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Lake Michigan Circle Tour

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 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: Darren Maier

Chief Meteorologist


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Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
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Day 1 : Lambeau Field & Fish Boil

We travel through the scenic Wisconsin countryside to Green Bay and tour storied Lambeau Field, home of Green Bay’s football team! Experience the rich history of railroads in America at the National Railroad Museum through a series of fascinating displays and actual railroad cars including the Big Boy and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s command car. We continue to picturesque Door County and check in for our stay in Sturgeon Bay. For this evening’s Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner we are guests at a fish boil, a scrumptious tradition from Door County’s Scandinavian settlers. The catch of the day is fresh Whitefish from Lake Michigan. We are invited to watch as it is prepared with potatoes and onions over an open fire! Enjoy delicious Door County cherry pie for dessert, a regional treat.

Lunch, Dinner

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, lighthouses, and 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. 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 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 lunch! This succulent feast includes garden fresh salads, savory cheeses, slow roasted meats, seafood, and 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 your 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.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Charlevoix

Begin the day with a tasty breakfast buffet on Mackinac Island before we return to the mainland by ferry. We travel south along the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline to the charming waterfront town of Charlevoix. Enjoy a guided tour of architect Earl Young’s “mushroom houses,” famously custom built to fit natural landscapes resulting in a fairytale appearance. Next, step back in time at the Music House Museum to explore a unique collection of rare antique musical instruments including nickelodeons, music boxes, and pipe organs. We arrive in Grand Rapids for a restful evening.


Day 6 : Chicago

Following 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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Return Home

Return home with fantastic memories of our wonderful tour around Lake Michigan.


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All transportation
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights in Sturgeon Bay
  • 2 nights on Mackinac Island
  • 1 night in Grand Rapids
  • 1 night in Chicago

Attractions & Highlights

  • Lambeau Field
  • National Railroad Museum
  • Door County
  • Peninsula State Park
  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
  • Fish Creek
  • Door Peninsula Winery
  • Door County Maritime Museum
  • Mackinac Bridge
  • Scenic ferry ride to/from Mackinac Island
  • Mackinac Island horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Scenic Lake Michigan shoreline
  • Charlevoix Mushroom House Tour
  • Music House Museum
  • Navy Pier
  • Chicago city tour

10 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Traditional Door County fish boil
  • Grand Luncheon at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Chicago

Tour Dates & Pricing


Price Per Person





Final Payment Date: 07/20/2023

Departure Cities

WEAU TV Pickup Locations:

Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02

Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office

Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza

Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05

Marshfield, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 71-01

MeNomonie, WI - AmericInn

Neillsville, WI - Russell's Of Neillsville

Onalaska, WI - Walmart Supercenter

Osseo, WI - McDonalds

Darren Maier

Darren has been WEAU’s chief meteorologist since March of 2011. He previously was the chief meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Lima, Ohio and has nearly 20 years of broadcast experience with more than 25 years as a professional meteorologist. He was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut (the home of Stanley Tools!), having lived much of his life in New England. A career change into broadcast meteorology prompted the move west and now he considers the Chippewa Valley home.

His passion for weather came at a fairly young age with some of the extreme weather events New England can bring, from nor’easters to hurricanes and it drove him to pursue a career in meteorology. He received his BS in atmospheric science from Central Connecticut State University and earned a certification in broadcasting from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In 2009 he earned the prestigious CBM certification (#363) from the American Meteorological Society which recognizes professional broadcast meteorologists for their technical competence and ability to provide informational and explanatory value in their weather forecasts. In 2018 & 2019 he won the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award for best weathercast in small market television.

While in Wisconsin he has covered the state’s longest track tornado on record, which was classified as an EF-3 when it tore through Barron County in May of 2017, and the EF-3 Wheaton tornado in September of 2019. He also got us through the record breaking winter of 2018-2019 which brought the all-time snowiest month (February) and season on record!

Even when Darren isn’t working he still has a habit of checking out the sky, day or night, as he also enjoys astronomy. When the weather is nice, his hobbies take him outdoors for photography, gardening, tennis and bike riding. He also has quite a video game collection for those inside days.

Darren has two children who have grown up in the Eau Claire school system and is also a fur-dad to a very cute pair of Shiba-Inus.

Join him and WEAU TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.