Hit the Road to the Real USA

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HIT THE ROAD! Explore a refreshing and real USA

Featuring: Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois PLUS Indianapolis, Springfield and Detroit


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HINK you know the States? Then think again. You may have liked Los Angeles, had a family holiday in Florida, or got to know New York, but a visit to the Great Lakes is something else – a visit to the real America. The states of the Great Lakes USA – Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin – will give you a refreshingly-different look at America and leave you with the feeling that you now understand what the USA is all about – from major, manageable cities to authentic small towns, from world-renowned attractions to breathtaking scenic drives, and from unrivalled shopping to memorable sporting occasions. And if it’s your first visit to the USA, the Great Lakes will show you America at its glorious best, making you feel you can’t wait to go back! Do you love big cities? Then check out Chicago, make for Minneapolis or detour to Detroit. Fascinated by top-class attractions? Wisconsin’s Harley-Davidson Museum is

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world famous, as is Ohio’s Rock and Roll Cleveland Hall of Fame and Museum. OHIO Prefer the outdoors? Ohio’s INDIANA ILLINOIS Columbus Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the Top Ten National Parks Indianapolis Springfield Cincinnati in the US. Small towns more to your liking? Then pop up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed. Desperate to hit the open road? Ohio’s magnificent Covered Bridge Scenic Byway will more than meet your expectations, as will Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore or the Great River Road, which 5 ILLINOIS: runs through Illinois, Wisconsin Back to the Future in the Land of Lincoln and Minnesota. 8 SPRINGFIELD: No cars are allowed on History and Heritage in the Capital City More of a sports buff? What d Mackinac Islan about heading to see four-time 9 MINNESOTA: Magic Mall with Giant Appeal Super Bowl winners Green Bay Packers or playing golf on one 12 MICHIGAN: Revelling in the Great Outdoors of the Great Lakes’ many great 15 DETROIT: courses? Looking ahead in the Comeback City Shopping more to your 1 6 WISCONSIN: liking? Minnesota’s Mall of Take the Drive to Beauty in Scenic State America offers a massive 18 OHIO: choice, while Chicago’s Rock and Roll around the Buckeye State Magnificent Mile is just that … 20 GREAT LAKES: Water Wonderland magnificent. 2 1 INDIANAPOLIS: So, whatever your tastes, Racing on to Trail of History and Art if you want a Great Holiday, 22 CRUISING: head for the Great Lakes!


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Find a tour operator for your Great Lakes adventure

For more information in the UK and Ireland

Look up greatlakesUSA.co.uk and click on the Book Your Trip link.

The Great Lakes USA Tourist Office, c/o Cellet Travel Services Ltd, 47 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AA. Tel: 08456 020 574; Email: info@cellet.co.uk. From Ireland: +44 8546 020 574.

*Only selected cites are included in the map above. Contact Cellet Travel Services Ltd (see information, right) for full driving maps of any of the Great Lakes USA states.


Check out these websites For more information on the Great Lakes USA region, log on to greatlakesUSA.co.uk. To find out more about the various states, check out enjoyillinois.co.uk, discoverohio.com, travelwisconsin.com, exploreminnesota.com, 3 michigan.org, visitindy.com, visit-springfieldillinois.com, www.visitdetroit.com

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City Center is just minutes away Stay on Chicago’s North Shore The most beautiful area outside of Chicago’s city center can be found twenty minutes north along Lake Michigan. Gardens, museums, shopping, restaurants and affordable first-class hotels are located on Chicago’s North Shore, connected via transport on the city’s famed elevated trains.

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IG cities and small towns, magnificent architecture and breathtaking scenery, inspiring country roads and relaxing lakeside beaches – Illinois has them all, in a state where you feel you’re getting to know the real America. The fifth most-populous state in the US, Illinois is known as the ‘Land of Lincoln’ and combines its historic roots with a modernday, up-and-at-’em approach that captures the past brilliantly but still looks to the future. Chicago may not be the state capital (that’s Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln lived, worked and is buried) but it still makes a capital jumping-off point for any visit to Illinois. It is also the birthplace of the skyscraper (the ten-storey Home Insurance Building in 1885) and, today, has the 110-storey Willis Tower and the 100-storey John Hancock Center. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan – with 26 miles of public beaches – Chicago’s transport system makes it easy to get around, no matter whether you’re calling in at one of its many institutions such as the Museum of Science & Industry or Field Museum of Natural History; preparing for a shopping bonanza on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue); heading for the heights at the Willis Tower’s Skydeck (and

venturing on to the glass-fronted Ledge 1,353 feet above street level) or the John Hancock Center’s 360 Chicago (where another glass-fronted attraction, Tilt, does tilt visitors 30 degrees, and 1,000 feet, over the city); or just taking the air in the splendid Millennium Park. Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to seeing the sights. With 25 neighbourhoods and 40 special-interest tours from which to choose, touring with a (free) Chicago Greeter (a friendly, knowledgeable local) is a great way to see the city and hear about its history. Alternatively, following the Chicago River on an architecture cruise highlights the city’s stunning buildings, while a Segway tour offers the opportunity to glide from lakeside to landmarks in a matter of minutes. You can also cruise by the sign that marks the starting point for the Mother Road – the legendary Route 66, which runs from Illinois to Santa Monica in California and is a major focus for many visitors to the state. Chicago’s nightlife, too, is legendary, with blues clubs galore – such as Buddy Guy’s Legends and Kingston Mines – and a plethora of excellent restaurants to help 5 make the evenings pass enjoyably. In Rockford, just an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Chicago’s O’Hare International

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Rockford, Illinois Real, Original Rockford A great destination in the heart of America just 60 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and convenient to major Midwestern cities. Surrounded by rolling farmland, forest preserves and small towns. Recognised twice by America in Bloom as “most beautiful community” with a population of 100,000+.

