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The Great Lakes Trail Self-Drive
17 days from £3,845pp
Visit the rejuvenated cities of Detroit and Minneapolis - St. Paul.
Explore the enormous sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Go walking and cycling in car-free Mackinac Island.
Relish the tranquility and thriving wildlife in Isle Royale National Park.
Discover Wisconsin's pretty Apostle Islands.
- Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
- Mackinaw City
- Mackinac Island
- Mackinaw City
- Isle Royale National Park
- Houghton County
- Bayfield, Wisconsin
- Minneapolis and St Paul
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Detroit
Day 2 Detroit
Day 3 Whitehall
Day 4 Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Drive along the coast of Lake Michigan to Traverse City. There are some delightful state parks to visit on the way, many of which offer glorious coastal views.
Day 5 Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Spend a full day exploring the amazing, and huge, sand dunes in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You may wish to take the ferry to the little islands of North and South Manitou or take the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Other options include a visit to Grand Traverse Lighthouse or go wine tasting at some of the nearby wineries.
Day 6 Mackinac Island
Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore , Mackinaw City , Mackinac Island
Enjoy another scenic lake-edge drive today as you make your way to Mackinac Island. This coastline is dotted with small villages and pretty state parks. Park your car at Mackinaw City and then take the foot passenger ferry over to Mackinac Island. The afternoon is free to explore this car-free island.
Day 7 Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a delightful natural retreat, with plenty of lovely walking and cycling paths affording magical sea views. Most of the island is a state park and transportation is confined to horse and carriage. Visit historic Fort Mackinac and the island's lovely limestone bluffs and emerald green forests.
Day 8 Marquette
Return to your car and drive across the Straits of Mackinac to Marquette in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This is a delightfully scenic drive through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and past Munising Falls and Rock River Falls Canyon.
Day 9 Marquette
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is lightly populated and full of picturesque forests, lakes and mountains. Its many state parks are a haven for wildlife including black bears, wolves, and birdlife. Moose in particular thrive in large numbers here. There is also a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy including wonderful walking trails, fishing, kayaking and mountain biking. Marquette itself offers two lake-side beaches and is a diving hotspot.
Day 10 Isle Royale National Park
Day 11 Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale National Park is the largest island in Lake Superior. Largely forested, this beautiful and isolated place is known for significant populations of wolves and moose, and is a haven for walkers, kayakers and wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy a day breathing in the pure air and discovering this natural island gem.
Day 12 Bayfield, Wisconsin
Isle Royale National Park , Houghton County , Bayfield, Wisconsin
Return by seaplane to Houghton and then take the scenic drive past the Porcupine Mountains into Wisconsin. Your base for the next two nights is the village of Bayfield, ideally located for exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Day 13 Bayfield, Wisconsin
Take a scenic cruise to the Apostle Islands that consist of 21 islands at the northern tip of Wisconsin. See extraordinary standing rocks, sea caves and lighthouses whilst also keeping a look out for deer, eagles and bears.
Day 14 Minneapolis and St Paul
Day 15 Minneapolis and St Paul
Day 16 International return flight
Minneapolis and St Paul , International return flight
Drop off your hire car prior to boarding your onward flight.
Day 17 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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