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ILLINOIS

INDIANA
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
OHIO
PENNSYLVANIA
WISCONSIN
EXPERIENCE
THE REAL
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Highlights
Minnesota is a shoppers dream! The area hosts the largest
mall in the country, Mall of America in Bloomington, featuring
520 stores, 60 restaurants, 7 nightclubs and the largest U.S.
indoor amusement park - Camp Snoopy. The
Minneapolis/Saint Paul area also offers incredible downtown
shopping and neighbourhoods packed with quaint shops and
boutiques. With NO SALES TAX on clothing, your shopping
bags are bound to be full!
Two times the city, twice the experience! Minneapolis and
Saint Paul are two distinctive cities, neighbours located along
the banks of the Mississippi River that together offer travellers
an incredible variety of culture, entertainment, sightseeing,
first-class lodging and unlimited dining options. Hotels in
suburban Bloomington offer free shuttles to and from the
airport and Mall of America.
The new light rail line makes it even faster and easier to get
around -- connecting the best shopping, hotels, nightlife and
entertainment the area has to offer. Take the Hiawatha Line
from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport to the
heart of Minneapolis' downtown and back to Mall of America
in Bloomington, or hop on one of our city busses to go to
Saint Paul or points in between. Its easy and economical!
Minnesota's 10,000 lakes offer boating, fishing and many
outdoor recreational opportunities. Nature in the cities is
abundant, for instance, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
Refuge has recorded over 200 species of birds, and is just 2
miles from MSP International Airport! In addition, golf at
world-class resort spas in northern Minnesota and within the
metro area at courses that have hosted the PGA, the US
Open and other professional golf tournaments.
Dont miss the North Shore Drive along Lake Superior now
designated as an All American Road for its unique scenic
beauty. The Sawtooth Mountains on one side, and the largest
lake in the world on the other, provide spectacular views and
scenic overlooks.
In the US:
Explore Minnesota Tourism
www.exploreminnesota.com
E-mail: explore@state.mn.us
In the United Kingdom:
Great Lakes of North America
Cellet Travel Services, Ltd.
Telephone: 01564 794 999
Fax: 01564 795 333
www.greatlakesnorthamerica.co.uk
E-mail: yolanda@cellet.co.uk
Explore More:
Minneapolis Vibrant. Beautiful.
Cosmopolitan. Naturally sophisticated.
You'll love our style!
www.minneapolis.org
Saint Paul Classy. Stately. Charming.
Delightfully appealing. Youll love it here!
www.visitsaintpaul.com
Bloomington Home of Mall of America,
33 affordable hotels, light rail, free Mall and
airport shuttles!
www.bloomingtonmn.org
Mall of America Shop til you Drop!
Experience 520 stores, 60 restaurants and
attractions galore. And, No Sales Tax on
Clothing!
www.mallofamerica.com
Come with us to an exciting and
relatively unknown area of the
United States of America. An area
approximately the size of Europe
with thousands of sparkling lakes,
rivers and streams, including the five
Great Lakes virtually vast inland
seas and the mighty Mississippi
River, mile-upon-mile of wide sandy
beaches, scores of photogenic
lighthouses, some of the worlds
highest sand dunes and dramatic
inland landscapes carved by Ice Age
glaciers.
The Great Lakes of North America
region is also a land of deep forests
filled with wildlife, endless rolling
prairies rippling with fields of grain,
and a huge number of outdoor
adventure opportunities, ranging
from canoeing, fishing and golf to
skiing, dog sledding and
snowmobiling.
On its shores and inland are the
homes of more American Indian
tribes than in any other area east of
the Mississippi River and welcoming
towns and villages founded in the
18th and 19th centuries by French,
English, German, Swiss, Scandinavian
and numerous other national groups.
Then there are the legendary cities:
magnificent Chicago, third largest city
in the USA, with its spectacular
skyscrapers and superb museums
and performing arts not forgetting
great shopping, dining and nightlife;
handsome, historic Philadelphia, the
birthplace of America and exciting,
dramatically-sited Pittsburgh with its
modern art museums; Detroit, where
Americas motoring industry and
irresistible Motown music were born;
Cleveland, the birthplace of rock n
roll and the great river city of
Cincinnati; Indianapolis, home of the
world-renowned Indy 500 races; the
treasure-filled Twin Cities of
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, best
known for the bargain-filled Mall of
America; and vibrant Milwaukee
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
GREAT LAKES
GREAT STATES
INTRODUCTION
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CONTENTS
4 REGIONAL MAP and
GREAT LAKES FACTS
5 GREAT LAKES Great
Outdoor Adventures
6 ILLINOIS My Kind of
Town, My Kind of State
10 INDIANA Motoring Magic
and More
14 MICHIGAN Where the
Four Lakes Meet
17 GREAT LAKES Great
Shopping
18 MINNESOTA Water,
Water, Everywhere
20 OHIO The All-American
State
23 PENNSYLVANIA
Through Ben Franklins Eyes
26 WISCONSIN City and
Country Adventures
28 GREAT LAKES Great
Driving Tours
The Great Lakes of North America region is also a
land of deep forests filled with wildlife, endless
rolling prairies rippling with fields of grain, and a
huge number of outdoor adventure opportunities.
where you can enjoy everything
from a tour of a Harley-Davidson
plant to a visit to an historic Great
Lakes sailing ship.
And great news its so easy to
get there via flights from the UK into
Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati,
Detroit, Minneapolis-Saint Paul and
Philadelphia as well as flights from
Ireland into Chicago and
Philadelphia. So whats keeping you?
Come on over!
Hiking in Wisconsin
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is surrounded by three rivers Steamboats in Cincinnati
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MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
OHIO
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MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN

DULUTH
CHICAGO
SOUTHBEND
CLEVELAND
COLUMBUS
INDIANAPOLIS
EVANSVILLE
CINCINNATI
PITTSBURGH
HARRISBURG
ERIE
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DETROIT
LANSING
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MACKINACISLAND
MILWAUKEE
GREENBAY
MADISON
SAINT PAUL
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LOCATION
Set along the Canadian border between the Midwest and
north-eastern USA.
INCLUDED
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and
Wisconsin.
LAND AREA
Approximately 364,000 square miles.
CLIMATE
Usually a pleasant fresh spring, a hot sunny summer, a beautiful
vibrant autumn and a crisp cold winter.
TIME ZONES
The eastern part of the region Pennsylvania, Ohio and all but
portions of north-western Indiana and Michigan are in the
Eastern Standard Time Zone (five hours behind the UK) and
Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin are in the Central Time Zone (six
hours behind the UK).
UK & IRISH CONTACTS
The Great Lakes of North America Tourist Office
c/o Cellet Travel Services Ltd, Brook House,
47 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AA
Tel: 01564 794999 E-mail: info@cellet.co.uk
or visit www.greatlakesnorthamerica.co.uk
Callers from Ireland should dial +44 1564 794999
www.exploreminnesota.com
www.michigan.org
www.EnjoyIndiana.com
www.travelwisconsin.com
www.visitpa.com
www.DiscoverOhio.com
www.gochicago.com
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You may have heard about the
great fishing, boating and beaches
along Pennsylvanias and Ohios
Lake Erie waterfront, or even about
the water sports available in
Pennsylvanias Delaware River Gap
region, but did you know that
Pennsylvania has more than two
dozen ski resort areas, that you can
hang-glide in Hyner View State Park
or view the eastern USAs largest
herd of elk from a special scenic
drive in the Pennsylvania Wilds? Or
that in Ohio you can bike along 800
miles of trail or hike through the
states south-eastern Hocking Hills
where towering bluffs, natural
caves and other amazing
formations add to the allure of the
rugged terrain?
While in Chicago, you can sail out
into Lake Michigan or play golf or
beach volleyball along its shore. Or
you can head south along
legendary Route 66 and its
connecting roads for the deep
woodlands, numerous rivers and
streams, and campsites of the
268,400-acre Shawnee National
Forest. While there you can climb
up dramatic rock formations, view
waterfalls and a wide range of
wildlife, boat or stroll along six rivers
and creeks, picnic and go
horseback riding.
Indiana also has its recreation-
filled parklands notably its
largest, Brown County State Park
but its special treat is the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore, sited
only 50 miles south-east of
Chicago and offering 15,000 acres
of dunes, beaches and wooded
trails.
In Michigan you can explore the
worlds largest and highest range of
freshwater sand dunes by dune
buggy. And, with 3,200 miles of
shoreline wrapped around two
peninsulas and surrounded by
three Great Lakes, Michigan is also
great for water sports and
photography particularly as it has
more lighthouses (nearly 120) than
any other state. Then there are its
public golf courses more per
capita than any other state and, in
winter, skiing, dog sledding and
snowmobiling.
Minnesota is particularly well
known for its 1,500 miles of
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness along the Canadian
border, but you can also play golf
on more than 450 courses,
participate in numerous winter
sports and follow in the steps of
those filmic Grumpy Old Men, Walter
Matthau and Jack Lemmon, by
going ice fishing.
Golfers rave about Wisconsins
courses but if you prefer water
sports you can always white-water
raft down its turbulent rivers and
play hide-and-seek by kayak
amongst the sea caves of the 21
islands constituting its Apostle
Islands National Lakeshore. And
where better to canoe than along
the 250 miles of the St. Croix
National Scenic Riverway, keeping
your eye out en route for glimpses of
eagles, ospreys, owls and beavers?
With four of the Great Lakes, much of the mighty Mississippi River and
thousands of other lakes and rivers within its borders, its hardly surprising
that the Great Lakes of North America region is a Mecca for boaters,
swimmers, fishermen and jet skiers. What may be lesser known is the
regions huge range of land-based outdoor adventures.