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the western side of the state south of Alton. Airport, the Anderson Japanese Gardens is The past comes alive as you mirror the another Illinois world-class attraction. The river’s meanderings – from historic Dutch ten-acre site, with its cascading waterfalls, windmills to the former frontier town of ponds, rock formations, winding lanes and Navou; from the site where explorers authentic sukiya-style guest house, is a Clerk and Lewis began their famous beautiful place to relax and reflect. cross-country journey in 1804 to ancient Also in Rockford, Frank Lloyd Wright’s civilisations at Cahokia Mounds. one-storey Laurent House – commissioned If Galena is at one by Kenneth and Phyllis The 280,000-acre extreme end of Illinois, the Laurent, who lived in the Shawnee National Forest is home from 1952 until Shawnee at the other, in the south2012 – is now open to National Forest west corner. One of 155 the public and features a is an Illinois national forests around solar hemicycle footprint, carport, patio and undiscovered gem the States, the 280,000acre Shawnee is an Illinois fishpond. It is the only undiscovered gem. Accommodation there building designed by Wright for a person ranges from rustic campsites to luxurious with a disability. lodges and there are almost 1,300 miles Another hour-and-a-half down the road, of unforgettable, beautiful trails for hiking, the small, river town of Galena, in the biking, horse-riding or wildlife viewing. Mississippi River Valley, couldn’t be more of The forest, which contains seven a contrast to Chicago, combining, as it does, Designated Wilderness olde-worlde charm with modern-day style. Areas, also has some of the Horse-drawn carriage rides and one-of-abest lake recreation areas kind shops in the historic Main Street vie for for fishing and swimming. visitors’ attention, while scenic vineyards and Far more frenetic – and preserved, 19th-century buildings that house scary – is Goliath, the attractions, restaurants and inns provide an world’s fastest wooden allure not found in many places in the US. roller-coaster, at Six The Ulysses S Grant Home State Historic Flags Great America Site in Galena is one of several worldtheme park near Gurney, renowned historic attractions in Illinois. north of Chicago. The Perhaps the most famous is the Abraham record-breaking coaster Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum plummets riders down 180 in Springfield, where visitors can follow the feet and surges through Lincoln story, from his humble beginnings to twists at 72mph! his days as President in the White House. Laurent When it comes to Galena makes a great starting point House is world-class sport, Illinois to explore some of the Illinois section of now open to has much to offer. The the Great River Road, which hugs the the public famous Chicago Bears Mississippi River for a 550-mile trip down


American football team play their home games at Soldier Field, while the city has two baseball teams, the Chicago Cubs (at Wrigley Field) and the Chicago White Sox (at US Cellular Field), vying for sports fans’ attention. And Michael Jordan, reckoned to be the greatest-ever basketball player, turned out for the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Football (soccer), too, gets a mention, with the Chicago Fire playing their games at Toyota Park. Rivalling New York, Chicago is one of America’s great shopping destinations. The city’s Magnificent Mile offers a marvellous mix of super stores, major fashion houses and trendy retailers, while The Loop includes the likes of Macy’s and the five-storey Block 37, with contemporary fashion, beauty brands and boutique cafes and eateries. Minutes from O’Hare International Airport, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago has more than 130 designer outlets, while the Chicago Premium Outlets (with 120 stores) in the Chicago suburb of Aurora and the Huntley Outlet Center (50 stores) in Huntley, near Rockford, offer quality brands at very favourable prices. GL


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HICAGO may be the largest city in Illinois, but Springfield is the capital – and the place where you can really get to grips with American history in the heart of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Among hundreds of items at the town’s award-winning Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum – which is marking its tenth anniversary with the new exhibit Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865 – are his trademark beaver-fur, stovepipe hat, an original copy of the Gettysburg Address and the document that Lincoln signed to end slavery. There is also the opportunity to ‘travel’



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with Lincoln down the Mississippi to New Orleans, confront the horrors of slavery and listen to black servants gossiping in the White House kitchen. It’s in Springfield that you realise why the state is called the Land of Lincoln. As well as the museum, the town features the Lincoln Home, which has been completely restored to its 1860 appearance. The visitor centre has a scale model of 1860 Springfield. In Springfield’s Union Station, the Lincoln Movie Exhibit features furniture, sets, props and costumes from Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg blockbuster movie. In 2015, the city marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death with numerous events, from a recreation of his funeral train and procession to his burial site in Oakridge Cemetery to exhibits, presentations and other activities at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb, the Old State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. About 20 miles from Springfield, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood.


While there are more Abraham Lincoln sites and history in Springfield and surroundings than anywhere else, there are other historic homes to see – such as the Dana-Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The 35-room home contains more original Wright art, glass and furniture specifically designed for a Wright house than any other Wright house from his Prairie Style period. New to Springfield in the summer of 2015 will be the 25,000sq-ft Kidzeum of Health and Science, the centrepiece of which will be a two-storey, interactive exploration of the human body through which visitors can climb and learn first-hand how bodies function. Being located on the legendary Route 66 that ran from Chicago to California, Springfield celebrates the Route 66 Mother Road Festival every September, when, for three days, the streets roar to the rumble of hot cars, cool trucks and vintage motor bikes. There are several sites in Springfield that highlight that Route 66 connection – such as the Cozy Dog Drive-In diner, which has been on Route 66 since 1949; the Route 66 Twin Drive-In Theatre, one of the state’s few remaining drive-in theatres; and a 1.4-mile stretch of the restored, hand-laid Original Brick Road, now on the National Register of Historic Places. But if you want to get away from the roar of the automobile engine, head for the 100-acre Lincoln Memorial Garden, which has six miles of trails and represents the landscape Lincoln would have known growing up in the Midwest. GL

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N the States, there’s shopping and more shopping – and then there’s the Mall of America. For no matter where you’ve been in the US before, nothing is quite like the shopping and entertainment centre in Bloomington, Minnesota, close to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The country’s biggest indoor shopping centre, it has more than 520 stores (including three major department stores), 50 restaurants, its own theme park – Nickelodeon Universe, with 24 rides – the SeaLife Minnesota Aquarium, with more

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than 10,000 creatures, the longest indoor zipline in America, a Hard Rock Café and a Radisson Blu hotel, which is attached to the mall by a skyway. A new JW Marriott hotel is opening late in 2016 and expansion plans almost doubling the size of the mall in 2017 will make it the largest in North America. Now, that’s shopping! There are more shoppertunities at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets (with 100 stores), located just minutes from Minneapolis Saint Paul International airport in Eagan. By way of a contrast in shopping, visitors can experience the old and the new if they hit the trail. Two hours south of Minneapolis, Austin ArtWorks Center is a new art gallery and art-making venue set in a historic building, while, in the deep south of the state, the Faribault Woolen Mill – which has been operating since 1865 – is the only place of its kind still working in the US. The former blanket supplier for both world wars, Faribault now sells its wares

The Nickelodeon Universe theme park, with 24 rides, is hugely popular at the Mall of America

to everyone from Crate and Barrel to George Clooney. Harking back to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, they are now connected by a new, 11-milelong, light-rail transit link, which brings together the state’s largest city (modern, cosmopolitan Minneapolis) and the state capital (historic, refined Saint Paul) and makes it easier for visitors to sample the delights and charms of both. Far from being places just for shopping, the Twin Cities offer an exciting arts-andmusic scene, some terrific, award-winning restaurants, wineries galore and craft breweries to tempt the most discerning beer drinker. And most weekends have some fun-filled event or activity going on Outside of Minnesota’s big cities, there are many appealing small towns, where visitors can feel at home and experience what it’s like to be an American. Pipestone, in the south-west of the state, was mentioned in Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha, which prompted a visit, out of curiosity, from settlers Charles Bennett and Daniel Sweet, 9 who founded the town in 1876. Nowadays, visitors head for Fort Pipestone, a full-size replica of a working

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From bustling downtowns to untouched wilderness, pine forests to bluff country and modern-day attractions, create unforgettable Minnesota memories.

Bloomington offers natural beauty located adjacent to MSP International Airport and home of Mall of America, plus five new hotel openings in 2015.

Overlooking magnificent Lake Superior, Duluth abounds with outdoor recreation, maritime history, gourmet dining and modern galleries




Mall of America features 520 designer stores with no sales tax on clothing or shoes and many family activities and restaurants.

Minneapolis - the City by Nature, combining city lakes and the mighty Mississippi River with a vibrant cultural and music scene!

Saint Paul-Minnesota’s capital city on the Mississippi River with European charm, iconic architecture and cultural creativity-all light rail connected.


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commercial fishing museum in Tofte and fort, and Pipestone County Museum, which features exhibits covering Native American the Grand Portage National Monument history and pioneer settlements. fur-trading post, while Duluth, the starting In a state that is called the Land of 10,000 point, includes the Aerial Lift Bridge, Great Lakes, there are countless opportunities to Lakes Aquarium and the old Depot, home take to the outdoors to discover parks that to a train museum. may be off the beaten track but offer the With more than 40 wineries scattered chance of an exhilarating experience. throughout the state, it can be hard for visitors to pick which ones to visit. Now, Voyageurs National Park, one of the the Passport to Minnesota least-visited national parks Wines makes vineyardin the US, is situated on The 154-mile four large lakes – Rainy North Shore Scenic hopping a little easier. The $25 passport grants Lake, Kabetogama, Drive out of the holder tastings at Namakan and Sand Point 10 wineries of their – and visitors can take to Duluth is one of choice, many of which the water in a motorboat, the great drives also offer tours and live houseboat, canoe or in Minnesota entertainment. kayak. The park has more Wineries may well draw than 200 campsites, all tourists to Minnesota, but so, too, does accessible only by boat. On a cloudless night, skiing, with an average snowfall of 70 inches visitors can check out the millions of stars in in the northern part of the state. Detroit an endless sky and, if they’re lucky, see the glorious colours of the Aurora Borealis. Mountain in Detroit Lakes, one of a dozen Also in the north-east, the Boundary or so ski destinations in Minnesota, features a new lodge, redesigned ski and snowboard Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, all hill, new terrain park, and all-weather trails. 1.3million acres of it, has more than 1,200 With five months of skateable ice, miles of canoe routes, 11 hiking trails and around 2,000 designated campsites. If you’ve never camped, canoed or gone fishing, the website www.mndnr.gov/ican offers first-timers hands-on instruction in camping, archery, fishing, canoeing or rock climbing. The 154-mile North Shore Scenic Drive out of Duluth is one of the great drives in Minnesota. Designated an ‘All-American Road’, it offers spectacular scenery as it follows the shores of Lake Superior, passing through small, shoreline towns with unique shops, art galleries and restaurants that serve local fish. Visitors can experience the history of the shore at the 1910 Split Rock Lighthouse, a


Minnesota is also a massive ice hockey state. Minnesotans love the game and follow the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, who play at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. American football fans are well catered for with the Minnesota Vikings, who are due to move into their new Minneapolis home, Vikings Stadium, in 2016, which will also stage the Superbowl in 2018. Baseball enthusiasts head to Target Field to follow the Minnesota Twins and basketball ‘nuts’ get their thrills at the Target Center cheering on the Minnesota Timberwolves, both in Minneapolis. Golf enthusiasts should note that the Ryder Cup will be staged in Hazeltine in 2016. Wildlife watchers are in their element, too, in Minnesota. The National Eagle Center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha is home to five rescued eagles, four bald eagles and one golden eagle, while the North American Bear Center in Ely focuses on black bears, and the International Wolf Center, also in Ely, turns the spotlight on wolves’ behaviour around the world. For an opportunity to look at more varied wildlife, the newly-opened Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd has 65 species from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. GL


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Visitors wanting to ‘get away from it all’ couldn’t come to a better place than Michigan

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F there’s one state that revels in the Great Outdoors, it’s Michigan. And while other parts of the US may appear alluring, the Great Lakes – and Michigan in particular – can give visitors an exhilarating look at those Great Outdoors like no other. Michigan is not known as the Great

The 50,000-acre Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the second-largest state park in Michigan


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Lakes State for nothing. It has more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and four of the Great Lakes – Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie – wash the 3,200 miles of its shores. Wherever you are in the state, you are never more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes. Add the fact that Michigan has more than

100 state parks, four national parks, 1,300 designated mountain-bike and bicycling trails, more than 650 public golf courses and 600 campgrounds, and visitors wanting to ‘get away from it all’ couldn’t come to a better place. Take the Upper Peninsula in the northeast of the state. Sault Ste Marie is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the peninsula, with a diverse waterfront community, historical sites and the worldfamous Soo Locks, where huge freighters navigate the 21ft height difference between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Across Whitefish Bay, the 50,000-acre Tahquamenon Falls State Park is the second-largest state park in Michigan. Its centrepiece is the Tahquamenon River, where the Upper Falls, hidden in a forest along the river, have a drop of 50 feet. Four miles downstream, the Lower Falls cascade gloriously around an island. Nearby Whitefish Point is home to the excellent Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The Upper Peninsula is reached by crossing the Straits of Mackinac over the impressive Mackinaw Bridge, which separates Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. From the bridge it’s possible to see Mackinac Island. Accessible only by ferry – with no cars allowed – the island is just the place for a relaxing getaway. Rush hour in Mackinac


sees cyclists cruising along quaint streets, their only ‘opposition’ being horse-drawn carriages. The town’s main area consists of two streets near the ferry dock; the rest of the island is nearly pristine and even more enjoyable once the day-visitors have gone and tranquillity descends. B&Bs are top quality, while the Victorianera Grand Hotel sits on top of a hillside overlooking the Straits, as it has done since 1887. Fort Mackinac, built 100 feet above the Straits of Mackinac by the British during the American Revolutionary War, is now a living history museum with costumed interpreters. Back on the mainland, one of the most scenic drives in the state is the coastal drive along Lake Michigan. Upmarket Petoskey, one of the most beautiful regions in the state, offers terrific shopping at boutiques, art galleries and antique markets, while, farther south, Traverse City, known as the Cherry Capital of the US because nearly 75 per cent of America’s cherries come from the area, was named one of the Top Ten summer trips worldwide by National Geographic magazine. The 35-mile-long Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, called the Most Beautiful Place in America by viewers of a US morning TV show, features massive, dramatic sand dunes sculpted entirely by wind and water.


