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Great Lakes Inn-Sider Self Drive Holiday

  • Chicago
  • Door County
  • Middleton
  • Winona
  • Minneapolis
  • Bayfield
  • Marquette
  • Mackinac Island
  • Saugatuck
  • 12 nights from
  • £3,015 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1005

Holiday Overview

Great Lakes Inn-Sider, USA Self Drive Holiday


The Great Lakes of the northern states of the US are considered a little more off the beaten track when it comes to self-drive routes but this doesn't make it any less appealing. This part of the American is unlike many areas as you enjoy the stunning Great Lakes; Lake Heron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Along the way you will visit big cities like Chicago to smaller towns on Mackinsac Island. 

Start & Finish: Chicago

US states visited: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota & Indiana

Highlights of this holiday are:

- Visit the 'Windy City' of Chicago, named for its politicians rather than the weather

- Visit the Circus Museum in Southern Winconsin

- Drive alongside the mighty Mississippi River

- Enjoy the ferry rides across the Lakes to visit Apostle and Mackinsac Islands

- View the natural formation of Arch Rock & Skull Cover, as well as the home of the Stone Skipping Tourament in Mackinsac Island

Great Lakes Inn-Sider Self Drive Holiday includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Information packet at your hotel upon arrival
  • Compact Car with Gold Cover - Unlimited mileage, Full tank of fuel, 3 additional drivers, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), $1 million liability coverage, Zero excess in the USA
  • Round trip ferry to Mackinac Island
  • 1 night accommodation in Chicago
  • 2 nights accommodation in Door County
  • 1 night accommodation in Middleton
  • 1 night accommodation in Winona
  • 1 night accommodation in Minneapolis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bayfield
  • 1 night accommodation in Marquette
  • 2 nights accommodation in Mackinac Island
  • 1 night accommodation in Saugatuck

Day 1 - Arrive in Chicago

Arrive Chicago. Check-in to hotel

Featured accommodation

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

Unmissable Experiences

Chicago Experiences


Day 2 - Chicago-Milwaukee-Ephraim (259mi/417km)

Visit the Harley Davidson Museum en route to Door County.

Featured accommodation

Eagle Harbor Inn


Day 3 - Door Country

Visit Door County’s state parks; lighthouses; 300 miles of shoreline

Featured accommodation

Eagle Harbor Inn

Unmissable Experiences

Door County Experiences


Day 4 - Door County—Middleton (228mi/367km)

Visit Baraboo en route, home to Ringling Bros. Circus. Visit the Circus World Museum

Featured accommodation

Fairfield Inn & Suites


Day 5 - Middleton—Winona (160mi/257km)

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, and; House on the Rock. It contains one of the most eclectic and unique collections in the world

Featured accommodation

Alexander Mansion

Unmissable Experiences

Winona Experiences


Day 6 - Winona—Minneapolis/St. Paul (148mi/238km)

Winona—Minneapolis/St. Paul (148mi/238km) Drive along the Mississippi River. To the Twin Cities. Explore Minneapolis’ Riverfront District, do some shopping at the mall of America at Bloomington

Featured accommodation

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

Unmissable Experiences

Minneapolis Experiences


Day 7 - St. Paul—Bayfield (208mi/373km)

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; lighthouses

Featured accommodation

Old Rittenhouse Inn


Day 8 - Bayfield—Apostle Islands—Bayfield

Take ferries between island for recreational activities; biking hiking and swimming

Featured accommodation

Old Rittenhouse Inn

Unmissable Experiences

Bayfield Experiences


Day 9 - Bayfield—Marquette (205mi/330km)

Travel through state and national forest land to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Featured accommodation

Landmark Inn

Unmissable Experiences

Marquette Experiences


Day 10 - Marquette—Mackinac Island (171mi/274km)

Take the High speed ferry to Mackinac Island

Featured accommodation

Grand Hotel


Day 11 - Mackinac Island

Arch Rock; Skull Cove; Sugarloaf; British Landing; Devil’s Kitchen; Beach of a Bazillion Beautiful Skipping Stones

Featured accommodation

Grand Hotel

Unmissable Experiences

Mackinac Island Experiences


Day 12 - Mackinac Island—Saugatuck (293mi/472km)

Beach town; history; culture; shoreline festivals

Featured accommodation

Beachway Resort & Hotel

Unmissable Experiences

Saugatuck Experiences


Day 13 - Saugatuck—Depart from Chicago (140mi/225km)


Holland and Grand Haven en route to Chicago

USA Holiday Stopovers

Why not add in the 'Land of Fire and Ice' - Iceland -on your way to your holiday in the USA. We have put together a great stopover in Iceland for 2 or 3 nights which includes accommodation and the Golden Circle Trip which includes visits to the Gullfoss Waterfall, the geo thermal area of Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

If you are travelling to the west coast of America, why not add a couple of nights stay in New York which includes accommodation and tickets for the 'Top of the Rock' observation platform for an iconic view of the city skyline. This can be done either on your way out or on the way back.

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