Biking in Wisconsin
Camping in Illinois Shawnee National Forest Dog sledding in Minnesota
If you prefer water
sports you can always
white-water-raft down
its turbulent rivers and
play hide-and-seek by
kayak amongst the sea
caves of the 21 islands.
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Sailboats at Mackinac Island, Michigan
Begin by heading south from the
city on legendary Route 66, which
bisects Illinois for 300 miles on its
2,400-mile journey to Los Angeles
and the Pacific Ocean. All along the
way are reminders of the carefree
post-World War II years when
Americans set out to discover their
own country. There are perky little
diners and mom and pop
restaurants, Art Deco-style motels
and flamboyant neon signs, drive-in
movies and old-timey petrol
stations, particularly in
and around
Springfield, 200 miles
south of Chicago.
Here, in the state
capital, youre also at the
heart of the Land of
Lincoln where a visit to the
fascinating new
Abraham
Lincoln
Presidential Library & Museum is an
absolute must. Far from being a
mere paean to a past president, the
museum is filled with colourful
dioramas depicting Lincolns private
and public life and the
turbulent Civil War and
slavery times in which he
lived. There are also
dramatisations using both
live actors and holograms,
and provocative interactive
exhibits.
While in the city,
you can visit
Lincolns
You may set out from the UK for Illinois with only
one thing in mind to spend as much time as
possible in stunning, scintillating Chicago,
Americas third largest city and the major
gateway to the Great Lakes region. Frank Sinatras
my kind of town and poet Carl Sandburgs city
of the big shoulders is vibrant, full of architectural
and cultural attractions, fun and a great place to
shop! But, then to make your trip even more
memorable consider spending a few more days
on a treasure hunt through the rest of the state.
www.gochicago.com
MY KIND OF TOWN AND MY
KIND OF STATE
ILLINOIS
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Chicago's Lake Michigan skyline and Navy Pier; below: A figure of Abraham Lincoln
at his namesake Springfield museum
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ILLINOIS STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Springfield
POPULATION: 12,419,293
SIZE: 56,400 square miles
NICKNAMES: Land of Lincoln
TIME OF STATEHOOD: December
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home, law office and tomb, both
the historic Old State Capitol and
the handsome present day State
Capitol and the Dana-Thomas State
Historic Site, one of Americas most
perfectly preserved early Frank
Lloyd Wright houses. Just 20 miles
to the north-west is the restored
frontier town of New Salem where
Honest Abe spent his young
adulthood as a shopkeeper,
postmaster, surveyor and captain of
the local militia.
Other cities with Lincoln
associations include Galesburg in
western Illinois where you can visit
the birthplace cottage of his Pulitzer
prize-winning biographer Carl
Sandburg. From here its a quick trip
east to historic Peoria, overlooking
the Illinois River, or west to the Great
River Road paralleling the mighty
Mississippi River. Along the road are
such interesting towns and cities as
picturesque Galena, where you can
visit the home of General/later US
President Ulysses S. Grant; Nauvoo,
site of an early Mormon settlement;
the Quad Cities area, where you can
view current and historic farm and
industrial equipment at the John
Deere & Company Pavilion, and
Alton, one of a number of river
towns offering both riverboat
cruises and casino gambling.
To its south are Cahokia, the
states oldest (1699) town, and the
Cahokia Mounds, the remarkable
remains of the largest prehistoric
American Indian city north of
Mexico. Bordered by Kentucky and
the Ohio River, southern Illinois is an
area of deep forests, state parks,
lakes and dramatic rock formations,
whereas much of central Illinois,
bordered to the east by the Wabash
River, is rolling, fertile agricultural
country punctuated by university
and commercial cities and by the
Amish farming communities of
Arthur and Arcola.
To the north are Rockford,
Illinoiss second largest city and
home to such magnificent public
gardens as Anderson Japanese
Gardens; Woodstock with its wealth
of Victorian architecture; Aurora, site
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Lie back and enjoy the stunning
skyscraper scenery on a Chicago
Architectural Foundation River
Cruise. The 90-minute cruises down
the Chicago River run from early
May until late November. Another
option: a guided architectural
walking tour.
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Enjoy the numerous
attractions on Navy Pier,
jutting out into Lake Michigan and
housing everything from good
restaurants and the Chicago
Shakespeare Theatre to the Chicago
Childrens Museum, a huge Ferris
wheel and a musical carousel.
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Attend a concert of the Grant
Park Orchestra and Chorus at
the stunning new Frank Gehry-
designed Pritzker Pavilion in
lakefront Millennium Park.
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Learn about President Lincoln
and his family and the time in
which they lived at Springfields
Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum.
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Spend a half-hour chatting
about Route 66 with Bill Shea,
85, the colourful owner and
manager of Springfields Route 66
Gas Station Museum. Then order a
batter-covered hotdog (dont dare
call it a corndog!) on a stick at the
nearby Cozy Dog Drive In.
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A statue of Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, once his home; right: cruising down the Chicago River.
Boating in Shawnee National Forest; right: Bill Shea and his wife at Springfields
Route 66 Gas Station Museum
Bordered by Kentucky and the Ohio River,
southern Illinois is an area of deep forests, state
parks, lakes and dramatic rock formations.
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of the new Chicago Premium
Outlets discount shopping mall;
Gurnee, where families enjoy the
theme parks Six Flags Great America
and its new Six Flags Hurricane
Harbor; Ravinia, in Highland Park,
where the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra performs throughout the
summer; Schaumburg, home of the
massive Woodfield Mall, and
Wilmette, where you can view the
majestic Bahai House of Worship
and relax on a beach overlooking
Lake Michigan.
Just south on Lake Michigan,
Chicagos skyline is dramatised by
some of the worlds most stunning
skyscrapers, including the Sears
Tower, the highest building in North
America. The areas other
architectural and artistic treasures
include tranquil Oak Parks array of
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed
Prairie-style homes and Chicagos
numerous modern sculptures
here a Picasso, there a Calder or an
Anish Kapoor both in the city
centre and in the new lakefront
Millennium Park. Thats not to forget
the magnificent, world-class and
recently expanded Art Institute of
Chicago, the Field Museum, the
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy
Museum and the Shedd Aquarium.
Then there are the world-
renowned Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, some 200 theatres, a
variety of jazz, blues and comedy
clubs, opera, ballet and some 5,600
restaurants in the central business
district alone. As for the fabulous
shopping, where do you begin (or
Illinois, particularly Chicago, has appeared in so many
films that its hard to make a choice. The University of
Chicago campus was the departure point for Meg
Ryan and Billy Crystals memorable car journey in
When Harry Met Sally; Matthew Broderick and his
mates admired some of the same Art Institute of Chicago paintings you will
view in Ferris Buellers Day Off; Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and/or
Cameron Diaz pop up in scenes along the Chicago River, Lake Shore Drive
and the Drake Hotel in My Best Friends Wedding; John Goodman, as baseball
legend Babe Ruth, hit a home run or two in Wrigley Field in The Babe, and
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd generally run amok in the Windy City in The
Blues Brothers. Incidentally, if youre heading north drive through suburban
Winnetka this is where young Macaulay Culkin outfoxed Joe Pesci and a
fellow burglar in Home Alone. (John Candy also spent some time here in
Uncle Buck.)
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A reminder that 300 miles of Route 66
pass through Illinois Cynthia Howe
A red hot night in Blue Chicago
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North Michigan Avenues
Magnificent Mile, lined by major
department stores, vertical malls
and scores of shops; the chic little
side streets with boutiques
boasting top designer labels, and
State Streets landmark Marshall
Fields, the birthplace of the
department store. In addition there
are numerous other
neighbourhood shopping areas
and the huge malls surrounding
the city.
Speaking of neighbourhoods,
you shouldnt leave Chicago
without visiting at least one of its
numerous and colourful ethnic
enclaves such as Little Italy,
Greektown or the Ukranian Village,
or without enjoying one of the
many flamboyant annual parades
or festivals. To best experience
these areas take a Chicago
Neighborhood Tour or go on a free
tour with a Chicago Greeter
specialising in your particular area
or subject of interest.
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Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture enhances Chicago's Millennium Park
Millennium Park's Frank Gehry-
designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Just south on Lake Michigan, Chicagos skyline is
dramatised by some of the worlds most stunning
skyscrapers, including the Sears Tower, the
highest building in North America.
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Mary Moore
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based editor of
Essentially America
magazine has been
to Chicago on several splendid
shopping (and cultural) safaris and
has the credit card bills to prove it.
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GATEWAY FROM THE UK
AND IRELAND: Chicago
is served from London
Heathrow by direct American
Airlines, British Airways and
United Airlines flights; from
Manchester by bmi and
American Airlines, which also
links Glasgow and Chicago
(summer only). There is also a
service from Heathrow via
Amsterdam by KLM/Northwest.
American Airlines and
Aer Lingus offer direct flights
from Dublin.
Grant Wood's American Gothic in the
Art Institute of Chicago
But however the state residents got
their name, one thing is for sure
Indiana has produced its fair share
of famous people, among them:
actors James Dean and Steve
McQueen, entertainers and
musicians Cole Porter and Michael
Jackson, TV celebrity David
Letterman, Garfield cartoonist Jim
Davis and US President Abraham
Lincoln, who spent some of his
early years in the state.
Fly into Indianapolis, the modern,
centrally-located state capital,
ascend to the top of its 284ft-tall
1902 Soldiers and Sailors
Monument and youll see why
Indiana is known as The Crossroads
of America. For jutting out from
Monument Circle like spokes from a
wheel are roads going in all different
directions Indianapolis, they say, is
bisected by more highways than
any other city in America.
Among them is Americas first
federally funded interstate highway
the National Road, now
designated an All-American Road.
And among the places to which
they lead are several museums
exhibiting splendid automobiles
dating back to the 1900s when
Indiana with 60 car
manufacturers ranked second in
the USA for the number of cars it
produced.
