So we'll be visiting my daughter in Chicago and want to do a road trip afterwards. I need help with the timing and how long to stay at places. We want to drive north from Chicago to visit Kohler. We've seen their showroom before but want to take the tour. So day 1 drive to Kohler, day 2 visit Kohler factory. Then we are thinking that for day 3 ,4, and 5 drive over to Mackinaw city. Stay there for Memorial Weekend. See a parade, fireworks, take a boat ride, see the Mackinaw Bridge and spend time north in Sault Ste. Marie. Day 6 we would drive to Detroit. Day 7 visit car factories. We want to see the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Is there something else there that we should not miss? Day 8 we start our drive back to the east coast. What are your thoughts? What should I add? Take away? Thanks.
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You should add Mackinac island, and my ds said that the rouge factory tour was quite boring, but he is not into cars, so make of that what you will. I woould add greenfield village and/or the Henry Ford museum depending on what you are interested.I would also check out a tigers game.
Definitely take the ferry over to Mackinac Island from Mackinaw city and spend at least a few hours, if not a day on the island. We love doing the bike around the island--you can rent bikes at several locations. But there are lots of fun shops and restaurants and don't forget to get icecream at the grand hotel!
One more thing, while in the Mackinac area, if you are going to get fudge, get it at Aaron Murdicks in Mackinac city, it is the original family recipe- and is much creamer and smoother than the fudge sold by rybas or the murdicks on the island (they bought the name, not the recipe from the original fudge makers). Aaron Murdicks fudge is also sold in Frankenmuth, which is another place.to consider stopping on your way from Mackinac to detroit.
Last Edit: Apr 11, 2015 13:52:35 GMT by littlemama
I also recommend a trip over to Mackinac Island. We've stayed there at that time of year and you can get great deals on island hotels just before Memorial Day weekend or if you arrive on Memorial Day. Check out the packages with Lilac Tree or Chippewa Hotels.
There's nothing like the quiet of the morning on the island before the rest of the tourists arrive on the ferries.
There's special Memorial Day events at the fort in Mackinaw City, if I remember correctly.
I'll also add another vote for stopping in Frankenmuth (Bronner's Christmas store is the "world's largest") and visiting The Henry Ford. You can get a ticket package that includes the Rouge factory tour, the Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village.
Hartwick Pines State Park is near Grayling, along I-75. If you want to stop and take a walk in the woods, they have a nice walking trail with some museum-type displays that tell the story of Michigan's logging industry. They have preserved an area of the largest pines in the Eastern US - a midwest version of the redwood forests.