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).

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)
  • 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