But before you head out to the
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
in Auburn or to South Bends
Studebaker National Museum,
youll want to visit the Racing
Capital of the Worlds Indianapolis
Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. It
tells the story of such premiere
annual events as the Indy 500, the
Formula One United States Grand
Prix and NASCARS Allstate 400 at
the Brickyard. After you gawk at the
winning cars you can spin around
the speedways track on a bus tour
just dont expect to travel
more than 20mph!
You can also visit the
handsome 1888 Indiana
Statehouse and the
recently expanded
Indianapolis Museum of
Art, attend a concert or
exhibition at the
Artsgarden,
or spend
an afternoon at White River State
Park, near downtown, where you
can learn more about the states
history at the Indiana State
Museum, and about its Native
American heritage at the Eiteljorg
Museum of American Indian
and Western Art,
which doubled in
size in 2005. If
travelling with
children, make
sure to include a
visit to the
Indianapolis Zoos
unique new Dolphin
Adventure Pavilion
and to the
There are several theories as to why the good people of Indiana are known as Hoosiers.
Some say the name comes from a French word for a country person while others think it refers
to someone who dwells in the hills. Perhaps it was the name given to the workmen employed by
a builder named Samuel Hoosier, or maybe the name comes from a call of whos here? It
seems no one knows for sure not even the Hoosiers.
www.EnjoyIndiana.com
MOTORING MAGIC AND MORE
INDIANA
INDIANA STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Indianapolis
POPULATION: 6,080,485
SIZE: 36,185 square miles
NICKNAMES: Hoosier State
TIME OF STATEHOOD:
11 December 1816
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Monument Circle is the hub of Indianapolis; below: actor James Dean is an Indiana icon
A vintage auto at South Bends
Studebaker National Museum
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Dinosphere: Now Youre in Their
World exhibition in the splendid
Childrens Museum of Indianapolis.
HIT THE ROAD
If you love the outdoors a road trip
in Indiana will reveal surprising
landscapes. You can enjoy
towering mountains of sand at the
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
along Lake Michigan, follow the
twists and turns of the Ohio River
Scenic Byway or the Indiana
Uplands Wine Trail and find beauty
underground at such stunning
southern Indiana caves as Squire
Boone Caverns, discovered in 1790
by pioneer Daniel Boone and his
brother.
All along the way you can bike,
hike, canoe, fish, golf and ski.
Abraham Lincoln spent his early
years (1816 1830) in southern
Indiana and the area is now home
to the Lincoln Boyhood National
Memorial and related sites. Exhibits
at the History Center in Indianapolis
Considering its passion for sports,
its hardly surprising that some of
the best films about Indiana have
featured baseball and basketball.
Huntingburgs League Stadium in
south-western Indiana was a setting for the 1992 film A
League of Their Own which followed the fortunes of a
World War II womens baseball team, including Geena
Davis and Madonna, led by grumpy manager Tom Hanks.
The Athenaum, a popular Indianapolis landmark known
for its theatre and beer garden, was a backdrop in Eight
Men Out, inspired by a baseball scandal and featuring
John Cusack and Charlie Sheen. And Hoosiers, starring
Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey, was
filmed in the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as well as
in the Hoosier Gymnasium in Knightstown, east of
Indianapolis on the Historic National Road. The small
town of Milan in south-eastern Illinois was the home of
the films inspiration a real-life basketball team which
beat all odds to win a state championship in 1954.
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Visit Historic New Harmony in
south-western Indianas scenic
Wabash River Valley. Established by
the early 19th-century Harmony
Society as a utopian community, it
has been called a vacationers
dream and a researchers paradise.
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Rent a rustic cabin in hilly
south-central Indiana's Brown
County State Park, the largest in
the state and full of opportunities
to hike, bike and enjoy the area's
artisan heritage. It's also
particularly beautiful during the
fall foliage season and located
between Columbus, famous for its
architecture, and Bloomington,
home of Indiana University.
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Enjoy a ride on the new
Voyage, one of the worlds
longest, fastest roller coasters at
Holiday World, and then cool off at
Splashin Safari, Indianas largest
water park. Both are in the same
facility located in the town of Santa
Claus in southern Indiana.
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Watch a fun-filled
performance or visit the
museum in the Circus Hall of Fame,
sited in Peru in central Indiana.
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Learn more about Indianas
farming practices and unique
Native American heritage at the
Museum at Prophetstown, set in a
state park named for the American
Indian Prophet, Tenskwatawa and
his famous brother, Tecumseh, who
persuaded 14 rival Indian tribes to
form a coalition for their own
protection.
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South Bends University of Notre Dame
Sandy beaches and huge dunes overlook Lake Michigan
If you love the outdoors a road trip in Indiana will
reveal surprising landscapes. You can enjoy
towering mountains of sand at the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan and follow
the twists and turns of the Ohio River Scenic Byway.
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and at Fort Waynes Lincoln
Museum also reflect Indianas
Lincoln heritage.
South Bend, near the northern
border with Michigan and only
100-some miles east of Chicago, is
not only home to the renowned
University of Notre Dame, its also
the gateway to Elkhart and the
picturesque Amish Country where
you can enjoy the food, overnight
hospitality and 19th-
century lifestyle of this
unique group of
people.
Columbus in central
Indiana is a showcase
for buildings of world-
class architects,
including Eero Saarinen
and IM Pei, and the
Ohio River town of
Madison is proud of its
mid-19th-century
architecture it has 133 blocks on
the National Register of Historic
Places, plus plenty of antique
shops.
If you love a good festival and
there are many in Indiana! visit
Fairmount in east-central Indiana
Where Cool was Born. Thats Cool
as in James Dean who was born
here in 1931. He was killed in a car
crash in California in 1955 aged just
24, but lives on in such films as East
of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and
Giant, as well as in
Fairmounts James
Dean Gallery, the
Fairmount Historical
Museum and in its
annual late
September James
Dean Festival. The
highlight is the
James Dean Look-a-
Like competition. Its
good, family fun in a
nice town not just
Small Town America but Small
Town America in the 1950s. Cool.
British freelancer
Tina Ediss a
regular freelancer
for Britains national
newspapers
recently added Indiana to the list of
18 American states she has visited.
GATEWAYS FROM THE UK
AND IRELAND: Indiana is easily
accessible from Cincinnati and
Chicago, both served by daily
direct air service from the UK.
Chicago is also served by air
service from Dublin.
The world-renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway
An Amish boy enjoying
watermelon

A good place to base yourself is in


attractive Traverse City. Set beside a
bay between two peninsulas, it has
sandy beaches, a charming Victorian-
era downtown and plenty of
welcoming hotels.
An easy drive north, followed by
a short ferry ride, takes you across to
Lake Hurons Mackinac Island. This
tranquil, car-free gem, with its
Victorian architecture and spectacular
hilltop fort, makes for a popular day
trip or for a longer stay in a B&B or in
The Grand Hotel, with its sweeping
veranda and great views of the town.
For a real taste of the great
outdoors, continue over the
Mackinaw Bridge to Michigans
Upper Peninsula, offering miles of
open countryside as well as state
parks, which are particularly
appealing to
hikers and
backpackers.
A STATE FOR ALL SEASONS
The pleasures of northern Michigan
arent confined to the long summer
days. Skiing is very popular in winter
and places like Crystal Mountain, 30
miles south-west of Traverse City,
offer challenges and tuition for all
ages and abilities.
But then all of Michigan is full of
winter fun, from
snowmobiling to ice
fishing. At Thunder Bay near
Alpena horse-drawn
sleighs drive up close
to herds of elk, while
at Sleeping Bear
Dune National
Lakeshore rangers lead
snowshoe hikes.
In spring, golfers start sizing up
options for the season and there
are many to choose from. For
instance, Gaylord, about three hours
north of Detroit, has 25 courses and
24 hotel properties within a 30-mile
radius.
Michigan is also famed for its
cherry production; theres no nicer
time to visit the orchards than in
May when the trees are full of
blossom. The farm shops and
wineries make good places to stock
up on local produce. And with all
those trees, leaf peeping in the
autumn becomes a state-wide
pastime. Most people in Britain think
only of New England in the autumn;
those in the know recommend
Michigan. Whatever the season,
Grand Rapids Fredrik Meijer Gardens
and Sculpture Park is a delight. Set in
Michigans second largest city, the
125-acre attraction features the
states largest tropical conservatory,
indoor and outdoor gardens and a
three-storey-tall sculpture of a
Leonardo da Vinci horse. While in
south-west Michigan you should
also swing by Lansings fascinating
Michigan Historical Museum, which
provides insight into the state from
prehistoric to modern times.
And then theres the big city life
in places like Detroit, which has been
rapidly emerging in recent years to
provide a mixture of downtown
entertainment and world-class
culture. For many people, the city is
Auto tycoon Henry Ford
and a Model T Ford
Michigan the only state with shorelines on four of the five Great Lakes is quite naturally the
place to go for a swimming, boating or fishing holiday. But its not just the vacation
opportunities offered by Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior, and their 3,200-miles of
coastline, but also the rivers and smaller inland lakes that make Michigan such a favourite
holiday destination. For here you can drift down a river in a canoe, catch a prize fish, climb
300ft-tall sand dunes and admire photogenic lighthouses.
www.michigan.org
WHERE THE FOUR LAKES MEET
MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Detroit
POPULATION: 5 million
SIZE: 79,610 square miles (12th in
size among the 50 states)
NICKNAMES: The Great Lakes State
TIME OF STATEHOOD: May 11,
1868 (32nd state)
great lakes of North america
Downtown Detroits dramatic skyline
BY DONALD HISCOCK
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forever connected with music and
the history of the motorcar. Fans of
both are well provided for.
