Registration is now open for the 2019 Great Lakes tour. The tour includes 21 days, 2175 miles, 3 Great Lakes (Michigan, Superior and Huron), 4 boat rides, 2 people ferries, and one car/passenger ship. It will be a fantastic Model A driving tour. Dates are September 23 to Oct 14, a perfect time to view fall colors in upper Michigan and Wisconsin.
The path will include mostly rural and two lane roads ideal for Model A driving. Most are designated scenic roads by Wisconsin or Michigan. Many run directly along the shoreline. Tour organizer Marcus Cunnick reports that cell service should available for the entire adventure.
To register, download the Registration Form. It includes information about costs and due dates. You must be a member of the Model A Touring Club to register. If you are not a member, please visit our Membership Page .
Monday, September 23, 2019. West Allis, WI. Arrive, relax, unload. Hampton Inn.
Tuesday, September 24. Kick off dinner at Kegeles, since 1924. Authentic German Beer hall and restaurant.
Wednesday, September 25. Morning tour of the Miller Brewing Company Headquarters and then afternoon / early evening a Milwaukee boat sightseeing tour on Lake Michigan, rivers, Harbors, Milwaukee history and architecture. Dinner on your own
Thursday, September 26. On the road (19 miles) to Menominee Falls, WI to the Harley Davidson V-Twin Factory for a hard toe tour…Up close scenes of the assembly lines, powder coating, machining… then on the road 119 miles to the Wisconsin Dells and the Wolf Lodge. The Dells is one of the largest tourist areas in the Midwest. Shop and visit. Dinner is on our own.
Friday, September 27. Today is a mini circle tour to the Carr Cheese factory to view the cheese making process up close. Known throughout the Midwest for their cheddar cheese, they promise us a lot of free samples. Lunch will be on our own then off to Baraboo, WI to visit the Circus World Museum. One of the two top circus museums in the United States with the history of the Ringling Brothers family and the circus itself. Back to the Wolf Lodge and then off to a group dinner at the Paul Bunyan Cook Shanty for a lumberjack meal. Total mileage for the day is appx 70 Miles.
Saturday, September 28. 60 miles to Warrens Wisconsin, the Cranberry Capitol of
the World. Get an up close look at how cranberries are harvested on the guided marsh tour bus. We will have some premium parking and display our cars during the visit. The Cranberry fest is not only cranberries, it also includes the largest craft show and flea market (1400 Booths) in the United States. This sleepy little town of 363 people will welcome close to 160,000 visitors during the 3 day weekend. Spend as much time as you like. Following our cranberry tours and shopping we head out on the road again for a quick 51 miles to Wisconsin Rapids. Dinner on our own.
Sunday, September 29. Today is an easy driving day through the Wisconsin forests
to Ashland, WI on the south shores of Lake Superior. Total Mileage 210. Dinner is on
Monday, September 30. 23 miles to start things off and then a 3 hour cruise on
Lake Superior, to and within the Apostle Islands. A narrated and informative 55 mile
cruise, sea caves, lighthouses, and marine wildlife. Lunch on our own and then a quick drive over to Silver City, Michigan, 104 miles.
Tuesday, October 1. Drive 173 miles to Munsing, MI. Relax, have an early dinner on your own and then we will take a relaxing sunset cruise on Lake Superior along the
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 32 miles of beautiful colored cliffs.
Wednesday, October 2. We will drive 102 miles to Whitefish Point to visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The Edmund Fitzgerald lies a less than 20 miles off shore in 530 feet of water. Following the visit to the museum we will travel to Sault Ste Marie, MI (72 miles) and enjoy a dinner cruise on board our boat while locking through with the big freighters from Lake Huron to Lake Superior.
Thursday, October 3. We will travel 59 miles and then up and over the Mackinaw Bridge (Longer but only 18 feet shorter than the Golden Gate Bridge) to Mackinaw, MI. From here we abandon our cars, (as none are allowed on Mackinac Island) jump on a ferry to Mackinac Island. Shop, explore, enjoy the rest of the day. Dinner on our own.
Friday, October 4. We will have a carriage tour of the Island and end up at the Grand Hotel for lunch. Sit and enjoy the worlds longest porch. Following lunch…maybe rent a bicycle or tandem and take a ride around the island…Only 8 miles. Dinner tonight on our own.
Saturday, October 5. We will take the ferry back off the island… recover our cars and drive 224 miles (our second longest day) to Bay City, Michigan. Dinner on our own.
Sunday, October 6. Today we will drive 69 miles to the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse for a tour of the light and the light keepers house. One of the last working lighthouses on the Great Lakes. The lighthouse staff and museum staff will provide us with a BBQ luncheon on the grounds next to the lake shore. Following lunch we will travel an additional 188 miles to Frankenmuth, MI. An entire town devoted to Bavarian style architecture and its German roots. It is also home to the WORLDS LARGEST CHRISTMAS STORE (And they aren’t just a kidding) We will have a group dinner that night at the Bavarian Inn. Today is our longest day, we will have to keep moving along.
Monday, October 7. We will drive to Chesterfield Michigan (suburb of Detroit) for lunch at the private Stahl’s Automotive (big buck and fabulous cars) Museum. We will be entertained during lunch by the music of a 1500 pipe theater organ. After lunch we tour the museum and then will travel the next 49 miles to Livonia, MI where we will spend the next two nights. Dinner is on our own.
Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. We will be touring (hopefully by mini tour bus) to the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Rouge Plant, Assembly plant for the F-150 Pick-up and the Picquette Plant… the original Ford factory built in 1904 and the birthplace of the Model T. Time permitting we will travel to Eleanor and Edsel Fords home and the grave site of Henry Ford.
Thursday, October 10. Today is an easy driving day over to Battle Creek, Michigan… 104 miles. They no longer have tours of the Kellogg Cereal Plant or the Post Cereal Plant. Relax as we are off the road again until tomorrow.
Friday, October 11. We will start the day with a short drive over to Hickory Corners, MI and the Gilmore Car Museum. It is home to the Model A Museum (the largest in the world), a vintage diner, various period displays and over 300 vintage autos and motorcycles. No Junk Here… It is unbelievable!… Following our visit to Hickory Corners we will have an easy and scenic drive of 147 miles to Ludington, Michigan on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Dinner on our own.
Saturday, October 12. 9:00 a.m. sharp (or the boat will sail without you) we will board (with our cars) the USS Badger, the last coal fired ship / ferry still sailing the Great Lakes. It is a 4 hour crossing on Lake Michigan between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI. Once docked we will still have an 83 mile drive to Door County, WI and will have a group dinner… an authentic “Fish Boil” at the Old Post Office Inn.
Sunday, October 13. We will head back south to Green Bay, Wisconsin (67 Miles) and tour Lambeau Field… home of the Green Bay Packers… And an additional 67 miles and we will arrive in Sheboygan, WI.
Monday, Oct 14. We will tour the Kohler Manufacturing facility where they make toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. Prior to leaving town a much recommended stop is a quickie at the Old Wisconsin Sausage and Smokehouse factory outlet. GREAT PRICES on all sorts of smoked meats and cheese. Our final drive for the day will be back to West Allis, WI where we stated. A final banquet in the evening will conclude our wonderful time