Chicago - Madison - Wisconsin Dells - Wausau (302 miles)
Today, we will travel to Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, one of the most livable cities in the country and home to the University of Wisconsin. Here, we will see visionary architecture at the House on the Rock, where we will hear the incredible story of this fascinating locale. Wisconsin Dells has the country's largest water park, and people from all over the world come here to enjoy the summer. Later, in Wausau, we will visit a local ginseng farm.
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the US. It is the home of the main campus of the University of Wisconsin.
House on the Rock
The House on the Rock is a tourist attraction located between the cities of Dodgeville and Spring Green, Wisconsin. Opened in 1959, it is a complex of architecturally distinct rooms, streets, gardens, and shops designed by Alex Jordan, Jr.
Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (4-17 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28
Wausau, located in central Wisconsin, is a center for the cultivation of American ginseng production and home to 37 city parks, including Whitewater Park: a class I-II+ rapid along the Wisconsin River. Interestingly, Hmong Americans are the largest ethnic minority in Wausau.
Wausau is birth place of ginseng, only 10% ginseng from wausau in herbs market that we can say it's really rare.
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
Lake Superior - Sault Ste Marie (378 miles)
Today, we will drive to Lake Superior, where we will take a boat to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall in the eastern half of the US, behind only Niagara Falls. The Soo Locks are one of the great engineering wonders of the world and an important waterway traffic system. In the evening, we will arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, situated on the border between the US and Canada.
Lake Superior, MI
The largest of the 5 Great Lakes, Lake Superior straddles the border between the U.S. and Canada. It is renowned for its beautiful stretches of shoreline.
Pictured Rocks National Shoreline
This stretch of shoreline on the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan is known for its exquisite beauty and bountiful forest, full of oceanview trails.
Admission (Optional): Adult $40; Child (6-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $40; Sightseeing Boat
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
This state park on the Upper Arm of Michigan covers a total area of 46,179 acres. It is named for the waterfalls located within the park which pass an immense volume of water.
Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $10|Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 10:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Sault Ste. Marie is a city in, and the county seat of, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.It is situated on the northeastern end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the Canada–US border, and separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River.
The Soo Locks are a set of parallel locks which enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. They are located on the St. Marys River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, between the Upper Peninsula of the US state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.
Standard Hotel: Ramada or similar
Mackinaw Island - Traverse City (141 miles)
Today, we will go to Mackinac Island, where the automobile never replaced the horse and carriage. It is the jewel of the Great Lakes and one of the most popular vacation islands in the world. After seeing the farm field and fruit yard, we will arrive in Traverse City, also known as "Cherry City," which offers a variety of wineries and outdoor activities.
Mackinaw City, MI
A popular tourist city in the state of Michigan.
This suspension bridge, the fifth longest in the world, spans more than 26,000 feet above the Straits of Mackinac to connect the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.
Mackinack Island, just off Michigan's shoreline, is only accessible by ferry or plane. A unique local law prohibits the use of motor vehicles, so be ready to either walk, bike, or horseback ride. Regular musical acts spice up the nightlife.
Admission (Optional): Adult $53; Child (5-12 yrs) $24; Senior $53
Traverse City, MI
This city in Michigan is the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S., hosting the National Cherry Festival during the first week of harvest in July. It is also one of the Midwest's largest wine producers.
Get the chance to taste some of the finest wines of the region surrounding Traverse City, Michigan and learn about the region's history of wine-making.
Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child $12; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15
Standard Hotel: America Inn or similar
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park - Holland Village (189 miles)
Today, we will go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park , which features miles of sandy beaches, lush forests and more to make up a beautiful locale. Later on, we will travel to the Dutch Village in Holland, MI, passing the largest windmill in the US on our way.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI
It was named the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's Good Morning America. Miles of sand beach, lush forests, clear inland lake, unique flora and fauna make up the beautiful natural world.
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan on Lake Macatawa.
The Dutch Village in historic Holland, MI is a living museum that pays tribute to the people who settled this quaint town. From wooden shoe factories to cheese-making, guests will think they've stepped into 18th-century Holland!
Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Express or similar
South Bend - Amish Farm - Cleveland (332 miles)
Today, we will visit the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. After that, we will visit a local Amish Village to feel like we've traveled back into the past as we learn about this culture that eschews modern technology. Then, we will continue our journey to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
South Bend, IN
The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana. The city has also been featured in national news coverage for Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has achieved recognition for his various economic development projects within the city.
Holland, MI is in the heart of American Amish country, and at this farm, visitors can gain some insight into what a rural life without modern technology is like, as if you stepped into a time machine.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame is a private research university inspired by its Catholic character to be a powerful force for good in the world.
Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, Fashion Week Cleveland, the city's annual fashion event, is one of the few internationally recognized fashion industry happenings in North America.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cleveland, OH on the shores of Lake Erie. Each year, musical acts who have influenced the history of popular music are inducted into its eternal halls.
Standard Hotel: Best Western Inn or similar
Cleveland - Niagara Falls (212 miles)
In the morning, we will make the trek to Niagara Falls, NY. Here, we will do some sightseeing and ride the Maid of the Mist.
Niagara Falls, NY
Among the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, Niagara Falls are comprised of three waterfalls that thunder and astound, producing a higher flow rate than any other waterfall in the world and standing at a height of 167 feet.
Maid of the Mist
Soak in the excitement of Niagara falls (literally). This world-famous boat tour takes you directly into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls for views you won't get anywhere else. Break out your cameras (and your rain gear)- this attraction is not to be missed.
Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child (6-12 yrs) $11; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19|Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
Detroit - Ann Arbor - Chicago (277 miles)
Today, we will travel to Detroit, which is best known for automobile culture and manufacturing, which we will learn about in detail at the Henry Ford Museums. After decades of economic decline and population loss, Detroit is now seeing many of its historic buildings renovated and its downtown core bustling with new developments and attractions. Later, we will pass through Ann Arbor and visit the University of Michigan. Afterwards, we will return to Chicago.
Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the fourth-largest city in the Midwest and the largest city on the United States-Canada border. It is the seat of Wayne County, the most populous county in the state.
Henry Ford Museum
This National Historic Landmark in the suburbs just outside Detroit is dedicated to the collection and preservation of Americana. The Henry Ford museum contains things such Lincoln's Ford's Theater seat and Rosa Parks' famous bus.
Admission (Optional): Adult $21; Child (5-12 yrs) $16; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $19
Ann Arbor, MI
A city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County, home to the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan
A top-ranked public university, the University of Michigan has a tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts. Visit campus to walk the grounds of Henry Ford's original estate. Check out our facilities and meet some of the students, faculty and staff who make the University of Michigan
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar