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Lake Micigan Drive

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Lake Micigan Drive

We love to explore America and using an excuse of needing to be in Indianapolis in late September, thought we might start in the Green Bay area and drive our way south along the lake, through Chicago, etc. We just can't seem to find much information on that coastal area that has pushed us to commit to spending a week or so doing that. Worth the trip? Must see towns, places to stay, interesting routes? Thanks for any and all help.

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It really depends on what your interests are. Door County, which is the peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan from Green Bay is a very popular vacation destination.

Sheboygan is about an hour south of Green Bay and is a nice town, not really small. There is great golf courses in the area. The PGA Championship was just held north of Sheboygan. West of Sheboygan is the smaller town of Plymouth. Kohler Andre State Park on Lake Michigan south of Sheboygan has pleasant, easy hikes thru sand dunes

Milwaukee is another hour south of Sheboygan. You could easily spend a few days in Milwaukee, again depending on your interests.

You might want to look at some web sites like www.travelwisonsin.com to get some ideas of what might interest you.

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Thanks!

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Door County, Green Bay, Port Washington

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Below is a link to the Lake Michigan Circle Tour website. I always see these signs around certain areas of town, as well as down in Racine. Planning your trip using this route may be an interesting way to incorporate the various towns that have already been mentioned by other posters. I've always wanted to do this route one day, just out of curiosity.

www.wisconsinhighways.org/other/lmct.html

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Definitely consider going up into Door County. We love taking the back roads along the lake from there down through Sheboygan, Lake Church and into Port Washington. Manitowoc and Algoma have some interesting restaurants and of course Green Bay has Lambeau Field. Is it The Riveriera, no but a pleasant drive.

We did something similar along the Atlantic Coast from Savannah to Florida and enjoyed it. The same thing along the Gulf from Tallahassee to Appalachicola and into Destin wasn't. I'd say you'd enjoy it if you're into small, interesting discoveries. The drive along Hwy LS north of Haven (Whistling Straits) is striking.

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I'd spend a couple days in Door County and then start driving along the lake . I think a week from Green Bay to Chicago will be a bit much, unless you really like middle American small towns.

Maritime Musseum in Manitowoc may be worth a stop.

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If you follow the advice (which I agree with) on focusing your time in Door County, allowing maybe a night in Green Bay to see Lambeau etc., you may only need one more night on the road to Indy, maybe two if you want to see more of Chicago or Milwaukee. You could spend the night in Sheboygan, Port Washington or better yet, Milwaukee or Sheboygan.

There are things to see, but I'd say many of them are more of a 30 minute to two hour stop in the Green Bay to Milwaukee stretch. In Belgium, south of Sheboygan they just opened a Luxembourg museum, Manitowoc's Maritime museum is worth a stop, in Algoma Cafe T'Lazo has really good food and desserts (not diner, think European Cafe), Sheboygan has a nice little Art Museum, the Kohler Design Center is worth a stop etc.

You get the idea, there are things a long the way, you just need to decide fi you want lots of little stops or more time in one area. The drive itself will be quite nice and depending when you'll be there in September, there may even be some color. We go to Door County about the first of October every year, and it's usually either just starting or near peak.

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I think you will have a great time and there are lots of great stops to savor and the weather should be outstanding. Start as others said in Door County for at least 1-2 days there are approximately 7 sate parks on the door peninsula with pretty views and hikes.

We love lighthouses and this whole coast has so many to see. Pumpkins will becoming in as well as apples in the orchards in door county.

Going south from door county a short stop in algoma to taste at the winery and see the red lighthouse on the pier. Travelling south to Poin beach state park which has Avery nice sandy beach and the tall steel skeletal Rawley point lighthouse. Further south to maitowoc. A cute lighthouse, the maritime museum has a world war 2 submarine you can tour and stop for homemade

candy at bernsteens candy store . A half hour further south is Haven and the stunning Whistling Straits golf course. Grab a bowl of soup in restaurant which is open to the public. Look in their gift shop and overlook that first hole.

Another half hour south is Port Washington. If you call ahead to the historical society you could arrange a tour of the 1860 lighthouse. The port there is still active for charter sport fishing -watch them come in and clean their catches. Grab a cup of coffee at Smith Bros coffee shop. Leaving port going south along the lakefront stop at Lion's Den County park for a stroll above the high bluffs here in graft on. Travel a few ,miles inland and stay the night in cedarburg. Lots of gift and antique shops and plenty of coffee shops too. Stay at the historic Stagecoach Inn or the wahington house Inn. Consider a halfday trip further inland to see Holy Hill Basilica and beautiful views of farm country , wild turkey and deer .

Returning east to theLake Michigan Lakeshore drive past all the beautiful mansions in Fox Point and Whitefish Bay. Stop in Whitefish Bay at Kopp's custard for delicious flavor of the day. Entering Milwaukee on the lakefront you come to Lake Park. Designed by Olmsted who planned New York's Central Park. Take a stroll past the Northpoint lighthouse.

Spend a day in Milwaukee. The art museum is stunning architecturally even if you skip the modern art, you can look around inside the foyer area by shopping in the gift shop or having a coffee in the snack shop. Spend an hour or 2 at the Harley Davidson Museum. Take the free beer tours at miller brewery . Don't forget a photo op with the Bronze Fonz statue along the Milwaukee Riverwalk. Spend an hour strolling on the Marquette University campus. They have a nice little art museum and don't miss the Joan of Arc Chapel moved brick by brick from France. Stay the night at the Iron Horse hotel with it's Harley theme.

Get back on the highway. Drive south to Racine. Be sure to sample the Kringle . See if the SCJohnson Wax headquarters is open that day for tours it was designed by Frank Lloyd wright. Racine also has a free little public zoo. Slip off your shoes and walk along in the sand of the beach in Racine. Further south to Kenosha some great little museums, more lighthouses. Take a detour for a tour of jellyBelly factory and free samples.

Crossing into Illinois a must see is the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette on beautiful gardens.

enjoy your trip

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