North America’s Great Lakes region holds a fifth of the world’s freshwater and spreads over eight states - this itinerary will take you to four of them. There are five lakes and they are very much like inland seas fringed with golden beaches and surrounded by historic lighthouses, car-free islands and scenic highways.
Life on the lakes is laid-back and casual. If off the beaten path drives; mooching farmer's markets and antique shops; beach walks and wineries sounds like you - here's your next holiday!
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We can highly recommend spending a day at the Field Museum, located at Chicago's Museum Campus or combining the Field and the Adler Planetarium into one day. The Field was incorporated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with the purpose of accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history. In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honour the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.
Distance: 196 miles
Distance: 216 miles
Today is all about retail therapy at it's finest!
Mall of America® is THE number one shopping and entertainment centre in North America. Every single member of the family will be happy spending the day here. With 500 stores to choose from, if you can't find it here - it doesn't exist! Beyond shopping there are options galore including an escape room venue, FlyOver America simulation ride, Sea Life Aquarium and much, much more. Dining choices are truly endless with anything from food court staples to sit down eateries and cocktails.
Distance: 153 miles
Distance: 85 miles
Distance: 205 miles
Distance: 166 miles
Distance: 294 miles
It's a beautiful drive today over the 'Mighty Mac' bridge through the heart of Michigan. With a wealth of state parks and lakes, take your time and stop to enjoy the scenery along the way. Once in Grand Rapids, you'll be delighted with the options that await. World-class attractions, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. It's also a haven for artists and art lovers and home to one of the world's most visited art museums, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
Grand Rapids is also known as America’s Best Beer City with a host of craft breweries and the eating isn't bad either. Two unique factors contribute to Grand Rapids foodie status - the city is located in the middle of one of the world's best growing regions. And, they are home to one of America's finest culinary schools. Prepare for an astonishing variety of fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.
Distance: 30 miles
It's a short drive today to ensure enough time to stop and smell the tulips! It won't surprise you to know that Holland that was settled in 1847 by Dutch Calvinist separatists. Still very much a part of the city's cultural identity, various events celebrate the heritage.
The Tulip Time Festival, held annually in May, is an eight day festival with over six million tulips blooming throughout the city. The Holland Museum tells the story of the city and Cappon House, built in 1874, is a historic museum that once housed the first mayor of Holland. Holland's downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and you'll want to be sure to catch of glimpse and photo of Big Red - the Holland Harbor Lighthouse played an integral role in the history of Holland.
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your dream Great Lakes Adventure.