The Motown Historical Museum,
home of the Motown Sound, is filled
with rare photographs and
memorabilia connected with such
recording artists as the Supremes,
Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. And
The Henry Ford Museum in nearby
Dearborn houses 12 acres of exhibits
under one roof covering all aspects of
the development of the automobile
in American life. The adjacent
Greenfield Village is an open-air
museum devoted to the
appreciation of Americas past
through a collection of historic
buildings. For instance, you can visit
Thomas Edisons laboratory and the
Wright Brothers bicycle shop, both
carefully maintained to give visitors a
unique glimpse of earlier times.
For sports fans, Detroit has two
modern stadiums. Comerica Park is
home to baseballs Tigers and nearby
is Ford Field, home of the Lions
football team. Both teams play right
in the heart of downtown, making
the place vibrant, especially on match
days. Just a short distance away are
the cultural showpieces of the
Charles H. Wright Museum of African
American History and the renowned
Detroit Institute of Fine Arts.
With all towns in Michigan
displaying a strong sense of civic
pride there is always pleasure to be
had from just taking potluck and
exploring as your fancy takes you. In
your travels you might even find a
working Dutch windmill or a
recreated Bavarian village.
With its idyllic setting focused on the past and its
popularity with honeymoon couples of today, its
no wonder that Mackinac Island was chosen as the
location for the romantic 1980 movie Somewhere
in Time, starring the late Christopher Reeve as a
playwright staying at the Grand Hotel who travels back in time to woo
an actress, portrayed by Jane Seymour, whose portrait he has seen in
the hotel.
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Celebrate the Wright
Brothers first flight, tour the
International Space Station
and enjoy the amusing rides at
Kalamazoos Air Zoo.
2
Enjoy a drink or a meal of
Polish cuisine in Cross
Villages Legs Inn, a medieval-
looking stone, timber and
driftwood landmark building
set on a high bluff overlooking
Lake Michigan.
3
Go on a wine-tasting
adventure in a 19th-
century barn at Baroda,
located in the rolling hills of the
states south-western region
and offering wines, fruit
brandies and microbrews.
4
Take a scenic railway ride
at Owossos Steam
Railroading Institute. They may
even put you in the drivers seat
of the famed Polar Express!
5
Explore Thunder Bay
National Marine
Sanctuary and Underwater
Preserve. Located near Alpena,
it covers 448 square miles of
Lake Huron and more than 100
shipwrecks, spanning a
century of Great Lakes
shipping history.
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The magnificent Mackinac Bridge;
right: Detroits Motown Museum
Touring Mackinac Island's Knob Hill; right: theres great golf at Thunder Bay
For a real taste of the great outdoors, continue
over the Mackinaw Bridge to Michigans Upper
Peninsula which offers miles of open countryside
as well as state parks, which are particularly
appealing to hikers and backpackers.
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British freelance
writer Donald
Hiscocklived in
Michigan for several
years and loved it so
much that he frequently takes his
family back there for holidays.
GATEWAY FROM THE UK:
Detroit is served by British
Airways from London Heathrow
and by KLM/Northwest Airlines
from London Gatwick.
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SHOPPING
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For a start theres Minnesotas
magnificent Mall of America, the
largest shopping and entertainment
centre in the USA with 520 shops,
numerous restaurants and cinemas,
and the countrys largest indoor
family theme park. Not only is it
conveniently sited in Bloomington
between Minneapolis and Saint Paul,
its linked by light rail with both
Minneapolis and the Twin Cities
international airport, regularly served
by flights from London.
Then theres the treasury of shops
in and around both Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, both
located in a state, like Minnesota,
which has no sales tax on clothing.
Downtown Philadelphia alone has
more than 2,000 department stores
and shops, including those in the
Gallery at Market East, America's
largest indoor urban shopping
centre. And King of Prussia, only a
half-hours drive away, claims to be
the nation's largest retail shopping
destination. In addition to
Pittsburghs downtown Golden
Triangle shopping areas theres the
new Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills 33
miles north-east of the city.
Chicagos North Michigan Avenue,
also known as the Magnificent Mile,
is a shopaholics dream, offering six
major department stores Saks,
Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus
among them as well as numerous
boutiques and designer showcases.
Theres more of the same on such
chic side streets as Oak Street, and
dont miss State Streets majestic, 10
storey Marshall Fields, the birthplace
of department stores (Gordon
Selfridge worked there before
establishing his grand emporium in
Londons Oxford Street).
In Indianas downtown
Indianapolis theres a choice of the
numerous shops in Circle Centre
mall, anchored by a popular
Nordstrom department store,
boutiques along trendy
Massachusetts Avenue and antique
shops in Fountain Square. And in
northern Indiana, as well as in other
Amish areas throughout the region,
you can find unique Pennsylvania
Dutch arts, crafts and foods.
Both Madison and Milwaukee,
Wisconsin offer unique shops in
picturesque areas. In Madison you
can browse and buy in the eclectic
speciality shops lining State Street
mall, which is sited between the
handsome State Capitol and the
University of Wisconsin. In Milwaukee
the place to go is the trendy and
historic Third Ward, a restored
warehouse district crammed with art
galleries, restaurants, outdoor cafes
and antique shops.
Visitors to Ohio will love
Columbuss Easton Center, which
offers not only shops but live
improvisation comedy dinner shows
at night; the Cleveland areas Aurora
Premium Outlets and new
retail/residential Crocker Park
complex, and Cincinnatis new
Cincinnati Mills. And if youre into
handcrafted pottery head for the
artisan shops around Zanesville and
Logan.
When in Detroit, visit Pure D Vinyl,
a clothing and record store that pays
homage to all things associated with
the motor-manufacturing city that
also inspired the popular Motown
sound. Then cruise through the three
main shopping areas: Greektown,
New Centre Place and The Riverfront
Shops.
And finally, if youre in a Christmas
mood, no matter what time of the
year, head straight for Bronners, the
worlds largest Christmas shop. Its
located in Frankenmuth, Michigan's
Little Bavaria, just an hour's drive
north of Detroit. The Christmas
presents you bring back to the UK
will make somebody happy, even if it
is the middle of August.
Shop until you drop in the Great Lakes region? You bet! Where else
can you find so many opportunities for retail therapy, such amazing
bargains particularly in the numerous discount outlet malls such
great exchange rates for your UK currency and, at some places,
absolutely no tax on clothing and shoes.
Minnesotas Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the USA
The Philadelphia areas huge King of
Prussia shopping mall
Chicagos North Michigan Avenue, also known
as the Magnificent Mile, is a shopaholics dream,
offering six major department stores
Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus among
them as well as numerous boutiques and
designer showcases.
GREAT LAKES
GREAT SHOPS
The state is huge, as large as
England and Scotland combined,
but with a mere five million
Minnesotans. So holidays here are
all about open roads, glorious
woodlands, endless forest, and
some of the nicest plus some of
the most entertaining
people on the
planet: just think
of cartoonist
Charles Peanuts
Schulz, writers F.
Scott Fitzgerald and
Garrison Keillor,
singers Judy
Garland, Bob
Dylan and
Prince.
The main gateway, with direct
international flights from Europe, is
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, two friendly
neighbours across the Mississippi
River from one another, which have
been dubbed the Twin Cities.
Minutes from the airport is one of
Americas biggest tourist
attractions, the Mall of America in
Bloomington. With 520 stores, this
is a favourite weekend break
for British shoppers, who
also love Camp Snoopy,
Americas largest
indoor theme park,
complete with five thrill
rides. Linking
Minneapolis, the mall
and the airport is the
new Hiawatha Line
light rail transit
system.
Cosmopolitan Minneapolis is
spiked with skyscrapers, buzzes
with students and has a vibrant
music scene. Its wealth came from
great lakes of North america
A riverboat cruises down the Mississippi at Saint Paul
Spectacular High Falls; bottom: a Snoopy figure at
the Mall of Americas Camp Snoopy
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BY PAUL WADE
Minnesota is
nicknamed The
Land of 10,000
Lakes but the
true total is closer
to 15,000!
And thats not
counting the states
substantial
frontage, both on
one of the Great
Lakes, Superior,
and, for more than
500 miles, on the
legendary
Mississippi River.
You can step across
it at its birthplace in
Bemidji, but by the
time it gets to the
Iowa border its half
a mile across. So
with all this watery
wonder, its not
surprising that the
native Dakota
Indians named this
area Minnesota,
which in their
language means
sky-tinted water.
MINNESOTA
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
www.exploreminnesota.com
MINNESOTA STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Saint Paul
POPULATION: 4.9 million
SIZE: 79,548 square miles
NICKNAMES: North Star State
TIME OF STATEHOOD:
May 11, 1858
flour; mills here used to grind
enough to make 12 million loaves
of bread a day. Today, with more
than 100 theatres and more seats
per capita than any other US city
except New York, the performing
arts are huge; for instance, this is
where The Lion King premiered. Its
also the home of the acclaimed
Guthrie Theatre, which moves into
a new riverside home in 2006, and
of both the recently revamped
Walker Art Center and Minneapolis
Sculpture Garden, and the
Minneapolis Institute of Art.
By contrast, Saint Paul, the state
capital, is more demure, with its own
art and science museums, a
cathedral and neighbourhoods of
handsome Victorian homes, brick
sidewalks and wrought iron railings.
The Minnesota Childrens Museum is
outstanding, while the annual Winter
Carnival (January 27 February 5,
2006) is the oldest and largest in the
USA, with ice castles, a snow queen
and even car races on ice.
