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 - Chicago (340 miles)
Today, we will go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, which features miles of sandy beaches, lush forests and more that all make up this beautiful locale. Later, we will travel to the Dutch Village in Holland, MI, passing by the largest windmill in the U.S. on our way. Afterwards, guests will transfer to the airport in Chicago to board their departure flights and end this tour.
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!