Mackinac Island and other Michigan Adventures – Aug. 13th – 20th, 2017

Group Bus Trip to beautiful Mackinac Island and other Michigan Adventures!

August 13th – 20th, 2017

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Draft Itinerary

Day 1: Begin our 8 day motorcoach adventure and head  toward Northern Michigan.  As always, enjoy movies and signature bingo games on the bus!  

Day 2:  Breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a visit to the Michigan History Museum in Lansing, MI.  The museum presents a 5-level venue featuring permanent and special interactive exhibits and artifacts.   This museum considers it their job to discover, preserve, and share the stories of the history of Michigan. 

Day 3:  Breakfast and then head to Sault Sainte Marie.  Enjoy a delightful cruise through the Soo Locks.  The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and are one of the largest waterway traffic systems on the planet.  Next experience the sights, sounds and excitement of Michigan’s oldest city, Sault Sainte Marie.  You will have free time in Sault Sainte Marie to browse the unique quaint shops or just relax and watch the ships go through the locks. 

This afternoon we visit Fort de Buade Museum.   Fort de Buade was built in 1683 by Olivier Morel de La Durantaye for the purpose of demonstrating to the Native Americans the power of France and to check the westward expansion of the British into the rich fur regions of the Great Lakes. Fort de Buade was the most important French outpost in northern Michigan west of Montreal.  Later, there is Free time in the quaint lakeside village of Saint Ignace.mac-island-soo-locks-2

Day 4:  After breakfast our Mackinac Island adventure begins with a ferryboat ride to the island.  Mackinac Island covers 3.8 sq miles.  Beginning in the late 19th century, the island became a popular tourist attraction and has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration.  As a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historical Landmark and over 80% of the island is preserved as Mackinac State Park.  There are no cars allowed on the island.  Therefore, we will take a carriage ride around the island and see the fabulous sights, including Arch Rock and Lilac Lane.  Enjoy, no relish, a delightful lunch in the world famous Grand Hotel!  Leisure time to visit the islands lovely shops or just people watch on the porch of the Grand Hotel. mac-grand-hotelmac-island-arch-rock

Day 5: Enjoy a Guided tour of quaint Mackinaw City.  See the Old Mackinac Lighthouse, which dates back to 1892.  Visit Colonial Michilimackinac, a 1700’s era village.  Fort Michilimackinac was an 18th century fort and trading post in the Great Lakes of North America.  Built around 1715, it is a National Historical Landmark and is preserved as an open-air historical museum.  The fort brings history to life with music, live demonstrations and reenactments, including musket and cannon firing demonstrations.  It is considered one of the most extensively excavated early French archaeological sites in the United States.mac-island-colonial-michilimackinac

 

 

 

 

Day 6:  Today we head to Michigan’s’ Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth.  This much beloved town has some of the best German bakeries you could hope to visit but the main draw is the amazing Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, touted as the largest Christmas store in the world. mac-island-christmas-trees

Day 7.  Head out and visit the Henry Ford Museum, a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and National Historic Landmark that celebrates American ideas and innovations.  This museum not only showcases the automobiles designed and built by Henry Ford but also features compelling stories to help you learn about innovations from America’s greatest makers, thinkers and doers.   It is one of my favorite museums in the country!  You will see amazing displays!

Day 8.  On the road home.  Let’s see what surprises we can find along the way!

 

Carol Palmer (615) 973-3390

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