AN OUTSTANDING
GREAT OUTDOORS
But it is Minnesotas endless and
unspoiled great outdoors that is such
a pleasure. You wont find more
dramatic views than along the North
Shore Scenic Drive. This 154-mile
route from Duluth to Grand Portage
near the Canadian border is wedged
between the Sawtooth Mountains
and Lake Superior. On the rocky
coast, stop to see the tumbling
waters at Gooseberry Falls and
photograph cliff-top lighthouses
with evocative names such as Split
Rock. Deep in the Midwest, the lake is
like an inland ocean, flecked with
sailing boats. And in the autumn
(known in America as fall), the trees
change colour with a fiery flourish.
Another magnificent drive is the
Great River Road, running 575 miles
alongside the Mississippi and one
of Americas prestigious National
Scenic Byways.
In the north-east, on the border
with Canada, there seem to be
more lakes than there is land.
Voyageurs National Park, 300 miles
north of the Twin Cities, is the only
water-based National Park in the
USA. And further to the east, in the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness, you can follow 1,500
miles of canoe trails through 1,300
lakes free of motorised craft. The
pleasures of paddling a canoe or
fishing for giant northern pike really
are timeless. Most visitors to
Voyageurs National Park go
between May and August to bike,
camp, fish and hike, but those in
the know reckon that autumn is
best, when canoeists can enjoy the
fall colours with fewer visitors and
few insects.
Also, take time to delve into
Minnesotas past. For centuries,
American Indians of all nations
harvested pipestone from the
quarry at the Pipestone National
Monument in south-western
Minnesota. And the Ojibwe have
two important sites: the Mille Lacs
Indian Museum (north of the Twin
Cities) and the Grand Portage
National Monument (near the
Ontario border). The arrival of
European settlers and early pioneer
days are recalled at Saint Pauls
impressive Historic Fort Snelling.
Minnesotans have mixed feelings about the double
Oscar-winning Fargo. Everyone, however, is looking
forward to the 2006 release of A Prairie Home
Companion its name inspired by the popular local
radio show hosted by humourist Garrison Keillor.
Directed by Robert Altman and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Woody
Harrelson and Keillor himself, the film was mostly shot in downtown
Saint Pauls Fitzgerald Theater where the radio show is performed.
1
Stroll past the 1.2 million-
gallon aquarium in
Bloomingtons Mall of
America. Its home to
everything from sharks and a
giant octopus to Minnesota
walleye, muskies and catfish.
2
Visit Minneapoliss
excellent, interactive Mill
City Museum for great views
of the city and an
introduction to its flour-
milling heyday.
3
Attend one of Garrison
Keillors live radio
broadcasts of APrairie Home
Companion at various
venues throughout the
Minneapolis/ Saint Paul area.
4
Board a wanigan, or
floating cook shack, at
Grand Rapids Forest History
Center. It will provide insight
into the days when logs and
men floated down the
Mississippi to the sawmills.
5
Turn up in Hibbing for
Bob Dylan Days in May,
when you can join the town
folk and visiting fans for a
week-long birthday bash
centred on Zimmys bar and
grill (inspired by Dylans real
name, Bob Zimmerman).
MINNESOTA
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The Split Rock Lighthouse overlooking
Lake Superior
Minneapoliss landmark spoon and
cherry sculpture
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GATEWAY FROM THE UK :
Minneapolis/Saint Paul
International Airport is
served by KLM/Northwest
Airlines from London Gatwick
via Detroit (direct service may
be reintroduced for the peak
season 2006) and by Icelandair
from London Heathrow and
from Glasgow, both via
Reykjavik, during most of
the year.
Prolific, award-
winning London
freelancer Paul
Wade frequently
visits his American
relatives in Minnesota.
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Cosmopolitan
Minneapolis is spiked
with skyscrapers, buzzes
with students and has a
vibrant music scene.
Say Ohio to an American, and up pop
visions of sport, from gridiron football to
golf. Ohio State University football
games are sell-outs, with crowds of more
than 100,000, while golfs Golden Bear,
living legend Jack Nicklaus, is an Ohioan.
Ohio has examples of everything that
made the United States what it is, from
presidents and inventors to artists and
writers. No wonder there is cutting-edge
space technology here as well as the
best roller coasters on the planet let
alone the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Museum.
Start with Cincinnati, down in the
south-west corner, on the banks of
the broad Ohio River. Nicknamed the
Queen City, it flourished on river
trade, and you can still stand on the
levee, waiting for a real paddle
steamer such as the Delta Queen. At
nearby Paramounts Kings Island, you
can challenge your kids to ride the
USAs longest wooden roller coaster,
The Beast. But do it before you sip
your brew in German-style beer
gardens and order Cincinnatis
favourite dish: a mild chili served
three, four, or five ways, piled with
spaghetti or onions or beans or the
lot!
With the southern state of Kentucky
just over the water, slavery was an issue
in Cincinnati in the 19th century. At the
new National Underground Railroad
Freedom Center, you can learn about
the debate and war that tore America
apart some 140 years ago. Then visit the
former home of Harriet Beecher Stowe,
the author of Uncle Toms Cabin. So
moved was she by the tales she heard
here, that she incorporated some of
them in her book, particularly the true
story of how a slave she called Eliza
dramatically escaped to freedom across
the frozen Ohio River.
Where is the best theme park in the
world? Many argue it is in Sandusky, in
northern Ohio. Here, on the shore of
Lake Erie, Cedar Point has received that
accolade not once, but for eight years in
a row. What's more, the Millennium
Force and Top Thrills Dragster, along
with Cedar Point's other thrill rides, offer
some of the fastest, tallest and scariest
rides in the universe.
CLEVELANDS
ROCKNROLL TRIBUTE
An hour to the east, Cleveland has
blossomed as a destination for pop
music lovers, thanks to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum. This opened
in 1995, some 40 years after disk jockey
Alan Freed popularised the term rock n
roll on local radio station WJW. He played
black music that caught on with white
audiences ... and the rest is living history.
The dramatic glass and steel museum is
chock-full of memorabilia such as Jimi
Hendrixs guitar and John Lennons
mock-military Sergeant Pepper uniform.
Next door, kids of all ages explore the
Great Lakes Science Center, with its six-
storey domed screen OMNIMAX theatre.
The city also boasts world-class classical
culture, with a fine Museum of Art
Long known as the Buckeye State, thanks to its
once-numerous chestnut (buckeye) trees, Ohio
really is the All-American State. Set between
Lake Erie to the north and the broad swing of the
Ohio River along its southern border, its a land
of farms as well as industry, with a population of
diverse races and backgrounds.
THE ALL-
AMERICAN STATE
OHIO
Cedar Point on Lake Erie is renowned for its roller coasters
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BY KATHY ARNOLD
www.discoverohio.com
OHIO STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Columbus
POPULATION: 11,353,140
SIZE: 40,952.6 square miles
NICKNAMES: Buckeye State
TIME OF STATEHOOD:
March 1, 1803
great lakes of North america
(where admission is free) and the
renowned Cleveland Symphony
Orchestra.
Ohio and aeroplanes go together.
Two years ago Dayton celebrated the
centenary of an achievement that
changed the way we live. In 1904, a
couple of brothers, who were engineers
and also ran a bicycle shop, decided that
flying was a better way to travel. They
were the Wright Brothers, inventors of
the aeroplane. Their 1905 Wright Flyer III,
the first plane that could actually
manoeuvre in the air, is the main
attraction at Daytons Carillon Historical
Park. On the edge of town, at the Wright-
Patterson air base, The National Museum
of the United States Air Force keeps
aviation fans happy for hours, with more
than 300 missiles and aircraft from the
Wright Brothers to the present day.
Ohio natives like to travel in style:
John Glenn, later a US Senator, was the
first American in space orbit, while
fellow-Ohioan Neil Armstrong was the
first man on the moon. In the Armstrong
Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta,
north-west of Columbus, you can see a
moon rock that Armstrong collected
after his size 9 left boot made that one
small step for mankind. Ohioans are an
inventive lot, dreaming up everything
from disposable nappies to Formica.
But the greatest inventor of them all
was born in a brick cottage in Milan, near
Lake Erie. Fronted by a low, white picket
fence, Thomas Edisons modest
birthplace has family photographs
and, next door, models of his inventions,
which ranged from the electric light to
the phonograph and talking pictures.
And, your guide could well be one of his
great-great-great-grand-nieces!
This is a land of four distinct seasons.
Summers are long and hot, ideal for the
annual county fairs (88 of them!) as well
as for roadside stands laden with the
sweetest corn on earth. In the autumn,
the leaves turn gold and scarlet, while
bright orange pumpkins, carved for
Halloween, decorate porches. Winter
can be cold, with a couple of heavy
snowfalls; spring is a concentrated
jumble of colour, not a long, slow
progression as in England.
Down in the south are the pretty
Hocking Hills, rolling along the Ohio
River. But some of the undulations in
the states landscape are man-made.
Long before Europeans arrived, the
local Native Americans had a
structured civilisation that has left some
10,000 burial mounds. One of the
largest and best-preserved in the USA
is the 2,500 year-old Serpent Mound,
some 90 minutes east of Cincinnati.
Most impressive from the air, this 20-
foot wide and five-foot high bank of
earth snakes its way through trees for
some 440 yards.
Also giving an insight into a past way
of life are the 35,000 members of the
worlds largest Amish community.
Located between Columbus and
Cleveland, most of them are farmers, but
the community also includes fine
woodworkers and cabinet-makers. Visit
the region to see horse-drawn buggies
and wagons and farmers working
without modern machinery. Men wear
black, wide-brimmed hats; women still
wear white bonnets. They all have
hearty appetites, as youll see from the
portions at any Amish restaurant.
And what about Columbus, the state
capital? A favourite spot is the turn-of-
the-century, red-brick German Village,
with its trendy art galleries and
restaurants. Other highlights include the
hands-on COSI, Ohios Center of Science
and Industry, and the fine Museum of
Art. And out on the Statehouse lawn are
monuments that proudly
commemorate famous Ohio sons,
including four of the seven US
Presidents born in the state, all of whom
were proud to be a Buckeye!
