Going Full Circle Around Lake Superior
The Lake Superior Circle Tour offers you 1,300 miles of some of the most beautiful scenery to be found in the
US and Canada, providing you with awe-inspiring views and a new adventure
around every corner. However, completing the tour isn’t just about the scenery and the views. It’s also about the sense of achievement that comes from knowing you have traveled around the largest fresh water lake in the world, and the many life benefits to be gained from making the trip.
Time to de-stress
Most of us live the majority of our lives inside, whether at work, at home or socializing, and have limited contact with nature. An outdoor-based holiday like the Lake Superior Circle Tour offers the chance to redress this balance and to reap the benefits that spending time in the fresh air can bring.
Studies have shown that being in the fresh air is an important way of reducing stress levels. Being outside and breathing in fresh air can trigger the release of the body’s ‘feel good chemicals’, such as serotonin and endorphins, which lift your spirits and make you feel happier. Exposure to sunlight, tranquility and the sounds of nature are also known to help reduce stress levels. There are many different reasons why people might feel the need for a holiday that offers them this stress relief. You may be experiencing difficulties at work, family problems or overcoming personal battles such as addiction. Whatever the reason, spending time traveling around the lake will allow you to recharge your batteries and improve your mental health and wellbeing. The area is well served by road networks and airports, so whether you live in Nebraska or Florida, you are never too far away to visit.
Broaden your mind
Tackling the Lake Superior Circle Tour can give you a sense of purpose and adventure. Every day of your journey will be different from last, giving you a greater variety of new experiences than a holiday based in one single location. It’s up to you how long you want to take to complete the trip. Some visitors will tackle the full route in one visit, whereas others will take their time and visit on a number of different occasions to complete the whole route. This has the advantage of allowing you to see the area at different times of year and enjoy how the lake’s appearance varies with the changing of the seasons. Each one is magical in its own way and you can be sure of some amazing experiences and fantastic sights.
An active family holiday
A relaxing holiday doesn’t necessarily have to mean an inactive one. As well as allowing you to de-stress and improve your mental wellbeing, traveling around the lake can also provide many opportunities to improve your physical fitness. Although it is possible to complete the journey by road, you can choose to vary this by traveling sections of the route by bike, on foot or by kayaking across the water. All of these will provide a good workout and be beneficial for your health.
If you are traveling with your family then they too will benefit from the opportunities to be active. The importance of physical activity for children is well documented, with an inactive lifestyle known to be one of the main causes of the current obesity epidemic across the developed world. Inactive children can store up problems for later in life including high blood pressure and heart problems.
However, as every parent knows, getting children to spend time being active outside rather than being hooked up to their computer or games console can be very difficult. Fortunately, the Lake Superior area offers a big enough choice of activities to keep even the most difficult-to-please child happy, such as sailing, kayaking, cycling, climbing and swimming.
Active children usually equate to happy children, and if the children are happy it generally makes for a much more enjoyable holiday experience for parents. Spending time together as a family in such a positive environment will also hopefully strengthen your relationships in a way that will continue even when your lakeside adventure has come to an end.
Step back and unwind
There are few places that provide a better opportunity to step back from the frantic pace of life for a while and slow things down while enjoying the splendor of the natural wilderness. If you are looking for peace and a sense of isolation, then the lake’s 2726 miles of shoreline should allow you to find a quiet spot to hide away for a while. However, if you don’t like the idea of being too remote, then don’t worry. The Lake Superior Circle is well served with towns and cities of varying sizes should you need them. Complete the tour in one go or over a number of trips - the choice is yours. Either way you will leave feeling refreshed and invigorated with the sense of having achieved something worthwhile.
Submitted by Julie Harding