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These Adventure Highlights have been hand-picked by our Travel Planners, based on their intimate knowledge of the destination and their conversations with our travelers.
Scenic Great Lakes cruises on 4 of the Great Lakes: Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Michigan
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island to the Grand Hotel, and lecture by the hotel’s Resident Historian
Learn about Ojibwe Native Americans on Manitoulin Island, including a visit to a historic church and attendance at a smudging ceremony and pow wow
Cruise into the mists of our Niagara Falls cruise aboard the Hornblower
Visit the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit to see famous and quirky artifacts of American history
Visit the Niagara Wine Region, home to over 50 wineries, with a wine lunch at a vineyard estate
Learn about navigation on the Great Lakes in an onboard lecture series by the ship’s maritime historian
Explore a retired Great Lake freighter during your time in Sault Ste Marie, including a visit to the onboard museum and aquarium
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Years ago they were the simple path of a glistening glacier, but today, the Great Lakes are a proud symbol of American heritage. You’ll cruise all five lakes, each with its own stunning landscape, unique history, and treasured cultural gems. From the scenic shorelines of Lake Huron to the history-lined coast of Lake Michigan, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the story of America with each new destination. Here are just a few of the historical gems that await you:
Mackinac Island: With its Revolutionary-era heritage and car-free streets, it’s no wonder Mackinac is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Embark on a sightseeing tour of this remarkable island, passing landmarks such as the Grand Hotel where the movie “Somewhere in Time” was filmed. Then, watch history come to life as you explore Fort Mackinac, the 18th-century fortress that once served as an important Revolutionary War post and is now the centerpiece of Mackinac National Park.
Great Lakes: This scenic voyage gives you the opportunity to cruise on all five of the Great Lakes during your explorations. Not only will you get to witness the natural splendor of each lake, you’ll enjoy a full day of scenic sailing on two of them: Lake Michigan, the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States, and Lake Huron, the fifth-largest freshwater lake in the world and the first of the Great Lakes to be discovered by European settlers.
Windsor: Get a feel for local Canadian life in charming Windsor, Ontario. Settled on the banks of the Detroit River, this historical town was whimsically nicknamed the “City of Roses” for its plethora of gardens and played a role in both the Underground Railroad Movement and the Upper Canadian Rebellion.
Sault Ste. Marie: Get a feel for life at sea as you explore a retired Great Lakes freighter in person during our time in Sault Ste. Marie. You’ll have the unique opportunity to visit all parts of the ship, from the captain’s quarters and crew quarters, before visiting the museum constructed in the ship's huge cargo space. Once a simple storage area, this space is now home to hundreds of interesting artifacts, paintings, shipwreck items, models, and exhibits of objects related to maritime history, as well as several aquariums stocked with fish from the Great Lakes region.
Cleveland: Journey through America’s past as you tour the historical highlights of Cleveland, from the masterpieces found at the Cleveland Museum of Art to the colorful relics of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Then, you’ll pay homage to another beloved American pastime- lunch! Savor local cuisine at the city’s oldest marketplace: the famous West Side Market. Wander through bustling aisles as vendors offer everything from seafood and baked goods to flowers and spices.
Detroit: Delve into the fascinating past of our country as you explore the unique exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum. Dedicated to detailing American history and culture, you’ll see priceless artifacts such as the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on the day of his assassination, the bus in which Rosa Parks made civil rights history, and the chair from Ford’s Theater that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot.
Manitoulin Island: Get a fascinating insider’s look at the rich culture of the Ojibwe Native Americans as we visit Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island. With native and non-native communities co-existing like nowhere else on the continent, Manitoulin has a history as colorful and diverse as any in Canada. Discover how the beliefs and customs of the Ojibwe intertwine with those of the Catholic Church during a visit to the Immaculate Conception Church. Then, unveil Ojibwe tradition intricacies as you attend a “smudging,” a ceremonial cleansing ritual, and “pow wow,” an expressive curing ceremony, before touring the foundation’s unique museum and art gallery.