Lake Erie sprawls across four states and each state’s coastline is unique in its topography and atmosphere. Michigan’s shoreline contains both laid-back coastal towns and Detroit’s vibrant port. Ohio offers easy access to the Lake Erie Islands as well as marinas, restaurants, and parks for swimming and picnicking. Pennsylvania contains Preque Isle State Park, which preserves 11 sandy beaches and designated areas for fishing and boating. Chautauqua, New York, is a mecca of festivals in celebration of every season, where lake cruises are always available and sandy beaches are best visited in warm months. Any part of Lake Erie is worth an overnight stay. Rent a lakefront cabin with a hot tub or a cozy lakefront cottage with a barbecue on your next visit to Lake Erie.