EADING south, the Victorian port city of Manistee is the home of the Historic Ramsdell Theater and the beautiful 1.5-mile Riverwalk, while the glorious sandy beaches of Ludington and Muskegon (which also has 60 miles of wilderness trails for biking or hiking) give visitors a chance to wind down on the trip. Cobblestone sidewalks and Victorian streetlights greet visitors to Holland, which, having been settled by Dutch immigrants, also has a windmill, a tulip festival and Dutch shops and bakeries. In South Haven, the Michigan Maritime Museum explores the rich sea-going heritage of the Great Lakes, while nearby St Joseph makes an excellent base for touring some of the many wineries and numerous tasting rooms on the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail. For an overview of the Great Outdoors in Michigan, the new Outdoor Adventure Center on the riverfront in Detroit will focus on state parks, recreation areas, beaches and trails, with exhibits, displays and handson simulators.


The 35-mile-long Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, called the Most Beautiful Place in America by viewers of a US morning TV show, features massive, dramatic sand dunes sculpted entirely by wind and water When it comes to big cities, Detroit is the largest in Michigan, but Lansing is the state capital. Less than two hours away from Detroit, it is sited on the picturesque banks of the Grand River. The city has a great system of parks, its River Trail offers terrific opportunities for walking and biking, and there are more than a dozen museums in the region. Other attractions include the Nokomis Learning Center, Abrams Planetarium, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center and the Potter Park Zoo Detroit has had more than its fair share of troubles over the years but is now fighting back, focusing on being an entertainment hub (with several casinos), new stadiums and the revitalisation of the five-and-a-halfmile-long riverfront. Two hours north-west of Detroit, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids features more than 200 sculptures throughout its 132 acres. In June, 2015, the eight-acre Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, designed by famous Japanese-garden designer Hoichi Kurisu, will open and feature an authentic Japanese teahouse, a Zen-style garden, waterfalls and various sculptures. Public art round the state, incidentally, is the focus of a mobile phone app (MI Art from iTunes) that allows visitors to find specific types of art in Michigan.

Sports fans visiting the state can choose from baseball (the Detroit Tigers, four times World Series winners, at Comerica Park), ice hockey (the Detroit Red Wings, 11 times winners of the Stanley Cup, at the Joe Louis Arena), American football (the Detroit Lions at Ford Field) and basketball (the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills, a Detroit suburb). Auburn Hills is also the location of the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, where, in the spring of 2015, a 35,000sq-ft SeaLife aquarium will attract even more visitors to the 180 stores and restaurants at the mall. In Troy, another suburb of Detroit, the Somerset Collection offers 180 shops and restaurants for shopping and dining options, while, in the middle of the state, Birch Run Premium Outlets has 145 shops with a full range of designer names. GL


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Someday we’re going to just pick a spot. Someday we’re going to turn off the phones and just listen to the waves, the wind and the world. Someday we’re going to wake up with the sun and leave our mark on the planet with our footprints in the wet sand. Luckily, someday was today. And today was a very good day in Pure Michigan.

Detroit’s annual Autopalooza festival is a series of world-class automotive cruises, races and shows

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IME was when Detroit was only known as the Motor City. For that, now read the Comeback City. Acknowledged for decades as the heart of the American car industry, Detroit’s fortunes declined in parallel with the reduction of the US automotive business. But now the city is fighting back! Its amazing architecture, musical heritage, distinctive districts and varied shopping

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options give it an appeal that may surprise but will certainly delight visitors. Memories of the classic, American-built cars linger on with the annual Autopalooza festival – a series of world-class automotive cruises (the Woodward Dream Cruise attracts 40,000 classic cars), races (including the Verizon IndyCar Series) and shows. South-west of the city, Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a fascinating, attraction that combines the museum’s Driving America exhibit on the history of the car, a village with seven recreated historic districts and a working Ford assembly line. But Detroit also has a rich musical heritage, with the city’s music events including the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and the hip-hop Summer Jamz festival. And the city will always be known for its Motown connection, with Hitsville USA – the home of the Motown Museum and ‘birthplace of the Motown sound’ – highlighting that this was where Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5 and Diana Ross started on the road to fame. On the architecture front, the art deco Fisher Building is a Detroit landmark.

Finished in 1928, it’s considered to be Detroit’s largest art object. The brick-built Guardian Building – known as Detroit’s ‘Cathedral of Finance’ – was created for the Union Trust Co and National Bank of Commerce and is worth visiting for its elaborate interior alone. The Detroit Institute of Arts is a massive beaux arts building, with more than 100 galleries, while the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History houses the world’s largest exhibit on African-American culture. Farther afield, many of the 300 or more homes in the leafy neighbourhood of Palmer Woods – mostly neo-Georgian and Tudor Revival – were built in the early 1900s for auto-industry barons. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford home, for example, combines amazing architecture with beautiful landscaped gardens. Greektown – the home to Greek immigrants throughout much of the 20th century – is one of Detroit’s livelier neighbourhoods. On the food and drink front, Detroit more than holds its own. Breweries, brew bars and pubs serving Michigan-made and craft beers are serious business. Atwater Brewery was founded in 1997 with the purpose of carrying on the rich history of breweries in Detroit, and Atwater in the Park, a former church, is now a restaurant and biergarten with more than 40 taps. Detroit’s Eastern Market is a foodie’s dream. On Saturday mornings, it teems with people stocking up from more than 250 independent vendors and merchants. For more varied shopping, Royal Oak, a bohemian village on the outskirts of Detroit, offers a selection of speciality shops, art galleries and antique stores, while Auburn Hills’ Great Lakes Crossing Outlets has some great, unique dining options and will also feature the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium from early 2015. GL


