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 Niagara Falls & The Great Lakes

16 night self drive holiday exploring Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes region.

The five Great Lakes; Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario total a surface area of 94,600 square miles and are all connected by a variety of lakes and rivers making them the largest freshwater system in the world. You will stay or drive past all five in this 16 night self drive holiday.

Beginning at Chicago, you will have time to relax and enjoy this great lake-side city before heading north to Milwaukee, home of Harley-Davidson® and on to Green Bay and St Ignace. Cross the border into Canada for your next few nights on Manitoulin Island, The Blue Mountains, Toronto and Niagara Falls where you will stay on the Canadian side with a view of the spectacular Horseshoe Falls. You’ll then head over to the Finger Lakes in New York State and finally into New York City for your last couple of nights.

Remember - All our holidays can be shortened or extra nights added or modified with upgraded hotels, car etc. We love building tailor made road trip holidays!

Fly into Chicago and out of New York City

1500 miles

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niagara falls great lakes holiday

Our 16 Night Niagara Falls & The Great Lakes holiday starts in Chicago and ends in New York City: Chicago (3 nights), Milwaukee (1 night), Marquette (1 night), Sault Ste Marie (1 night), Manitoulin Island (2 nights), The Blue Mountains (1 night), Toronto (2 nights), Niagara Falls (1 night), Finger Lakes (2 nights), New York City (2 nights)

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Your Itinerary

chicago holiday

Days 1 - 3:
Chicago (3 nights)

Arrive in the Windy City, pick up your hire car and spend the next 3 nights in Chicago relaxing and sightseeing. Our recommendations include the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the USA and the “magnificent mile”.



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milwaukee harley holiday

Day 4:
Milwaukee & Lake Michigan

You have a relatively short drive up the coast of Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, where Harley-Davidson® motorcycles were founded and the home of the Miller Brewing Company. You’ll spend one night here enjoying this pleasant lakeside city in Wisconsin.



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Day 5:
Marquette & Lake Superior

You’ll drive through Green Bay and into your third US state and to the second of five Great Lakes as you arrive in Marquette, Michigan which lies on the coast of Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes. You’re staying here for one night.



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Day 6:
Sault Ste Marie, Canada

The first 30 miles will be a scenic drive along the shore of Lake Superior as you head towards the Canadian border. Your destination is Sault Ste. Marie - There are two cities with the same name separated by the border and St Marys River. You’ll cross into Canada for your overnight stop.


Sault Ste.
Marie, ON

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great lakes region holiday

Days 7 & 8:
Manitoulin Island & Lake Huron

As you head around Lake Huron, your third of the Great Lakes you will stop for two nights on the remarkable Manitoulin Island with its white cliffs and more than 100 freshwater lakes.  Whilst the island offers a lot to do while your there, it is also perfect for relaxing!


Island, ON

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Day 9:
The Blue Mountains

Leaving the Island will be by ferry with great scenary along the way! This is included in your package but don’t be late, there are only two per day! You’re heading to the resort town of Blue Mountain today which lies on the south end of Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron.

140 miles
+ Ferry

Blue Mountains, ON

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toronto holiday

Days 10 & 11:
Toronto (2 nights)

Just over 100 miles away is the Ontario capital of Toronto which lies on the northwest end of Lake Ontario, our forth Great Lake. You’ll want to visit the observation deck of the CN Tower, but we also recommend a visit to the Casa Loma, a Castle style mansion built in the early 1910.



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niagara falls holiday

Day 12:
Niagara Falls

A short drive takes you to Niagara Falls which lies on the Niagara River between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, your fifth Great Lake. Your hotel room will overlook the amazing Horseshoe Falls, the cascades’ most expansive and impressive section. We highly recommend a trip in the Maid of the Mist.


Niagara Falls, ON

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finger lakes holiday

Days 13 & 14:
Finger Lakes

A stop in Buffalo as you cross the border will allow you to view huge Lake Erie before you head through New York State to the Finger Lakes a region well known for stunning waterfalls, gorges and wineries which also has a number of state parks in the area. There’s plenty to enjoy during your two night stay.



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new york holiday

Days 15 & 16:
New York City

Your final two nights will be in the bustling New York City. Take in some of the iconic attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Times Square and do some last minute shopping or perhaps take in a Broadway Show. As always, we will have some great recommendations for you.


New York,

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nyc holiday

Day 17 & 18:
NYC & Fly Home

Enjoy your final morning in New York City. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.



philadelphia holiday

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is a great city to add on to your trip. There is plenty to do here and, of course there are the steps made famous by Rocky in the film at the front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

atlantic city holiday

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City is known as the Las Vegas of the East Coast. Its not as big or glamourous and the weather certainly isn’t as hot, but it is a city full of casinos and restaurants if you fancy a night there. And there is the well known boardwalk too!

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The Hamptons, NY

The Hamptons are the suburbs of New York for the rich and famous. You can take a drive up here enjoying the beaches, mansions and communities where the New York business elite have their weekend homes.

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