We begin our tour this morning as we board our deluxe motorcoach and
are greeted by our tour director and driver. We will be traveling through
Kentucky, stopping for lunch in the Florence area. After lunch it is a short
drive to Cincinnati where we turn west into Indiana through Indianapolis
to Merrillville, Indiana, for the night.
It’t a short drive this morning as we contine north into Illinois bypassing
Chicago on our way to Racine, Wisconsin, located on the shores of
Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. We make a photostop at
Windpoint Lighthouse, one of the oldest and tallest active lighthouses on
the Great Lakes. We continue north along Lake Michigan’s shoreline with
scenic vistas before stopping for lunch in the Milwaukee area. Sturgeon
Bay is our destination for the next three nights. Sturgeon Bay is one of
only sixteen communities nationwide to be named a Coast Guard City
and is the frst, and only, in Wisconsin.
A peninsula which divides Green Bay from the main body of Lake
Michigan and boasts 250-miles of ruggedly beautiful shoreline, Door
County is often called the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” A local guide will
join us for a day of sightseeing in Door County. We continue north and
learn the history of the quaint little villages that make up this beautiful
area. A drive through Wisconsin’s largest state park brings us to Eagle
Bluff Lighthouse for a photo stop. This little gem, built in 1868, is period
furnished. This evening we enjoy a Fish Boil—a Door County tradition
and a gourmet’s delight.
This morning we drive to the Northport Pier where we board a ferry to
Washington Island located six miles off the coast in Lake Michigan. A narrated
sightseeing tour is included on this island, one of the oldest Icelandic
settlements in the United States. Washington Island is a sighteeing “must”
on any trip to this historic area. Boynton Chapel is a small wooden chapel
built in a late 12th-century Norwegian stave church (stavkirke) style. Handcrafted
by Winifred and Donald Boynton between 1939 and 1947 on the
grounds of their summer residence, the chapel is modeled after the Garmo
stave church at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway. We visit Jackson
Harbor Maritime Museum. The museum is located in two former fshing
sheds. We reboard the ferry and return to Northport Pier. At Sister’s Bay we
enjoy lunch at Al Johnson’s an authentic Swedish Family owned restaurant
where you can fnd goats grazing the sod roof. It’s quite a sight, and it’s
made this place one of the most famous restaurants in Door County. In the
dining room, young ladies in Scandinavian dress dish out limpa bread and
Swedish meatballs. After time for shopping in the restaurant gift shop, we
will explore small villages on our return to Sturgeon Bay for our last night.
It’s a short drive to Green Bay, Wisconsin located at the head of Green
Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. Today,
we tour the Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field. We walk down the same
tunnel the Packer players do on gameday and learn about the legendary
history of the team and stadium. The 15,000 square foot, two-level Green
Bay Packers Hall of Fame is conveniently located on the main foor of the
Lambeau Field Atrium, across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap. Learn all about
the incredible history of the Green Bay Packers before continuing along
the northern shore of Lake Michigan to Marquette for the night. The City
of Marquette is located in the central region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
and is the Upper Peninsula’s largest community. Marquette is a major
port on Lake Superior, primarily for shipping iron ore, and is the home of
Northern Michigan University.
We tour the city with a local guide, and learn its iron mining, forestry and
shipping heritage. We take a scenic drive to see Presque Isle’s pebbled
beaches, rocky cliffs and wildlife. In Marquette, stop at St. Peter’s Cathedral,
which dates to 1853. See the massive iron ore docks that grace the
city’s two deep water harbors and visit Presque Isle Park, considered to
be the fnest “natural” city park in the world. After lunch it’s a short drive
to Munising, Michigan for the night.
This morning we will take a cruise of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We
travel 32 miles round trip and view brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves,
and pristine beaches. Experience the same cruise that has been delighting
passengers for over 65 years! Lovers Leap, Indian Head, Miners Castle,
and Chapel Rock are just a few of the natural landmarks seen on this cruise.
After lunch we continue through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula crossing the
“Mighty Mac” Bridge from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. We will spend
the night in Mackinaw City located on the picturesque Straits of Mackinac.
This morning we will travel through Cheboygan stopping at Indian River to
view the “Cross In The Woods”. Indian River is located half way between
Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It’s also the center of Michigan’s famed
Inland Waterway. The Cross in the Woods is a Catholic shrine located in
Indian River. With the largest crucifx in the world (31 feet high for the
statue), it has become one of the most famous and most frequently visited
shrines in Michigan. We continue to Frankenmuth, Michigan for an included
lunch at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Frankenmuth is a city in Michigan,
known for its Bavarian-style architecture. There will be time for shopping
and browsing in the many craft and speciality stores in Frankenmuth. Our
destination for the last night of our tour is Perrysburgh, Ohio.
Our fnal day of travel takes us through Ohio and back through the
beautiful Bluegrass State of Kentucky before arriving in Knoxville
ending another delightful tour with Knoxville Tours.