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The dramatic exterior of the Milwaukee Art Museum

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F any state captures the rugged, adventurous heart of the US, it’s Wisconsin. A combination of prairie land and agricultural powerhouse, its history mirrors the pioneering spirit of early Americans. It’s the ideal state to climb on to a motor-bike, hit the open road, and discover scenic lake routes, breathtaking beauty and fascinating small towns. So where better to base the world-famous Harley-Davidson Museum? Located on a 20-acre campus on the riverfront in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, the 130,000sq-ft museum has more than 450 motorcycles and artefacts, riveting stories about the people, history and culture of the bike, and a fascinating video about the great roads of America. Milwaukee is nicknamed the City of Festivals … and no wonder, with nearweekly ethnic festivals and huge events such as Summerfest – billed as the largest music festival in the world – and the Wisconsin State Fair. Milwaukee also has a love affair with beer, and visitors can enjoy a one-hour tour and tasting at the Miller Brewing Company or visit the 37-room Pabst Mansion, home of Milwaukee’s famous


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beer baron, Captain Frederick Pabst. Beer lovers could also call in at the Milwaukee Beer Museum or the city’s Museum of Beer & Brewing. And, significantly, the city’s baseball team, which plays at Miller Park, is named the Milwaukee Brewers. Also on any Milwaukee must-visit list – the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its amazing, birdlike design, and the handson science centre Discovery World at Pier


Wisconsin. Museum lovers will appreciate the Milwaukee Museum Mile, a unique consortium of five museums nestled along Lake Michigan – the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art at Saint John’s On The Lake, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and North Point Lighthouse. Milwaukee’s basketball fans make for the BMO Harris Bradley Center to catch the Milwaukee Bucks, while two options for

Fish Creek has a rich heritage and modern-day lifestyle


shopping enthusiasts are the Mayfair Mall, in west Milwaukee – an indoor emporium with 180 shops that offer everything from haute couture to fashion jewellery – or the Historic Third Ward, the city’s arts and fashion district, which is a hive of activity with trendy shops and galleries. South-west of Milwaukee, the Lake Geneva area (Geneva Lake is the second deepest in Wisconsin) is a particular favourite with visitors coming to view the autumn (fall) colours on the trees. Whether travelling by land or by water, a trip to the mansions of Lake Geneva, including Black Point, gives a glimpse into the lifestyle of yesteryear.

The Wiscons in State Capita l building in Madison


OR a combination of glorious scenery with some real American, small-town living, Wisconsin-style, the peninsula winners who play at Lambeau Field. of Door County takes some beating. It juts But Green Bay, Wisconsin’s oldest out into Lake Michigan and has 300 miles of community (it was settled originally by picturesque coastline, six wineries, five state the French as a fur-trading centre), also parks, 32 beaches, 10 landmark lighthouses combines small-town charm with big-city and a range of charming harbour-side towns. excitement. Attractions include The picturesque village of Norwegian-influenced Ephraim The Apostle the Hazelwood Historic House, an authentically-furnished, dates back to 1853 and takes Islands are 1837 Greek-Revival home; 25 pride in its Scandinavian roots, while nearby Fish Creek, at the the spiritual historic buildings in four period entrance to Peninsula State home of the ‘villages’ in Heritage Hill State Historical Park; and Neville Park, is a settlers’ community Lake Superior Public Museum, which focuses with a rich heritage and a on regional history. modern-day lifestyle. Also on Chippewa For a real get-away-from-it-all the peninsula, the delightful Indians trip, visitors should head to the waterfront town of Sturgeon northern-most tip of Wisconsin to discover Bay is home to the Door County Maritime the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Museum, the Miller Art Museum and 1,200The islands – in Lake Superior, off Bayfield acre Potawatomi State Park. Peninsula – are the spiritual home of the En route to the peninsula, Green Bay is the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians but were base for the Green Bay Packers American named after the apostles by French Jesuit football team, the four-time Super Bowl At peace with the world on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

priest and historian Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix. Windswept beaches and cliffs and lighthouses shining over Lake Superior await visitors, who can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to get the best out of the islands. Logging and lumberjacks have always been an important part of Wisconsin’s history. In the small town of Hayward, visitors travel from all parts of the States for the annual Lumberjack World Championships, with competitions ranging from logrolling to chopping and pole climbing. The area also has some of the best fishing in Wisconsin. A major feature of Wisconsin is the fact that the Mississippi River runs virtually the whole way down the west side of the state. The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River through 33 river towns and, along the way, on what is an unforgettable drive, visitors can visit wineries and vineyards, experience life in a lively river town in La Crosse, visit Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, and see the masterwork of an eccentric, self-taught artist at the Dickeyville Grotto. On the art front, every July, Madison, the state capital, draws almost 200,000 people to its annual Art Fair on the Square, which showcases more than 500 artists from around the world. The city also features State Street (eclectic speciality stores) and Monroe Street (boutiques, galleries, etc), as well as the chic Hilldale Shopping Center (60 upmarket shops). There are two major outlet malls in the state – Johnson Creek Premium Outlets (60 shops) between Milwaukee and Madison, and Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets (90 shops), just north of the border with Illinois. But the focus on Wisconsin in 2020 will be on the Whistling Straits resort, near Kohler, when the Ryder Cup is played there. GL


