Hidden Gems & Coastal Charm
Ready for something different? This out-of-the-ordinary itinerary is just the right mix of Wisconsin’s hotspots, heritage, and fun—perfect for anyone! With its incredible lake views, Swedish heritage, arts, and quaint towns, there’s no wonder the charming towns on the shores of Wisconsin are popular vacation destinations! Make new memories in the Maritime Capital, Manitowoc, and spend a day in legendary “Titletown” (aka Green Bay). Catch pre-season football fever during a tour of Lambeau Field and explore the unique history of the nearby Oneida Nation. A trip to this region isn’t complete without visiting the ever-popular Door County peninsula for incredible bay and lake views. Tour one of the twelve lighthouses that dot its shores and cruise to the Strawberry Islands. Watch a show at a beautiful outdoor theater nestled in a pine forest along the lakefront. Savor handcrafted cheeses, kringle pastries, and Swedish cuisine at a restaurant where goats graze on the grass-topped roof. All the whimsy and unique experiences make this trip a delight for all your senses.
Note: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.
Tue, Aug 22: Depart Indianapolis in the morning for Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Owing to its location directly on beautiful Lake Michigan, Manitowoc is known as Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital. After arriving, get your bearings by having time on your own for lunch and shopping in the charming downtown area. This afternoon check into the Inn on Maritime Bay for one night. Walking paths along the lakeshore are just steps from the hotel. Visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum to learn about shipbuilding and the rich maritime history of Wisconsin through exciting and interactive exhibits. The museum is also home to USS Cobia, a World War II submarine. Following your tour, enjoy a dinner with your fellow travelers on the roof deck with a panoramic view of the lake. (Meals: Dinner)
Wed, Aug 23: After breakfast at the hotel board the motorcoach for a quick stop in Two Rivers at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Hamilton Manufacturing was America’s largest wood type maker at a time when almost everything was printed by letterpress. Now they operate a working museum where you can learn everything there is to know about wood type and even make your own print! Depart for Sister Bay in picturesque Door County for lunch at the popular Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik, where goats graze on the grass-topped roof! Take in the views from the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and hear the personal stories of the keepers who toiled through the night and manned the light from 1868 to 1926. After taking a cruise to the Strawberry Islands, enjoy free time in Fish Creek and take in a performance at the Northern Sky Theater. Nestled in the woods under the stars at the Peninsula Park outdoor stage, you’ll enjoy live theater while surrounded by cedar forests, gardens, and glistening waterfront. At the end of the day transfer to Green Bay to check in for a two-night stay at historic Hotel Northland, just two blocks from The CityDeck riverfront promenade. (B,L)
Thu, Aug 24: Wake up this morning at the elegant Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay. Your first stop is just outside of the city on the Oneida Reservation. Join a member of the tribe on a tour of both replica and original buildings unique to their people while learning about the fascinating history, traditions, and ongoing efforts to preserve the culture. Then enter the legendary home of the Packers at Lambeau Field for a delicious lunch and a tour that you are sure to appreciate, even if you don’t root for the home team. Hear stories from the history of football and have the chance to go down to field level through the Player’s Tunnel. This evening, take time for independent exploration along the Fox River downtown. Whether you are a foodie, history buff, Packers fan, or just want to stroll along the beautiful Riverfront trail, there is something to entertain everyone. (B,L)
Fri, Aug 25: Depart after breakfast to start the trek home making stops along the way to take home some Wisconsin delights. Stop at a popular cheese shop to pick up some local cheese and other regional favorites; such as those irresistible kringle pastries! Arrive in Indianapolis this evening. (B)
Inn on Maritime Bay, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Recently renovated and the only hotel in town with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Highlights: complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna • fitness center.
Hotel Northland, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection this elegant, historic property is known as the crown jewel of downtown. Highlights: complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • in-room refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker • restaurant and bar • fitness center.
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