Day 1: Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan is our destination. This afternoon we drive through a part of Missouri and Iowa. Night in Coralville.
2: A continental breakfast helps us get off to a good start before we continue our journey east into Indiana. By late afternoon we check into our hotel in Nappanee in the heart of Indiana Amish country. Dinner is included at Amish Acres. Night in Nappanee.
3: Once again our day begins with continental breakfast before we head north to Holland, MI. On our arrival in Holland we visit Veldheer Gardens where we marvel at fields of tulips and watch as craftsmen make wooden shoes and delftware. Later we go to downtown Holland to take part in the Holland Tulip Festival. Reserved seats allow us to enjoy the Volksparade as hundreds of Dutch costumed townspeople and dozens of marching bands pass by. A short drive has us at our hotel in Battle Creek for night.
4: Our continental breakfast is a great reminder that in 1894 two brothers named Kellogg experimenting in the kitchen of the Battle Creek Sanatorium developed a flake cereal. From this modest beginning grew the Kellogg Company. This morning we tour with a local guide to see and hear about Battle Creek and the impact the Kellogg brothers’ company had on this city. This afternoon we visit another of the industries that has made Michigan famous as we tour the Ford Rouge Factory where the F-150 pickup is produced. Not only do we see the actual production line but we also see and hear historical information about automobile production. Night in Dearborn.
5: Today is our day to visit two of the best museums in Michigan and possibly the entire country. The Henry Ford Museum celebrates American innovative genius. National treasures include the Rosa Parks bus, presidential limousines and a folding camp bed used by George Washington. Next to the Henry Ford Museum is Greenfield Village with 90-acres of historically significant buildings, vintage transportation and skilled artisans. After a day wandering around these museums we travel to Auburn, IN, for night.
6: After our continental breakfast at the hotel a short drive brings us to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn. This 1930 Art Deco factory showroom was built for the Auburn Automobile Company manufacturer of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg luxury automobile. The museum features more than 100 antique and classic automobiles. After the tour we are on our way to St. Peters for the night.
7: Continental breakfast starts our last day on the road as we look toward the west and travel into Kansas remembering the many interesting sights we have experienced along the way.
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