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Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at night

Rock and Roll around the Buckeye State


N 1951, Alan Freed, a disc jockey from Ohio, began playing music that he called rock ’n’ roll. It may not have been the first occasion that the term was used but this time it stuck. Nowadays, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the top – if not THE top – attractions in the Buckeye State. The Beatles, One-Hit Wonders and The

Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll are just some of the exhibitions at the museum, which also features live acts, Q&A sessions and historic footage of music through the decades. Not that the museum is the state’s only world-class attraction. The National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton – the


Giraffes on the run at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum – features a one-of-a-kind Space Shuttle exhibit that lets visitors look into the cockpit area and learn how astronauts train for missions. And the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, voted No 1 zoo in the States, now features a 43-acre Heart of Africa area in which visitors can feed giraffes, board a grounded 1956 airplane in the African lion area, and marvel at cheetahs reaching top land speeds. Columbus is the state capital of Ohio. Settled more than 150 years ago by German immigrants, its German Village historic area features small, brick-built homes and a variety of unique shops and restaurants. The city’s 18ft-tall, bronze Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial, designed to remember the victims, survivors and liberators of the Holocaust, is a major new feature, as is the Pizzuti Collection, a gallery of modern art and outdoor sculptures that opened recently in the Short North Arts District. Rated one of America’s most-liveable cities, Cleveland, on the southern shore of Lake Erie, is home to Playhouse Square, reckoned to be the largest theatre district



in the US outside Manhattan. The 20ft-tall ‘GE Chandelier’, suspended 44 feet above the street, is the centrepiece of a recent $16-million makeover. And the $27.2million new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, better known as MOCA, has become a landmark in the city since its opening on 2012. But visitors don’t necessarily have to go too far out of town to escape city life. Just outside Cleveland, the Holden Arboretum covers 3,600 acres and has more than 20 miles of trails as well as five gardens that specialise in butterflies, wildflowers and rhododendron. The arboretum’s latest project is a 500ft-long, elevated walkway – built 65 feet above a valley – which includes four suspension bridges. There is also a 120fthigh observation tower. Ohio is very much a state that invites visitor to explore by car. And there can be few places more inviting than the discount outlets at Aurora Farms Premium Hocking Hills area. Cascading waterfalls, Outlets (70 stores), near Cleveland, and breathtaking cliffs, deep recess caves and Cincinnati Premium Outlets, which has forestland as far as the eye can see are just around 100 stores. a few of the region’s distinctive features. With more than 100 vendors, Cleveland’s The Hocking Hills State Park is made West Side Market is a haven for foodies, for hiking, canoeing the Hocking River or while Windows on Pairings, a new wine swimming in Lake Logan, while wildlife and food experience built enthusiasts can bet they’ll see Ohio wildlife such as The Cedar Point on the site of a former elementary school in white-tailed deer, wild theme park Geneva, is an all-Ohio wine turkey or even box turtles. That getaway feeling claims to be the and agricultural centre featuring a tasting bar, is more than catered for Roller-Coaster demonstration vineyards with a drive along the Capital of and gardens, wine tours Covered Bridge Scenic and hands-on culinary Byway, which meanders the World classes. through Wayne National In Columbus, the Short North Arts Forest in the south-east of Ohio. For most District has dozens of art galleries, with of its length, it runs alongside the Little artwork ranging from Asian masterpieces Muskingum River and crosses some of the to Turkish treasures. The ‘Queen City’ of state’s most-beautiful countryside. Visitors Cincinnati offers Deerfield Towne Center, so taken with the scenery can bed down for an open-air market with more than 60 the night in one of five campgrounds. shops and restaurants, and the range at But if Ohio is known for its cities – Tanger Outlets in Jeffersonville, located Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati – and between Columbus and Cincinnati, covers scenery, such as the Covered Bridge Ann Taylor to Tommy Hilfiger and Adidas to Scenic Byway, it also has its fair share of Toys ’R’ Us. fascinating, authentic communities. Visitors to Ohio will never be short of Holmes County, north-east of Columbus, thrills. The Cedar Point theme park in is the base for the world’s largest Amish Sandusky, which claims to be the Rollercommunity, where the residents shun modern Coaster Capital of the World, introduces machinery in favour of horse-drawn buggies floorless trains in the Rougarou ride, which and ploughs. Visitors can enjoy beautiful debuts in spring 2015. Riders reach 60 mph scenery, visit an Amish farm, taste homeas their feet dangle inches above the track made food and pop in to Millersburg, Berlin and the water below. And at the Kings or Walnut Creek to shop for hand-made Island amusement park in Mason, Banshee, quilts, leather goods, artwork or cheeses. the world’s longest inverted roller-coaster, When it comes to shopping, Ohio offers