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Sit under the stars in Chillicothe,
watching Tecumseh!, a drama
about an 18th-century American
Indian chieftain. It finishes with the
Shawnee leader, on horseback,
silhouetted against the moonlit sky.
2
Join a thrilling Italian Job-type
car chase at Cincinnatis
Paramounts Kings Island. Your
vehicle will be a fast-track coaster.
3
View memorabilia from guitar-
great Buddy Guy, the
Pretenders and U2, all 2005
inductees to Clevelands Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
4
Experience real Americana by
attending the annual Ohio State
Fair in Columbus its reputedly still
the biggest in America.
5
Enjoy watery fun and palm trees
year-round at Sanduskys
Kalahari Waterpark Resort. The
states largest indoor waterpark
covers 80,000 square feet of wet and
wild fun, including indoor surfing on
the patented Flow Rider.
OHIO
An Amish farmer on the way to market
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Long resident in the
UK, award-winning
travel writer Kathy
Arnold was born in
Columbus, Ohio.
The superb 1994 Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim
Robbins and Morgan Freeman as fellow prisoners who
redeem themselves through an unlikely friendship,
was shot in Mansfields Ohio State Reformatory. Oscar-
winning Ohio film stars and directors include Clark
Gable, Paul Newman, Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg. Martin Sheen, who
portrays the US president in TVs popular West Wing series is also from Ohio.
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GATEWAY FROM THE UK
AND IRELAND: Continental
Airlines provides summer flights to
Cleveland International Airport in
the north of the state from London
Gatwick and Delta Air Lines
provides year-round service from
London Gatwick to
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
International Airport to the south.
Continental also offers connections
from Dublin and Shannon to
Cleveland over Newark, New Jersey.
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Discover a simple and charming side of American culture
when you watch an Amish community come together for a
barn raising. Or feel the power of
the past when you sit in a basement
that housed escaped slaves on the
Underground Railroad. Take a trip
back in time down the Ohio River
on a Mark Twain era sternwheeler.
Experience the thrill of a racing
enthusiast's need for speed at the
Honda Racing School. Or cast your line in hopes of reeling
in the big one when you charter a fishing adventure on
beautiful Lake Erie. And, of course, no trip would be
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He doubtless would still feel right at
home in Elfreths Alley, the oldest
continuously-occupied street in the
USA, at Independence Hall where he
was a guiding light to Americas
founding fathers, and at the numerous
local establishments he helped to
found such as the American
Philosophical Society (today boasting
more than 200 Nobel Prize winners),
the Pennsylvania Hospital (the first
public hospital in America) and the
prestigious University of Pennsylvania.
He also would be amazed, possibly
amused, by the numerous likenesses
of his folksy visage that adorn the city.
Although his home at Franklin Court
has long since disappeared, he would
be interested in the sites museum
dedicated to his lifetime achievements
as well as in The
Franklin Institute
Science
Museums
Bens
Electrical
Spectacular exhibition. After all, he was
the inventor of the lightning rod
among other things we now take for
granted.
You can imagine him fiddling with
the 21st-century technology at the
new National Constitution Center,
where a visitor can be sworn in on a TV
screen as the next president of the
USA, or even sitting down for a fusion
cuisine meal under a huge statue of
Buddha at the Buddakan restaurant
though rarely a churchgoer, he
believed in freedom of all religions
and, reputedly, loved good food and
wine.
As a well-travelled man who served
as a diplomat in both London and
Paris, Franklin probably would be
impressed by the great interstate
highways and scenic byways that now
span his state. Among them: Interstate
30, also known as The Lincoln
Highway, the first coast-to-coast
highway in the USA; Interstate 76,
Americas first modern toll road, and
Route 6, rated by National Geographic
as one of Americas most scenic drives.
Being an adventuresome fellow as
well, he might even borrow a Harley-
Davidson from the York motorcycle
factory in south-central Pennsylvania
and zoom off through Lancaster
County, admiring the Amish farmers
neat homes and impressive barns
while wondering why they still choose
to travel by horse and buggy.
Upon reaching vibrant skyscraper
Pittsburgh in south-western
Pennsylvania, he would be impressed
by its dramatic setting and its three
outstanding museums the Carnegie
Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol
Museum and the recently expanded
Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
And as a musician who played four
instruments and was the inventor of
the glass armonica musical
instrument, he might also want to
If Americas own Renaissance Man, Benjamin Franklin, were to return to his adopted state
during his 300th birthday celebrations this year he would be mighty pleased not just with
the commemorations but with the fact that his adopted city of Philadelphia
and the surrounding state have turned out so well.
THROUGH BEN FRANKLINS EYES
PENNSYLVANIA
PENNSYLVANIA
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The Philadelphia skyline; below: a bust of Benjamin Franklin
Although his home at Franklin Court has long since
disappeared, he would be interested in the sites
museum dedicated to his lifetime achievements.
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BY SALLY MONTGOMERY
www.visitpa.com
PENNSYLVANIA STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Harrisburg
POPULATION: 12,200,000
SIZE: 45,000 square miles
NICKNAMES: The Keystone
State
TIME OF STATEHOOD:
Dec 12, 1787

attend a concert of the world-


renowned Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra.
Then he would be off again, this
time to the north-west for a visit to the
Lake Erie Maritime Museum and
perhaps for a paddle off the sandy
shores of Presque Isle State Park. After
all, as a man who charted the Gulf
Stream currents on his trips across the
Atlantic and who invented swim fins
(flippers), he should feel right a home
on the water. His role as a former
journalist and publisher might also
inspire him to look into the regions
newsworthy form of energy known as
black gold by visiting Titusville, where
Americas first oil well was drilled.
Heading back toward Philadelphia,
he would be relieved to learn at the
National Civil War Museum in
Harrisburg, the states capital, and
again at the Gettysburg National
Military Park, how the republic he
helped found survived a brutal mid-
19th-century Civil War and how
President Abraham Lincoln freed the
slaves. And, as one interested in
botany, he might also be tempted to
swing south past Philadelphia for a
quick look at some of the 11,000 kinds
of plants and the numerous
illuminated fountains in the 1,050-acre
Longwood Gardens.
But that still would leave so much
for Franklin to see before he retired to
his resting place in Philadelphias
Christ Church Cemetery. There are
the great forests of north-central
Pennsylvania with their elk, deer,
bears and bird life; the appealing
Pocono Mountain resorts to the
north-east, the charming Delaware
and Brandywine river towns and the
great Valley Forge Revolutionary War
battlefield to the south-east, and the
beautiful Southern Allegheny and
Laurel Highlands Regions in the
central and south-west regions. And
thats without even mentioning
those things that modern Americans
seem to particularly value
numerous golf courses, great
shopping malls, and theme parks
that would entertain their children
for hours. Franklin would just have to
come back again, perhaps on his
400th birthday.
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Can it really be 30 years since the first of the five Rocky films
burst across our screens starring an unknown Sylvester
Stallone as its prize-fighter hero? (And theres another one
in the pipeline!) Or for that matter, just over 20 years since
Harrison Ford, disguised as an Amish farmer, set out to
solve a murder in Witness? Both films have numerous associations with
Philadelphia. For instance, who can forget Stallones triumphant race up the
steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts or ignore his statue, inspired by
Rocky III, outside the First Union Spectrum sports and entertainment complex in
South Philly? And then there was the memorable 30th Street Station scene
where a young Amish boy, later befriended by Ford, witnesses the murder of an
undercover agent, not to forget the wonderful footage of traditional Amish life
around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which occupies most of the film.
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and Manchester and seasonal
service from Glasgow.
British Airways links London
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Strolling along Pittsburghs Allegheny River; right: Philadelphias Independence Hall


Although journalist
Sally Montgomery
now lives and works
in London, she has a
particular fondness
for Pennsylvania, the state then a
British colony to which her Scotch-
Irish ancestors emigrated in the early
18th-century.
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Celebrate Ben Franklins 300th
birthday by taking a walking
tour of his favourite sites in
Philadelphia (www.gophila.
com /itineraries) or by
attending some of the
entertaining 2006
commemorative events.
www.benfranklin300.org
2
Ascend Mount Washington
by incline railroad to
admire what USA Today praises
as one Americas most
spectacular views of
peninsula-sited Pittsburgh and
its three rivers, the Allegheny,
Monongahela and Ohio.
3
Learn more about the
interesting history and
unique lifestyle of the Amish
people on a Lancaster County
Farm and House Tour while
sampling their delicious food and
shopping for their
appealing crafts, particularly
handmade quilts
www.amishfarmandhouse.com.
4
Explore 1,000ft-deep, 50-
mile-long Pine Creek Gorge,
Pennsylvanias Grand Canyon
before continuing west to Lake
Erie along Route 6, one of
Americas most scenic byways.
5
Admire two of iconic
architect Frank Lloyd
Wrights masterpieces
Fallingwater, his only remaining
house with its setting, original
furnishing and artwork still
intact, and nearby Kentuck
Knob, both in the beautiful
Laurel Highlands, south-east of
Pittsburgh.
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PENNSYLVANIA
Before you visit, decide whether you
are more a city or outdoors type of
person. If the former, begin your visit
in southern Wisconsins lively
waterfront Milwaukee, the states
largest city, or in lovely, lakeside
Madison, its state capital. If the latter
particularly if you are into water
sports and wildlife watching head
first for northern Wisconsin.
The states rugged scenery is
defined by its two Great Lakes
Michigan to its east and Superior to
its north and by a western border
marked by the mighty Mississippi
River. There are also some 15,000
inland lakes, many scooped out by
the great Ice Age glaciers that
created a landscape ranging from
deep forests in the north to rich
prairie land and gentle dells to the
south.
