June 18-28, 2019
Day 1: On this warm June morning we can almost feel the cooling effects of the Great Lakes as we start our tour heading north and east. We visit three of the five Great Lakes as we circle Lake Michigan through the states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Enjoy getting acquainted with each other as we travel toward adventure and fun. By night we are in Coralville, Iowa.
Day 2: By early-afternoon, we arrive at Wisconsin’s most unique and well-known attraction. Mere words cannot describe this incredible place. The House on the Rock is fascinating with its unusual location, wonderful architecture, antiques, carousel and much more. The next two nights are in the town of Wisconsin Dells. Our extra-ordinary evening entertainment is the world famous Tommy Bartlett’s Ski, Sky and Stage Show with performances by water skiers, juggling jokesters, dancers, entrancing waters and more! (B, D)
Day 3: This morning we head out of town. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, we find a cheese plant famous for making cheese the old-fashioned way! Back to Wisconsin Dells, there is time to visit shops and enjoy lunch. By mid-afternoon, relax as we cruise up the most scenic 7 mile stretch of the Wisconsin River viewing the Wisconsin Dells. Soak up the sun and the refreshing breeze, as the splendor of nature unfolds before you. There are spectacularly sculptured cliffs that rise more than 100 feet above the water. After our evening dinner in the Cook Shanty, witness a real Lumberjack Competition first hand. Be entertained with logrolling, speed climbing, chopping and sawing of logs, a depiction of old time lumberjack workday skills. (B, D)
Day 4: This morning a step on guide joins us for a tour of a Cranberry farm. Learn how Wisconsin cranberries go from field to packaging. Lunch is at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. This afternoon we drive up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (B, L)
Day 5: All aboard the underground mine train for a closer look at Iron Mountain Iron Mine. We learn iron mining techniques and tools used during the mining years. After a traditional Pasty lunch, we head to the shores of Lake Superior. This evening we cruise the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Experience the rays of the setting sun on the Pictured Rocks cliffs and a beautiful Lake Superior twilight, as we travel into and alongside a most visually stunning shoreline. (B, L, D)
Day 6: This morning we take a guided tour of Tahquamenon Falls. The Tahquamenon Upper Fall is over 200 feet wide and drops nearly 50 feet into the Tahquamenon River. After lunch we visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. The Shipwreck Museum Campus features nine historic structures and the Whitefish Point Lighthouse. Overnight is in Sault Ste. Marie next to the Soo Lock Visitor Center and Observation Decks. (B, L)
Day 7: We begin our day with a Soo Locks Boat tour. Explore the waterway which leads ships to the Soo Locks from Lake Superior. A local guide joins us for a city tour showing us the highlights of this city. Following lunch, we head south and cross one of the world’s leading suspension bridges over the Straits of Mackinac, the Mackinac Bridge. We have time for a picture stop then it’s on to Mackinaw City for our Old Time Trolley Tour of the city. There is time tonight to explore the many shops and restaurants in the area. (B, L)
Day 8: After the beautiful sunrise across the shimmering waters of Lake Huron, we find ourselves on the water as we ferry to Mackinac Island. Since motor vehicles are not permitted to intrude on the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, there is no better way to visit this historic isle and see the legendary points of interest than by carriage. A horse drawn carriage meets us at the dock for our expertly narrated tour that acquaints us with the island. Our ride takes us past the fort and then to the Grand Hotel for an elegant buffet lunch. What a bountiful grand meal! We check into the Island House Hotel for our overnight stay on Mackinac Island. You are on your own the rest of the day to stroll Main Street, shop, or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Be sure to sample the world famous Mackinac Island Fudge! (B, L)
Day 9: This morning we catch the ferry back to the mainland. After traveling south we arrive at the Cherry Republic. Three-quarters of the world’s red tart cherries are grown in Michigan. Following lunch, we visit the cherry factory. Continuing south we make our way to Holland, MI for our overnight stay. (B, L)
Day 10: Along Lake Michigan, the sand dunes rise to amazing heights. So hang on tight as we view these sights on our thrilling dune buggy ride. The rest of the day is mostly driving as we head south and west, arriving west of St Louis, MO for the night. (B)
Day 11: What a packed and enjoyable eleven days! As we continue west toward home we can enjoy sharing the memories of those special events and sights that we have enjoyed together.