Great Lakes Fly Drive

DAY 1 Chicago

Arrive Chicago. This evening, enjoy Chicago’s many restaurants, stroll along the shore of Lake Michigan or jive to the beat at a jazz or blues club.

DAY 2 Chicago

Today explore some of Chicago’s noted sites. In the morning you may want to the neighbouring town of Oak Park and see the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, or tour one of the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In downtown Chicago visit Museum Campus or shop along the Magnificent Mile. In the evening stop by Navy Pier and for a cruise along the lake.

DAY 3 Chicago-Milwaukee-Green Bay             (204mi/329km)

Collect your car rental in the morning before travelling north into Wisconsin and visit Milwaukee. Once known almost exclusively as a brewing powerhouse, the city now boasts the beautiful Milwaukee River walk and Milwaukee Art Museum, with its architecturally impressive addition designed by Santiago Calatrava. The modernist building is shaped like a floating cross, with wings opening and closing from a central base. Even people who’ve never been on a motorcycle will enjoy the Harley-Davidson Museum. Exhibits tell the stories of the extraordinary people, products, history and culture of Harley-Davidson and of-course the fantastic motorcycle collection will captivate all. Continue north to Green Bay for the next two nights.

DAY 4 Green Bay-Door County-Green Bay          (148mi/238km)

Twice awarded the title of All-America City, Green Bay is known as “Titletown” because of the number of professional football Super Bowl titles its team, the Green Bay Packers has won. It’s also a great starting point to visit Door County, the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”. With five state parks, ten lighthouses and over 300 miles of shoreline, this 75-mile long peninsula was named one of the top ten vacation destinations

in North America. Spend the day hunting for treasures in one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, museums & lighthouses. Pick a pail of ripe Door County cherries in the summer or a basket of crunchy apples in fall. Return to your hotel in Green Bay for the overnight.

DAY 5 Green Bay-Marquette                (177mi/285km)

Continue north to Marquette, the largest city on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the home of Northern Michigan University. It is a major port on Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Take time for relaxing on the beach or enjoying some recreational hikes. The warm weather months offer many festivals including Art On The Rocks art festival and the Hiawatha music festival.

DAY 6 Marquette-Mackinac-Traverse City         (298mi/480km)

Travel south to Mackinac Island. Board the ferry in Mackinaw City for the 20 minute hi-speed ferry to the island where Victorian sensibility predominates. Bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the modes of transportation on this island in the straits of Mackinac where the upper peninsula of Michigan meets the lower peninsula. Take a self-guided hiking tour or rent a bicycle to tour sites such as arch rock, skull

cave, sugarloaf, British landing, devil’s kitchen and the beach of a bazillion beautiful skipping stones, or just take a carriage tour and eat the fudge the island is famous for. Return to the mainland and travel to Traverse City of r the next two nights.

DAY 7 Traverse City

Set out for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this morning – a must see. It offers magnificent views over sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan from atop high dunes, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, hiking trails and a series of preserved historic farmsteads. In the afternoon visit some of the local wineries. Located on the 45th parallel, Traverse City is home to vintners who grow grapes and bottle wines on the scenic Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas.

DAY 8 Traverse City-Detroit                (256mi/412km)

Known as Motor City because of its’ notoriety as the world’s traditional automotive centre, and as Motown for its importance as a source of popular music legacies, the city offers a host of activities to the traveller that lends itself to both cultures. Spend the next two nights in Detroit.

DAY 9 Detroit

Spend the day visiting Detroit’s highlights such as the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, and the Motown Museum, better known as “Hitsville USA”. Here one can stand in Studio “A” where the likes of Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and the Jackson Five, among others, recorded their hits.

DAY 10 Detroit-Toronto                (245mi/394km)

Cross the border into Canada today. Toronto is the world’s most ethnically diverse city. Upon arrival this afternoon explore some of the vibrant retail areas for shopping or ethnic cuisine. Five Chinatowns, Little Italy along St. Clair West, the Greek community along “The Danforth,” Little Portugal at Dundas and Bathurst Streets, and Gerrard India Bazaar at Gerrard and Greenwood. Stay in downtown Toronto for two nights.

DAY 11 Toronto

Toronto’s waterfront provides a scenic backdrop for many popular attractions including Harbourfront, the site of art galleries, theatres, craft boutiques restaurants, and marinas. Visit the CN Tower, recently  nominated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. the CN Tower features glass floor  observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and a Simulator Theatre.

DAY 12 Toronto -Niagara Falls, Ontario         (79mi/127km)

Spend the morning at leisure in Toronto before departing for Niagara Falls, staying on the Canadian side of the Falls. Niagara Falls is composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island: Horseshoe Falls, the majority of which lies on the Canadian side of the border, and American Falls on the American side. The best way to explore the Falls is by Hornblower boat tour. The boat starts off at a calm part of the Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge, and takes its passengers past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, then into the dense mist of spray inside the curve of the Horseshoe Falls. Stay the night in Niagara Falls.

DAY 13 Niagara Falls

Enjoy some of the area activities, such as Cave of the Winds, a journey behind the Falls, or

visit the 1.5 acres of lush floral gardens that depict the Great Lakes region above the Falls, including grassy areas in the shapes of the Great Lakes as well as a walkway that follows the course of the Niagara River.

DAY 14 Niagara Falls – Geneva-on-the-Lake

(177 mi/ 285 km)

Follow the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to Geneva on the Lake a beautiful area filled with numerous recreational activities. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the amenities of the hotel.

DAY 15 Geneva – on – the – Lake -Nappanee, Indiana          (309 mi/ 497 km)

Travel to Cleveland and spend the morning at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Housing rare artefacts, stage wear belonging to the biggest names in music, and numerous video and audio displays, one can trace the evolution of Rock n’ Roll. Exhibits feature rock treasures such as Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, John Lennon’s report cards, and one of Michael Jackson’s gloves.

Continue on to Nappanee. It has a long heritage of Amish and Mennonite. Time stopped here over a century ago and preserves, in the Amish, a way of life adhering to nearly forgotten patterns of living. Visit Amish Acres to see the legacy of the three generations of the family who lived at this authentic farm and homestead. In the evening, enjoy a theme dinner and regional theatre in the Round Barn Theatre.

DAY 16 Nappanee-Chicago, Illinois            (109 mi/ 175 km)

Depart for Chicago this morning. Time allowing, do some last minute shopping along Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile before returning your rental vehicle to a Chicago airport depot location before departing on your return flight.

~ Includes:

Return flights to/from Chicago

UK & USA airport taxes

14 days Compact size car rental inclusive of unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver, extended protection insurance, airport fees, state & local tax, additional driver & one tank of fuel.

Accommodation including taxes for 15 nights.

Round-Trip Ferry for passengers only to Mackinac Island

Exclusive travel documentation portfolio including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers.

~ Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily ‘resort fee’ which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self-parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.

~ Accommodation:

~ Value/Moderate ~

Chicago                                   Essex Inn

Green Bay                               Aloft Green Bay

Marquette                               Landmark Inn

Traverse City                           Grand Beach/Sugar Beach

Detroit                                     Best Western Greenfield Inn

Toronto                                   Bond Place

Niagara Falls, ON                    Radisson Falls view Hotel

Geneva                                    Lodge on Geneva on the Lake

Nappanee                                Amish Acres

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