The Beauties of Michigan, an Autumn Wonderland
Morning Flight to Grand Rapids – The trip begins when we reach Grand Rapids by taking a morning flight. This is where we will meet our bus and the driver. This city is located on the east of Lake Michigan, along the Grand River and is home to the 38th US President, Gerald R. Ford. The driver will tell us more interesting things about the city. Lunch In Muskegon – Muskegon lies on the shores of Lake Michigan and has a host of festivals throughout the year. It is a peaceful city that is vibrant and full of music, art and entertainment for its travelers. It is here, on the waterfront, that the lunch will take place. Ferry to Manitowoc from Ludington – From the beautiful harbor of Ludington, which is known for its swimming and boating activities, we will take a ferry to Manitowoc city which is located right on the mouth of the splendid Manitowoc river. The city is mostly known for its lovely museums like Wisconsin Maritime Museum and Rahr West Art Museum but the Lincoln Park Zoo also makes for an educational trip. Crossing Lake Michigan – One of the greatest lakes of North America, Lake Michigan is beautiful and serene, especially with the islands dotting its landscape. The lighthouses make a picture perfect scenery to behold on the trip. Night at Green Bay – This is where our first night will be. Green Bay is located on the west of Lake Michigan, along the shore. Hotel Green Bay, Wisc. L,
The second day begins with a tour of the wonderful city of Green Bay which has a lot of attractions like the Bay Park Square the City Stadium is huge and humbling, and there are many museums to visit as well. We will continue on to Iron Mountain, Michigan, which as the name suggests, has a historical significance in relation to iron ore. It was a mining city in the days of Chapin mine. The tour of this city will also include a tour of the Iron Ore mine. The beauty of fall is exquisite on the way, with the path dotted with autumn leaves. Hotel Marquette, MI B
The third day begins with a drive along the lovely shores of Lake Superior. On the The lake is considered to be the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area. The total length of the shore is around 2,726 miles. The Pictured Rocks make up the shore of the Lake Superior is Pictured Rock National Lake shore. We will take a tour of Pictured Rocks from the lake on board a touring Vessel. There are various sand dunes, waterfalls, natural archways and other rock formations on the shoreline. Points of interest include Grand Sable Dunes, Sable Falls, Chapel Falls, Chapel Rock, Mosquito River, Mosquito Falls and Sand Point which is the headquarters of the National Lake shore. After leaving the Pictured Rocks we will head to Tahquamenon Falls. These colorful falls near Lake Superior are located on the Tahquamenon River. The upper falls are around 60m across and have a drop of 14 m. The lower falls are comprised of 5 smaller falls which cascade around a rowboat accessible island. Hotel Sault Ste. Marie, B.
After Breakfast we will head for Whitefish Bay. This large bay is located on the shores of Lake Superior and has many attractions like Point Iroquois Light, Whitefish point light house, Ile Parisienne Light house and also, many shipwrecks which are a popular site for divers. A visit to the Soo Locks will enlighten us as to how the Atlantic ships find their way into the Great laks. These are parallel locks that allow ships to traverse between the Great Lakes and Lake Superior. On an average, around 10,000 ships pass through Soo Locks each year, even though they are closed from January to March. Trip to Edmund Fitzgerald Museum – There have been a lot of shipwreck tales but none as controversial as the Edmund Fitzgerald that got lost on 10th November, 1975, along with its entire crew comprising of 29 people. GLSHS has conducted 3 expeditions on the shipwreck and the controversy still remains. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum now displays the bell of Edmund Fitzgerald in memory of the lost crew. We will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy this quaint town of Sault Ste. Marie. Hotel Sault Ste. Marie, B
Today we will begin with a crossing of the Mighty Mac. This bridge will carry us to Mackinaw city which is a quaint lovely village. The history of the place is vivid and dynamic. From here we will take a ferry to Mackinac Island – The Mackinac Island is very popular during the summer months with loads of retail shops, bars and hotels popping up during the season. We will spend the afternoon settling into the Grand hotel. Undoubtedly you will want to wander its many halls, or sit in a rocking chair on the Grand front porch as you look out at the lake. We will regroup shortly before our fabulous dinner in the Grand dinning room Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, B,D.
We begin our day on the island with Breakfast. Shortly after Breakfast we will have a private buggy ride and a general history of the island will also be provided. On the island, people can travel on foot, via bikes or horse drawn carriages. Roller skates can also be rented, and the same goes for bicycles and carriages. The terrain on the island is of a wide variety and includes boreal forest, fields, marshes, bogs, limestone formations and coastline. The natural beauty is exquisite and beautiful fauna such as loons, owls, geese, yellow warblers, indigo bunting, woodpeckers, chickadees, blue jays, cardinals etc. can be seen. The flora is pretty abundant as well. The island is also popular for its sailing races which happen in the month of July. After seeing so much of nature and enjoying the Island, it is time for some shopping at Fort Mackinac. We will find affordable keepsakes that are military and Victorian themed. All the items are hand selected and there is a lot to buy for friends and family back home. In the late afternoon, we will be taking a ferry back to Mackinaw City, we will have just enough time for a quick visit to Fort Michilimackinac. This is a living history museum where different doors lead to different slices of time and it is like stepping into an entirely new world. We can also shop to our Dinner will be on your own at one of fine dinning establishments. Hotel Mackinaw City B
After Breakfast we will make our way down the road to Traverse City. Along the way today we will be stopping for an exquisite wine tasting, and a visit to Petoskey to brighten up our entire trip. The Wilderness state park which great hiking trails and beautiful vistas. Sleeping Bear Dunes – This national lake shore consists of beaches, forests, ancient glacial phenomena, dunes and many other interesting things. The flora and fauna are beautiful as well and the place happens to be a popular camping spot for tourists. The trip will also include a tour through various state parks and beautiful lighthouses. Hotel in Frankfort Mi, B L.
Today we will drive back to Grand Rapids and Gerald R.Ford Airport for your flights home
The trip is surprisingly beautiful with Michigan in all its autumn glory. Don’t forget to bring your camera because this is a trip you will want to remember forever.
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