#7. Chicago, Illinois
Illinois is a diverse and exciting Midwestern state home to numerous sunny beaches and lakes, which includes Lake Michigan. Look forward to visiting state parks and spending the day hiking and biking. If you’re into fine arts, head to Chicago and other large metropolitan cities to admire renowned artwork. Summer marks Chicago’s peak tourist and festival season, with travelers from around the country hoping to take advantage of the warm weather and abundant activities. You’ll find higher lodging rates during these seasons, but you’ll also escape Chicago’s notoriously bitter winters.