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Explore Lake Michigan

10 days from £2,595pp

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Tour highlights

  • Visit the Motown Museum to learn more about its important legacy.

  • Sample a number of craft beers from local breweries in Detroit.

  • Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Michigan from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

  • Climb the sand dunes in Sleeping Bear and photograph Glen Lake from the top.

  • Take a self-guided tour of historic Fort Mackinac.

  • Explore the walking trails of Mackinac Island to reach hidden caves and arch rock formations.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Detroit. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel which is located in the heart of the city. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

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  • Spend a day exploring 'Motor City' and learning of the industrial and musical heritage that put Detroit on the map. Visit the Ford Plant and take a guided tour of the factory or visit the Detroit Institute of Art. This evening, you may wish to visit one of the city's many craft breweries.

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  • Enjoy another day in Detroit with tickets to the Motown Museum. Home to plenty of photographs, artifacts and interesting exhibits all about Motowns legacy, the museum offers an extensive history lesson.

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  • Today, you will pick up your hire car from the downtown depot and drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Upon arrival, settle into your room and enjoy views of glistening Lake Michigan from your balcony.

  • You have a full day to explore the shoreline. Climb dunes and admire the views of Glen Lake from the top, drive the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and visit the quaint town of Leland, a historic fishing village on the waterfront.

  • Leave Sleeping Bear Dunes behind and drive north past Grand Traverse Bay to Mackinaw City. Here, you will drop off your car and take a ferry over to the car-free Mackinac Island where you will spend the next three nights.

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  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron during your stay on Mackinac Island. There are no vehicles allowed on the island, so you have to get around on foot or by bicycle – both of which make for easy and pleasant exploring. Enjoy hikes and climbs to Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf and Skulls Cave where you can enjoy the beautiful lakeside scenery of the island.

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  • You have another day to explore Mackinac Island and we suggest taking in the historic sites including Fort Mackinac and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, both of which offer fascinating insights into America's colonial history.

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  • Heading back to the mainland today, you will catch the passenger ferry to Mackinaw City where you will pick up your car and drive to Traverse City for your onward journey.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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