 SPX and a GMC® Acadia Denali, and summer in the Midwest goes from great to glorious. Hit the road and set your GPS to full-throttle fun.

Michigan is well known for its brilliant boating terrain. In fact, with more than 400 marinas providing refuge along the state’s four Great Lakes, “The Mitten” holds nearly endless opportunities to enjoy beautiful shorelines via Sea Ray. You can’t go wrong by starting in Grand Haven, located partway up Michigan’s western, or “sunset,” side. Ranked the #1 happiest city in the U.S. by Gallup for the last five years, Grand Haven is beloved by power boaters and sailors alike. Head into town for museums, restaurants and attractions aplenty. Farther south, enjoy the conveniences of the West Basin Marina in St. Joseph, a growing resort community whose lakeshore is peppered with photo-worthy sand dune formations.

Steer your Acadia Denali southwest around the lower tip of Lake Michigan and follow Interstate 94 right into the heart of Chicago. The Windy City is known as an eater’s paradise, and rightly so, but there’s more to this metropolis than steakhouses and deep dish. With 10 marinas along Lake Michigan and a namesake river that slices through some of the country’s most spectacular architecture, Chicago is as popular with boaters and sightseers as it is with diners. (Which is not to say you can’t be all three.) Stow your Sea Ray at Burnham Harbor, the city’s largest, and you’re just a short walk from attractions including the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. For adrenaline junkies, there’s no cooler setting for hydrofoil surfboarding (shown) than in the shadow of Michigan Avenue’s John Hancock Center. Come August, the lake becomes the best seat in the house to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds soar overhead during the Chicago Air & Water Show.

The Dells have been a tourist attraction since as far back as the mid-1800s, drawing visitors from far and wide to see the robust Wisconsin River accelerate through a gorge lined with colorful sandstone cliffs. Boat tours of the region started as early as 1856, and manmade attractions galore began to spring up, including the world-class indoor and outdoor waterparks and carnival-like amusement centers for which it’s best known today. All tourist attractions aside, the Dells remain right in the center of the state’s finest outdoor recreation opportunities. And this is where having a towable Sea Ray comes in handy: To truly escape the crowds, head for nearby Castle Rock, a 14,000-acre lake with easy boat landing access that’s surrounded by pristine wilderness.

With locations throughout Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and beyond, Sea Ray dealership Skipper Bud’s has your boating needs covered, wherever your Midwest travels may lead.

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