Great Lakes & Mighty Mac Walk

August 27 – September 6, 2024 • 11 Days • 2022 pricing ~ $3950

Based upon April 2023 survey results, Great Lakes & MIghty Mac Walk is now open for “pre-registration”. Basic tour information is provided on this webpage, along with a map. An email will soon go out inviting travelers to hold their spots with a refundable $100 preregistration deposit.

Tours which are popular in the pre-registration phase will continue to be developed into final itineraries with firm dates, detailed itineraries, and final pricing. Traveler who pre-register will have priority access to full registration, which requires an additional $200 ($300 total registration) when the tour is finalized.

Tour Type: Classic Curated, Volkssport


The Great Lakes region is packed with historical, cultural, and economic significance: the impact of the War of 1812; the influence of Ohio on the growth of the fledgling United States; the Erie Canal transportation revolution; and the vast industrialization of the region initiated by empire builders such as Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller.

Yet the significance of the region is delightfully framed by its natural wonders: placid tracts of Michigan farmland, laid back lakeside towns, and traditional enclaves like Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. The charms of Wisconsin’s pristine capital of Madison is a fitting finale.

NOTE: This tour is planned around the annual Labor Day Mighty Mac Walk over the Mackinaw Bridge connecting Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsula.


  • Lighthouses – more lighthouses are found along the shores of the Great Lakes than along our Atlantic and Pacific coasts. We drive past a host of them and visit at least 3 in Michigan on a lighthouse day drive along Lake Huron on Heritage Route 23
  • Mackinac Island – with all day to explore the country’s second national park (now a Michigan State Park), after Yellowstone, accessed via a 20-minute scenic ferry ride with superb views of the legendary Mighty Mac Bridge
  • The Henry Ford Museum – the phenomenal museum in Dearborn, Michigan memorializing the innovative spirit of Henry Ford, the man who revolutionized the assembly line concept and made it possible for the average American to own an automobile
  • Pictured Rocks National Shoreline Cruise – a 2-hour Lake Superior cruise along a shoreline famous for dramatic, water-sculpted, multi-colored sandstone cliff lakescapes
  • Lake walks and more – walks along all 5 lakes (Ontario requires participation in the optional pre-day activities), 5 states, and 2 state capitals

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