Milwaukee has a wealth of
colourful waterfront areas. Its Lake
Michigan frontage is punctuated by
the sail-like roof structure of its
recently expanded Milwaukee Art
Museum, and by the new Pier
Wisconsin leading to Discovery
World the James Lovell Museum of
Science Technology and Economics
and the three-masted S/V Denis
Sullivan, a re-creation of a Great
Lakes schooner. The Milwaukee
Rivers RiverWalk, on the other hand,
is lined by restaurants, brewpubs,
nightclubs, shops and art exhibitions.
If youre also interested in the
visual and performing arts you
should head for the Historic Third
Ward Arts District, where converted
warehouses and new buildings
house theatres, an opera company,
art galleries and the Milwaukee
Institute of Art and Design. There are
even more opportunities to view
theatre and ballet as well as to
attend a concert of the Milwaukee
Symphony Orchestra in the
downtown theatre district. Known as
the City of Festivals, Milwaukee is
home to the eleven-day
Summerfest!, rated by the Guinness
World Records 2006 book as the
worlds largest music festival.
Founded in the 1840s by Germans
and known for its breweries, the city
also offers tours of the Miller Brewery
as well as of the local Harley-
Davidson factory and museum.
Other sights of note include the
Milwaukee Public Museum with its
acclaimed Butterfly Wing exhibits,
the William F. Eisner Museum of
Advertising and Design, the Boerner
Botanical Gardens and a zoo.
Madison has its own dramatic
setting on an isthmus between
two large lakes. Its dominated by the
majestic, domed State Capitol and
by the University of Wisconsin
campus sprawling on lakeside hills
and linked with the Capitol by State
Street. Great for people-watching,
this pedestrian-only promenade is
home not only to restaurants and
shops but to the new Overture
Center for the Arts, the Madison
Museum of Contemporary Arts and
the Madison Childrens Museum.
Nearby Spring Green is the site of
Taliesin, iconic architect Frank Lloyd
Wrights home, studio and school,
Wisconsin is a great state for visitors who love
fishing, boating, hiking and exploring wild and
wonderful outback country, as well as savouring
locally-brewed beer in colourful city pubs,
admiring (even riding) Harley-Davidson
motorcycles and cheering on one of Americas
most legendary professional football teams, the
Green Bay Packers.
WISCONSIN
WISCONSIN STATE FACTS
STATE CAPITAL: Madison
POPULATION: 5,453,450
SIZE: 56,138 square miles
NICKNAMES: The Badger State
TIME OF STATEHOOD:
May 29, 1848
Fishing on one of Wisconsin's 15,000 inland lakes
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and of the House on the Rock, a
stunning complex atop a high rock
outcrop. Its interior is nearly as
impressive as the exterior ,with an
awesome Infinity Room extending
218ft above the valley. Also in this
region are Lake Geneva, a 19th-
century resort known for its
millionaires mansions; the pretty
Wisconsin River town of Prairie du
Chien, founded by early French fur
traders; Baraboo, once the winter
home of the famous Ringling
Brothers circus and now the site of
the Circus World Museum, and the
surrounding Wisconsin Dells with
their numerous family attractions.
Central Wisconsin communities
range from picturesque Mississippi
River towns to Oshkosh renowned
as the site of the worlds largest
aviation event, EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh and industrial Green Bay,
founded in the 17th century by
French fur traders, Wisconsins oldest
community and best known for its
football team, the Green Bay Packers.
But it is northern Wisconsin a
land of lakes, rivers, waterfalls,
beaches, forests and islands that is
particularly attractive to those who
love the great outdoors. Lake
Superiors 21 Apostle Islands, most
easily reached by ferry from
mainland Bayfield, are known for
their stunning rock formations, sea
caves, beaches and six lighthouses
which can be seen by boat or by 50
miles of hiking trails. The 250 miles of
St. Croix Scenic Riverway is
wonderful for canoeing, wildlife
watching and hiking. And the
picturesque, 75-mile-long Door
County peninsula, jutting out into
Lake Michigan, boasts more state
parks (five), lighthouses (10) and
miles of shoreline (250) than any
other county in the USA. Among its
attractions are quaint villages,
numerous art galleries, scuba diving
among 19th-century shipwrecks,
sailing and sea kayaking.
Its also worth mentioning that
Wisconsin is home to the largest
number of Native American tribes
(11) east of the Mississippi River. The
majority of their 5,000 earthen
mounds (98 per cent of all those in
America) are found in central and
western Wisconsin; the Oneida
Nation hosts five-day tours of four
northern Wisconsin reservations
(www.oneidanation.org), and other
attractions include tribal museums
and festive pow-wows involving
food, arts and crafts, music and
dancing.
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Visit the elegant Ten Chimneys
estate of legendary stage actors
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine.
Located in Genesse Depot in south-
eastern Wisconsin (a short drive
from either Milwaukee or Chicago) it
was a frequent retreat for such stage
and screen luminaries as Katharine
Hepburn, Helen Hayes, Laurence
Olivier and Noel Coward.
www.tenchimneys. org
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Take a Waterfall Tour of north-
eastern Marinette County, the
Wisconsin Waterfall Capital,
located within an hour of Green Bay
and its interesting National
Railroad Museum.
www.marinettecounty.com/
waterfls.htm
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Learn about the late 19th-
century/early 20th-century
settlement of Wisconsin by Germans,
Swiss, Scandinavians, Irish and other
Europeans at Old World Wisconsin,
the Midwests largest outdoor
museum of rural life. Set on 600 acres
at Eagle, 35 miles from Milwaukee, it
includes more than 60 original
historic buildings.
www.wisconsinhistory .org
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Shop for Wisconsin cheeses,
other speciality food and fresh
fruit and vegetables at Milwaukees
new Public Market. Its set in the
historic Third Ward District, which is
alive with art galleries, antique
shops, cafs and restaurants.
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Kayak or canoe along the
Apostle Islands National
Lakeshore, known for its wealth of
stunning rock formations, sea
caves, unspoiled beaches and
historic lighthouses, or along the St.
Croix National Scenic Riverway, one
of the most picturesque and least-
developed areas of the Midwest
and also great for wildlife- and bird-
watching. For the Apostle Islands,
visit www.nps.gov/apis; for the
scenic riverway, www.nps.gov/
sacn/ index.htm
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The impressive recently-expanded Milwaukee Art Museum
Wisconsin is home to 11 Native
American tribes
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Virginia Blair, an
American outdoor
writer now living in
London, recently
visited Wisconsin for
the first time and returned full of praise
for its spectacular scenery, canoeing,
fishing and handsome men.
Madisons scenically-sited State Capitol and nearby
University of Wisconsin were backdrops for I Love Trouble,
a 1994 film starring Nick Nolte as a Pulitzer-Prize-winning
columnist and Julia Roberts as a cub reporter on the trail
of a corporate conspiracy story. More recently the same
sites have featured inLast Kiss, a film produced by former University of
Wisconsin student Tom Rosenberg , the Oscar-winning producer of Million
Dollar Baby and starring Zach Braff, who made a name for himself in the film
Garden State, with US TV actress Rachel Bilsen, Harold Ramis and Blythe Danner.
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GATEWAY FROM THE UK
AND IRELAND: Although there
are no direct flights from the UK
or Ireland into Wisconsin its key
destinations can be reached by
flights from the UK into Chicago
or Minneapolis/Saint Paul, which
are one to two hours drive away.
There are also direct flights from
Ireland into Chicago.
But it is northern
Wisconsin a land of
lakes, rivers, waterfalls,
beaches, forests and
islands that is
particularly attractive
to those who love the
great outdoors.
Day 1
ARRIVAL CHICAGO
Transfer to your Chicago hotel and
spend the afternoon discovering
the Windy City. This city offers
excellent cultural and sports
activities. This evening try a famous
Chicago-style pizza and afterwards
check out some of the many
famous Chicago Blues and Jazz
clubs.
Overnight: Chicago, Illinois
Day 2
CHICAGO TO MADISON
196 miles/312 km
Begin your morning with a walking
tour of Chicago, Illinois, noted for its
architecture, particularly around the
area known as the Loop. En route,
shop along the Magnificent Mile of
Michigan Avenue and stroll along
the Lakefront of Lake Michigan.
Then take in one of the best views
of the city from the top of the Sears
Tower Skydeck. In the afternoon
drive to Madison, the capital of
Wisconsin, enjoying beautiful
lakeside views along the way.
Overnight: Madison, Wisconsin
Day 3
MADISON TO
MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL
270 miles/432 km
Continue your travels across
Wisconsin, America's freshwater
playground, to the Twin Cities of
Minneapolis and Saint Paul,
Minnesota. Suggested stops along
the way include Baraboo, where
you can visit the Circus World
Museum, and the resort towns of
the Wisconsin Dells. Here boat and
amphibious duck tours of the
Wisconsin River offer magnificent
views of the Sandstone bluffs of the
Lower and Upper Dells.
Overnight: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Day 4
MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL
Take a morning tour to discover the
unique attractions of the Twin Cities
of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and
in the afternoon shop 'til you drop
at Bloomingtons famous Mall of
America. With more than 500
stores, 14 movie theatres, Camp
Snoopy, and Underwater
Adventures, there will be no
shortage of activities.
Overnight: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Day 5
MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL TO
GRAND RAPIDS
173 miles/279 km
Travel north through the Land of
10,000 Lakes to Grand Rapids,
Minnesota. Nestled in tall timber on
the western edge of the Mesabi
Iron Range, the city was not only
the birthplace of Judy Garland, but
is rich with the dual heritage of iron
mining and logging.