Thrills on the Ba nshee ride at the King s Island amusem ent park in Mason

already sends riders screaming through seven inversions at speeds up to 68 mph. Sports fans visiting Ohio are in for a treat. Not only does the state have two (American) football teams – the Cleveland Browns (at FirstEnergy Stadium) and the Cincinnati Bengals (at the Paul Brown Stadium) – but also two baseball teams – the Cleveland Indians, who play their baseball at Progressive Field, and five-time World Series winners the Cincinnati Reds, whose base is the Great American Ball Park. Basketball is covered by the Cleveland Cavaliers – at Quicken Loans Arena – while fans of the state’s ice hockey team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, head to the city’s Nationwide Arena. The state’s football team, the Columbus Crew, are not only one of the most successful in the MLS (Major League Soccer), but also have the first soccerspecific stadium (Columbus Crew Stadium) in the US built by an MLS franchise. GL


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NDIANAPOLIS may be best known for its Indy 500 race but non-motorrace visitors to the capital of Indiana can now view the best of the city on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Eighteen years in the planning and construction – at a cost of $63 million – the trail meanders through eight miles of glorious greenery and public art works. In the city’s downtown area it passes the Indiana State Museum (with more than 50,000 works of art) in 250-acre White River State Park, the Indiana Repertory Theater and the historic Indianapolis City Market.

With the Pacers Bikeshare scheme, tourists can rent one of 250 gold bikes from 26 downtown stations to explore the city


Visitors can enjoy Central Canal, with boat rides and scenic walking paths, as well as cozy neighbourhoods such as Broad Ripple Village and Fountain Square. Now, with the launch of Pacers Bikeshare, tourists can rent one of 250 gold bikes from 26 downtown stations to navigate the trail and explore the city. And, scheduled for a launch in early 2015, the US’s largest all-electric car-sharing programme, called BlueIndy, will have 500 cars, making it even easier for visitors to navigate the city. Indianapolis, of course is the home of the world-famous Indy 500 automobile race, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Its Hall of Fame museum, recognised as one of the world’s top automobile museums, has around 75 vehicles on display, including the Marmon ‘Wasp’, which won the inaugural race in 1911, and the Duesenberg #12 Murphy Special, the only car to win both the Indy 500 (1922) and the French Grand Prix at Le Mans (1921). Close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Dallara IndyCar Factory gives visitors the opportunity to ride in a Street-Legal IndyCar 2-seater as well as sit behind the wheel of a real IndyCar and race the track on a simulator. The city also has what is claimed to be ‘the largest and best children’s museum

in the world’. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has terrific hands-on attractions, life-size roaring dinosaur skeletons, Terracotta Warriors and an antique carousel. And the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art aims to ‘inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America’. When it comes to shopping, the four-storey indoor mall Circle Centre in downtown Indianapolis has more than 125 shopping, dining and entertainment options, while the Mass Arts District features eclectic, independent boutiques such as Stout’s Shoes, the US’s oldest (1886) shoe store, and Silver In The City/At Home In The City (silver jewellery and unique gifts). The Broad Ripple Village neighbourhood, 20 minutes north of downtown, offers a lively mix of bars, clubs, art galleries, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. Also north of the city, the Fashion Mall at Keystone is the top luxury shopping destination in Indianapolis, with the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, as well as upmarket luxury speciality retailers. Sportswise, apart from the Indy 500, the city offers the Indianapolis Colts American football team (at Lucas Oil Stadium) and basketball’s Indiana Pacers (at Bankers Life Fieldhouse) as well as minor league baseball (Indianapolis Indians) and North American Soccer League (Indy Eleven). GL


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Ten-day cruises on the MS Saint Laurent run between Chicago and Tor onto or Montreal.


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RUISING the Great Lakes on a luxurious small ship that’s like a floating home … only better. That’s what visitors can expect when Haimark Luxury Cruises’ 105-cabin MS Saint Laurent begins its sailings in May with ten-day cruises between Chicago and either Toronto or Montreal. And what’s more, it is the first time in decades that UK visitors have been able to view the Great Lakes from the water in luxury in this size of ship. With more than 85 staff to cater for passengers’ every needs – and a personal butler to deliver pre-dinner canapés to your private terrace if you opt for an Owner’s Suite! – top-quality comfort and service are guaranteed. Expert-led, custom-tailored shore excursions are all included – as are all

onboard drinks – and personal electronic listening devices make sure you won’t miss a word on your day out. Starting out from the captivating city of Chicago, the cruise has a day of scenic sailing on Lake Michigan, heading north towards the Victorian-era Mackinac Island. There, time seems to stand still in a town that bans cars, with horse-drawn carriages and bicycles the main means of transport. At Fort Mackinac, costumed interpreters relive the way it was at the time of the American Revolutionary War. The next stop, the town of Sault Ste Marie, was established as a settlement by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. At Soo Locks Park, visitors get a stunning view of ocean-going freighters as they navigate the 21ft drop between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron.

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Other stops include Little Current, Manitoulin Island, and the Niagara Falls, with scenic sailing on Lake Huron en route. If your cruise is heading to Montreal, you’ll have an excursion in Detroit, with a visit to the fascinating Henry Ford Museum. Itineraries operate in both directions. More info: www.haimarkline.com GL


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