Michigan and Wisconsin Road Trip

Our family flew to Detroit, then did a round trip around Lake Michigan. We stopped in Notre Dame, Chicago, Milwaukee, Mackinac Island, and Traverse City (where we stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge). Check out some of the fun things to do in Michigan with kids.

Day 1

  • Flight 7am to Detroit – land 11:55 am and rent car
  • Lunch by the museum – Brome Burger
  • Ford Museum
  • Drive to Comerica Park and Ford Field
  • Dinner – Jolly Pumpkin Cafe
  • 20 min. drive – Stay in Livonia Fairfield (points)

Day 2

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Ann Arbor (30 min)
  • See campus and stadium, walk downtown
  • walk to Lunch – Zingerman’s
  • Drive to South Bend (2hr 45 min) and visit Notre Dame campus
  • Dinner – Corndance Tavern (takeout)
  • Stay – Condo (free)

Day 3

  • Breakfast at Chicory Cafe
  • Drive to Field Museum (1h 30 min)
  • Walk to lunch – hot dog cart
  • Train to Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier
  • Check into hotel Springhill Suites O’Hare (points)
  • 7pm Cubs game Wrigley Field and dinner

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Walk .5 mile, take Blue Line into the city (1 hr)
  • Willis Tower Skydeck
  • Lunch – Little Goat
  • Drive to Pleasant Prairie Outlets (40 min)
  • Dinner – Crackerbarrel
  • hotel (30m)- Fairfield Milwaukee airport (points)

Day 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • drive to Marquette University (10 min)
  • Drive to Miller Park (3 min)
  • Drive 10 min Historic Third Ward (walk around)
  • Lunch at Milwaukee Ale House on the river
  • Drive to Green Bay (1h 45 min)
  • Lambeau and Packer Hall of Fame
  • Dinner – Titletown Brewing
  • Stay – Fairfield Green Bay Southwest (pay)

Day 6

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Door County –  45 min
  • Sturgeon Bay – Cave Point State Park
  • Egg Harbor – Wood Orchard Market
  • Fish Creek – Lautenbach’s Orchard County, pick up sandwiches at Beachfront Cafe to picnic and rent bikes at Peninsula State Park
  • Sister Bay – Door County Creamery (Cheese and wine )
  • Bailey’s Harbor – Door County Brewing
  • Drive back to Fairfield Green Bay Southwest
  • Dinner – Schlotzsky’s or delivery Gallaghers

Day 7

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Munising (3 h)
  • Lunch – Johnny Dogs
  • Drive and hike to waterfalls (Memorial, Tannery, Munising – north / Alger, Wagner – south)
  • 5pm Pictured Rock Cruise -2h 30 min boat ride
  • Dinner – Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore
  • Stay at AmericInn Munising (pay)

Day 8

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to mackinaw city (2h) – take Star Line ferry to Mackinac Island (20 min)
  • Rent bikes, Fort Mackinac, hike/bike
  • Lunch – Dout’s market for picnic lunch
  • Mackinaw City Expedia Best Value (pay) – awful (don’t stay here)
  • Dinner – Seabiscuit Cafe, Millie’s on Main

Day 9

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Traverse City (2 h)
  • Early Lunch – Grand Traverse Pie Company
  • Great Wolf Lodge – stay and water park $237
  • water park open at 1pm
  • Dinner – order pizza (Dino’s)

Day 10

  • Breakfast at Potters Pastries
  • Drive to East Lansing (3 h)
  • See Michigan State University
  • Early Lunch – Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern
  • Tanger Outlets Howell – 30 min (need to leave by 2)
  • Drive to Detroit Airport (1 hr) – flight leaves at 5:05 PM