Overnight: Grand Rapids,
Minnesota
Day 6
GRAND RAPIDS TO ASHLAND
175 miles/280 km
Return to Wisconsin for Bayfield, the
gateway to the Apostle Island
National Lakeshore, a magnificent
natural wilderness region. A cruise
among the islands of Lake Superior,
the largest body of fresh water in
the world, will give you a
memorable and lasting impression
of this unspoiled area. Later, take a
ferry to Madeline Island, the largest
of the Apostle Islands, where you
can tour the old trading post and
Indian burial grounds.
Overnight: Ashland, Wisconsin
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TOUR ONE
THE GREAT LAKES FLY-DRIVE
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PENNSYLVANIA
Chicago
Detroit/
Dearborn
Madison
Minneapolis
Grand Rapids
Ashland
Marquette
St. Ignace
Cleveland
South Bend
Saint Paul
14 DAYS/13 NIGHTS Gateway: Chicago
INDIANA
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Madison, Wisconsins charming
State Capital
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Day 7
ASHLAND TO MARQUETTE
185 miles/298 km
Continue into Michigan and
explore the picturesque Keweenaw
Peninsula. See historic Fort Wilkens
and visit the Delaware Copper Mine
before travelling on via the L'Ansse
Indian Reservation to Marquette.
Overnight: Marquette, Michigan
Day 8
MARQUETTE TO ST. IGNACE
162 miles/261 km
Follow scenic State Road 28 to
Munising for a cruise past Lake
Superiors Pictured Rocks National
Lake Shore with its sandstone cliffs,
caves, arches and columns.
Afterwards drive to Tahquamenon
Falls State Park near Newberry to
view two striking waterfalls on the
Tahquamenon River and to
Paradise where you can visit the
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.
The Whitefish Point Lighthouse in
this Lake Superior Graveyard of
Ships is also open for tours. Then
take State Route 123 to St. Ignace.
Overnight: St. Ignace, Michigan
Day 9
ST. IGNACE
Take the ferry to spend the day on
Mackinac Island, a timeless resort
island of the 19th century where no
motor vehicles are allowed. Take a
horse-drawn carriage or rent
bicycles. Visit Fort Mackinac,
perched on a bluff overlooking the
harbour. Be sure to stop by the
Grand Hotel to enjoy the
magnificent view from the veranda.
Return to St. Ignace in the late
afternoon.
Overnight: St. Ignace, Michigan
Day 10
ST. IGNACE TO DETROIT
288 miles/461 km
Journey through Michigan to
Detroit and the Motor City, USA,
home of Motown. Stay in nearby
Dearborn, home of the Henry Ford
Museum and Greenfield Village, a
living history museum which
explores the industrial revolution
and achievements of famous
Americans such as the Wright
Brothers and Thomas Edison.
Overnight: Dearborn, Michigan
Day 11
DEARBORNTO CLEVELAND
140 miles/225 km
Make your way to the New
American City, Cleveland, and The
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum. In the evening enjoy one
of the many restaurants located in
the riverside Flats.
Overnight: Cleveland, Ohio
Day 12
CLEVELAND TO SOUTH BEND
260 miles/416 km
Drive to Indiana, the Hoosier State
to visit the Northern Indiana Amish
Community. Then continue to South
Bend, home of world-famous Notre
Dame University and home to one of
America's great industrial legacies,
the Studebaker Corporation.
Overnight: South Bend, Indiana
Day 13
SOUTH BEND TO CHICAGO
99 miles/158 km
Stop at the pristine Indiana Dunes en
route to Chicago. Spend your last
afternoon shopping along State
Street and Michigan Avenue before
your final evening of exciting
nightlife.
Day 14
DEPART FOR HOME
A cruise among the
islands of Lake
Superior, the largest
body of fresh water in
the world, will give you
a memorable and
lasting impression of
this unspoiled area.
Visit the twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Spend a memorable evening at Blue Chicago
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DAY 1
ARRIVAL CHICAGO
Spend your first night at a resort in
Chicagoland. Play a round of golf,
enjoy a spa or try your luck at a
casino.
Overnight: Chicagoland area
Day 2
CHICAGO
Spend the day touring Chicago's
many attractions such as the Adler
Planetarium and Astronomy
Museum and the Field Museum or
take a Chicago Architecture
Foundation cruise on the Chicago
River.
Overnight: Chicago, Illinois
Day 3
CHICAGO TO ELKHART
96 miles/160 km
Travel through Northern Indiana and
visit the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore Park. Then journey
through the back roads to Amish
Country.
Overnight: Elkhart, Indiana
Day 4
ELKHART TO GRAND HAVEN
128 miles/201 km
Depart for Holland where proud
Dutch heritage abounds. In May
you'll see millions of tulips in bloom
in preparation for the annual Tulip
Time Festival. Continue to Saugatuck,
a quaint artists' community and the
nationally recognized Oval Beach. A
trip out on the Star of Saugatuck will
offer you a view of the ghost town,
Singapore. Downtown Grand Haven
boasts unique shops and restaurants,
as well as nightly summer
performances of the World's Largest
Musical Fountain.
Overnight: Grand Haven, Michigan
Day 5
GRAND HAVEN TO PETOSKEY
223 miles/359 km
Travel up the coast of Lake Michigan
to Sleeping Bear Dunes, a
picturesque National Park. Time
permitting, take a side trip along the
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive near
Empire for a breathtaking view of
Lake Michigan. The trip north on US-
31 takes you through Elk Rapids,
Charlevoix and Bay Harbor, a new
community located on the southern
shore of Little Traverse Bay. Then, take
a quick jaunt to nearby Walloon Lake
where Ernest Hemingway spent his
childhood summers.
Overnight: Petoskey, Michigan
Day 6
PETOSKEY TO MACKINAC
ISLAND
36 miles/58 km
As you head north, stop off for a visit
in Harbor Springs. From here the
scenic M-119 Tunnel of Trees brings
you to Cross Village and the famed
Legs Inn Restaurant offering
authentic Polish cuisine, unique
architecture and spectacular views.
Once you arrive in Mackinaw City,
head for the Mackinaw Crossings and
Center Stage Theatre for a live
performance. Walk the streets in
search of maritime souvenirs and the
ultimate sweet treat: Michigan fudge.
The Mackinac State Historic Parks
operates three properties in
Mackinaw City, including Mill Creek,
Colonial Michilimackinac and Old
Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Take a
ferry to Mackinac Island, and enjoy a
horse-drawn carriage ride.
Overnight: Mackinac Island,
Michigan
Day 7
MACKINAC ISLAND TO
ESCANABA
147 miles/235 km
Cross the famous Mackinac Bridge to
Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Rising
nearly 200 feet above the ground is
Castle Rock, offering magnificent
views of the Straits of Mackinac. The
Museum of Ojibwa Culture is a
National Historic Landmark
portraying Native American life in this
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WISCONSIN
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
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MICHIGAN
PENNSYLVANIA
Chicago
Milwaukee
Escanaba
Door County
Mackinac Island
Grand Haven
Petoskey
Elkhart
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TOUR TWO
CIRCLE LAKE MICHIGAN TOUR
11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS Gateway: Chicago
Exploring the Indiana Dunes National
Seashore Park
area more than 300 years ago. Travel
through Gulliver to visit the "haunted"
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse &
Museum and on to Garden to view
the Fayette ghost town. In Escanaba,
find out more about what inspired
Michigans own Jeff Daniels to write,
direct and star in Escanaba in da
Moonlight, an hilarious film about
local guys on a hunting trip.
Overnight: Escanaba, Michigan
Day 8
ESCANABA TO DOOR COUNTY
142 miles/227 km
Follow the 125 miles of shoreline
around Menominee County. At the
heart of the community of
Menomonies historical downtown
district is the Great Lakes Memorial
Park Marina. It is dedicated to all
sailors of the Great Lakes who have
lost their lives since the Griffon, the
first sailing vessel on the lakes, was
lost on a voyage starting in Green Bay
waters in 1679. As you cross the state
line into Door County, you'll be
greeted by quaint communities with
unique shops and exceptional
restaurants. Stop by Al Johnson's
Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay to
see the goats grazing on the grass
roof. Door County is also home to
several wineries and tasting rooms.
Overnight: Door County, Wisconsin
Day 9
DOOR COUNTY
Spend the day relaxing and exploring
the quaint harbour towns of Door
County, where you'll find more miles
of shoreline, more lighthouses and
more state parks than any other
county in the nation. No trip here
would be complete without the
experience of a fish boil. This tradition
dates back to the Scandinavian
settlers and lumberjacks, and features
whitefish steaks, onions and potatoes
in salted water boiled in a huge pot
over an open fire.
Overnight: Door County, Wisconsin
Day 10
DOOR COUNTY TO MILWAUKEE
170 miles/272 km
Follow the Lake Michigan shoreline
south through Two Rivers home of
the Ice Cream Sundae to
Manitowoc. A visit to the Wisconsin
Maritime Museum offers you a
chance to tour an actual submarine,
the SS Cobia. In Milwaukee, try one of
the ethnic neighbourhood
restaurants in the City of Festivals.
The two biggest names in Milwaukee
are Harley-Davidson and Miller Beer.
Harley-Davidson's history dates back
to 1903, when the first motorcycle
built by William S. Harley and Arthur
Davidson rolled out. Miller Brewing
Company offers a free plant tour
which provides an up-close look at
the brewhouse, packaging centre
and historic caves.
Overnight: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Day 11
MILWAUKEE TO CHICAGO
92 miles/147 km
As you head south toward the
Windy City, be sure to stop off in
Racine and Kenosha before crossing
the state line into Illinois. If shopping
is your bag, plan a visit to Gurnee
Mills Mall, a shopping destination
located next to Six Flags Great
America. Or, stop in Woodfield,
Chicago's City in the Suburbs, for a
world-class shopping experience
before arriving at Chicago O'Hare to
depart for home.
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