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Mackinac Island at dusk
Mackinac Island carriage tour
Door County Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
"Harbor View Sunrise" Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Bridge
Chicago Navy Pier
Lambeau Field Green Bay
Departs: September 14th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Experience the beauty of Lake Michigan and scenic locales in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois including two nights on Mackinac Island. Begin with a tour of Lambeau Field and the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Next we arrive in Door County, the Cape Cod of the Midwest, for a classic Wisconsin fish boil, a tour of the famous Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park, and more. Travel through Michigan's Upper Peninsula for two nights in delightful Mackinac Island. Explore this one-of-a-kind destination by horse-drawn carriage and enjoy free time at leisure. Complete the circle around Lake Michigan back in Chicago for a tour of the Windy City before we return home.
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Hosted By: Marcia Lense
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Day 1 : Lambeau Field & Fish Boil
We begin the journey traveling by motorcoach through scenic Wisconsin countryside to Green Bay for a tour of Lambeau Field, home of Green Bay’s football team!
We continue to picturesque Door County for two nights in Sturgeon Bay.
This evening we are guests at a fish boil, a tradition of Door County’s Scandinavian settlers. The catch of the day, fresh Whitefish from Lake Michigan, is prepared with potatoes and onions over an open fire as we watch!
Day 2 : Door County
Enjoy a full day discovering Wisconsin’s Door County, the Cape Cod of the Midwest. Door County has more miles of shoreline, more lighthouses, and more state parks than any other county in the United States. Wave battered cliffs, sun kissed beaches, wooded retreats, quaint farms, and lush orchards await us.
Travel into Peninsula State Park to tour the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and view the beautiful woodland and scenic shoreline within the park.
We travel into Peninsula State Park to tour the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and view the beautiful woodland and scenic shoreline within the park.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore the charming waterfront community of Fish Creek, and afterward, visit Door Peninsula Winery for a true taste of Door County.
Located along Sturgeon Bay’s busy waterfront, the Door County Maritime Museum highlights the area’s intriguing maritime roots. We explore the unique exhibits and learn about the rich shipping and fishing industries of the area.
Day 3 : Mackinac Island
This morning we depart Sturgeon Bay and travel through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our route passes through evergreen forests, hardwood forests, and along portions of Lake Michigan’s scenic shoreline. Soon we approach the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Here we drive across the Mackinac Bridge, one of the largest suspension bridges in the world. The bridge opened in 1957 and connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas.
At the southern end of the bridge is Mackinaw City where we board a high-speed ferry for our crossing to Mackinac Island.
This charming island is three miles long by two miles wide and transportation on the island is limited to carriage, bike, horse, or foot!
Our accommodations for the next two nights are at the Chippewa Hotel Waterfront on Mackinac Island.
Day 4 : Tour by Carriage
We depart our hotel this morning in horse drawn carriages for a tour of Mackinac Island. The island’s Victorian architecture recalls a time of days gone by.
Our carriage tour ends at the elegant Grand Hotel for a sumptuous Grand Buffet! This succulent feast includes garden fresh salads, savory cheeses, slow roasted meats, seafood, and more than 20 varieties of fresh baked pastries.
After lunch there is time to unwind and enjoy the marvelous views of the Straits of Mackinac from the rocking chairs on our hotel’s 660-foot porch. You may also browse several interesting areas of the hotel that are open to the public. The afternoon is free to relax, sightsee on our own, or visit historic sites. You may choose to visit Fort Mackinac where costumed guides, memorabilia and original buildings recall military life during the War of 1812. Tonight we enjoy our second evening on the island.
Day 5 : Traverse City
Begin the day with a tasty breakfast buffet on Mackinac Island before we return to the mainland by ferry.
We board our motorcoach in Mackinaw City and continue along the scenic shoreline and picturesque towns along Lake Michigan’s eastern lakefront.
Enjoy time in beautiful Traverse City. Step back in time at the Music House Museum to explore a unique collection of rare antique musical instruments includes nickelodeons, music boxes, and pipe organs.
We continue to Grand Rapids for a restful evening.
Day 6 : Chicago
Following our included breakfast we head south towards the Windy City.
A relaxing drive brings us to Navy Pier in the heart of Chicago’s lakefront.
There is time for lunch on the pier before a local guide joins us to view many of Chicago’s famous landmarks.
After settling into our hotel, we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 7 : Return Home
We return home by motorcoach, long remembering our adventures in the Upper Midwest.
September 14th, 2020 - September 20th, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 07/16/2020
KWQC TV Pickup Locations:
Davenport, IA - Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Maquoketa, IA - AmericInn (formerly Centerstone Inn & Suites)
Rock Falls, IL - Walmart
Marcia Lense has been working at KWQC TV6 as an anchor and producer on evening and morning newscasts since 1988. Currently, she is anchoring and producing the News at Noon and serving as Executive Producer.
She is an Illinois native and graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Mass Communications. She gathered experience at stations across the Midwest, including WIFR TV in Rockford, Illinois, KCRG TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and WQAD, Moline.
Marcia has earned numerous honors from various news organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press for investigative, documentary and public affairs reporting, and for producing special programs. Two of Marcia’s innovative programs were nominated for Emmys.
She also co-anchored the “Number One Rated Early Evening Local News” in the country in 1991 and again in 1993.
Marcia has been active in promoting her Alma Mater, Western Illinois University, as past president of the Quad Cities Alumni Club, past member of the WIU Alumni Council and WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication Alumni Board. In 2004, Marcia received the WIU Alumni Achievement Award for excellence in professional and community endeavors.
Marcia is also active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors for Churches United which supports 24 food pantries and a domestic violence shelter. She also has served on several school, church, library, and neighborhood boards and committees.
Marcia is married and has three daughters. In her free time, Marcia enjoys entertaining, exercise, skiing, boating and spending time with the family.
Join Marcia and other KWQC viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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