Day 1 Chicago
Today, guests will gather in Chicago to begin this tour. Those who fly in O'Hare International Airport can meet the tour guide at the baggage claim area and transfer to the hotel for free between 9:00am and 9:00pm. Those who arrive before 3:00pm will also receive free transportation to the Chicago Premium Outlets to do a little shopping. Any guests who arrive before 5:00pm are also invited to take a Night Tour of this marvelous city for $25 per person (a minimum of 4 guests is required for this tour to be arranged).
Day 2 Chicago
On this tour, guests will get to see the best of Chicago in one day. Today, we will take a walk in Millennium Park, where we will see a combination of stunning architecture, sculpture, and landscape design in the heart of downtown. There, we will see the famous Cloud Gate before taking a break at the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. After that, we will stroll around the Navy Pier. Then, we will get an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theater, an exquisite French Baroque style building. Walking along Michigan Avenue, we will be strolling down the brilliant Magnificent Mile, where we will see the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, and the historical Chicago Water Tower. For the best view of the city, we will go to the top of 360 CHICAGO. Afterward, we will take a Architectural cruise to further admire the city's architecture (the cruise will be closed in winter).
Day 3 Chicago - Milwaukee - Green Bay - Escanaba (291 miles)
We will start our first day and visit Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. After the museum, we will head to the famous Milwaukee Public Market and see a variety of Wisconsin specialty foods, including cheese and sausage. Next, we will continue driving north along the Lake Michigan and go through the Crescent Beach Board Walk. We will enjoy our dinner in Green Bay. After dinner, we will head to the hotel.
Day 4 Escanaba - Lake Superior - Sault Ste. Marie - St. Ignace (332 miles)
Today, we will enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Superior as we drive along the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, a stunning area on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Then we'll go to Miner's Beach to nearly see the lake, to see the Lake Superior from a different angle and visit Amber Twin Falls. Late afternoon, we will go to Sault Ste. Marie, MI visit the Soo Locks. Since there were rapids of water falling 21 feet from Lake Superior to Lake Huron and forbidding the waterway commuting, we will take Soo Lock Elevating Cruise to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. We will head to St. Ignace after dinner.
Day 5 St. Ignace - Mackinaw - Traverse - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (119 miles)
Today, we will head to Mackinaw City, where we will take a scenic speedboat ride to Mackinac Island. Once there, we can take a carriage tour of the island (at our own expense) or visit the local museums and Grand Hotel. Later, we will head to Traverse (30min) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (1h).
Day 6 Holland - Kalamazoo - Chicago (151 miles)
In the morning we will travel to Holland, Michigan. With the guidance of a local guide, we can experience the immigrants and the traditions they brought here. Later in the afternoon, we will be visiting Gilmore Car Museum. We will return to Chicago in the late afternoon.