12512
Wisconsin

Explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Discover the Apostle Islands’ many charms as you enjoy local culture, see a presentation on shipwrecks, learn about the region’s ecology and hear tales of early settlers.
Rating (4.91)
Program No. 12512RJ
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5 days
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Margaret
(5)

The La Pointe- Chequamegon area is a little known treasure of Wisconsin to explore and learn of it's history.

Glenda
(5)

The Apostle Islands are a fascinating and beautiful place with an interesting history. This program was a good introduction, our accommodations were good and located in an excellent place by the water. The group leader was very good.

Diana
(4)

The group leader, Geoff Wendorf, is warm, personable, and knowledgeable. The speakers also really knew their subjects and I learned a lot. The weather wasn't perfect, but the place and the people were, so who cares about the weather!

John
(4)

A great course in a beautiful setting. I learned a lot about the history of this area as well as the many shipwrecks on Lake Superior.

Genevieve
(5)

This was one of my favorite Road Scholar Trips. Bayfield Inn setting was beautiful with lovely rooms. We were lucky to have the water view. Staff were very accommodating and food was delicious (even with my special diet). This is rated easy and it was that. The leader Geof was funny and very knowledgeable. The historic little town was fun to walk around, boat ride around the Apostle Islands where we saw lighthouses and beautiful scenery, and the ferry out to Madeline Island was lots of fun! If you want a easy but fun, interesting and to learn history of the Ojibwee Indians and all the shipwrecks of Lake Superior, this is an excellent program!

Carol
(5)

Absolutely go! Beautiful setting, fantastic program. You won't be disappointed. Geoff loves doing the program, knows people who are knowledgeable and yet is open to new presenters. Not to be missed!

BettyJean
(5)

Easy going but still involving outdoor activities on land and water.

Sally
(5)

Great program! I had visited Bayfield two times before but never realized everything that was there. Road Scholar does a wonderful job of finding instructors and places that regular tourists don't learn about when they are there. Thanks Road Scholar.

VIRGINIA
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Very good and worthy week. Leader Geof W is friendly and inclusive, welcoming everyone equally and warmly, being a wealth of support and coordinator extraordinaire. The speakers are great, National Park staff and local historians and the mayor! They bring the nature and history of the locale to life with good storytelling. The shipwreck speaker developed a good story to the Edmund Fitzgerald that he could develop as well for the earlier shipwrecks. The sunny day cruise around the sandstone caves was exceptional. As a first tour success, we are much in favor of shopping for our second trip! Thank you, Geof and RS!

Sharon
(5)

Interesting program!Besides learning about the history of the area it was a great opportunity to see the natural beauty that makes this a recreational destination. The hotel,dining, and staff were wonderful. The Road Scholar staff was exceptional.

Debbie
(5)

The town of Bayfield is so interesting and life on the islands. The hotel is very nice and comfortable. So much was within walking distance which was very nice. This is an artsy community as is Madeline Island. We stopped on Madeline Island after an all day tour for the best ice cream. The tour on the water of the island was amazing showing us the unusual rock formations was very interesting. Highly recommend this program

Jon
(5)

Very good trip. We went in October and the fall color was fabulous. However the winds were blowing and it was also a little cool and the lake was to rough for one of the main excursions. The speakers were really good and brought the area into a new light.

Linda
(5)

This program was wonderful - the location, accommodations, food, boat trip, visit to the Coast Guard station and Madeline Island, and the stories about the lake were excellent. Well worth it!

David
(5)

We had never heard of the Apostle Islands before signing up for this program. We learned a lot in a wonderful location and enjoyed every part of the trip. History, a beautiful setting, a very nice inn and Geoff - a terrific group leader - all made this a great experience! *****

Pauline
(5)

This is an interesting, well-organized program about a beautiful & unique area of the country. The speakers were knowledgeable & enthusiastic. The group leader was helpful & attentive. The hotel was extremely nice. There is no elevator, so if you have trouble with stairs be sure to request a ground-floor room. Overall, a great program!

Gloria
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The Apostle Island is an absolutely lovely low activity program.

Malcolm
(5)

The Apostle Islands program was a first experience for my wife and me with Road Scholar. As seasoned knowledgeable international and domestic travelers, we were pleased with the content, tour director, engaging speakers, and informative visits to interesting sites and sights.

Jan
(5)

This is a fantastic program. Even though we had a few blustery days, we were able to do everything on the program that was weather-dependent. I certainly gained a greater appreciation for this particular spot in Lake Superior, and will probably return to the area.

Sharon
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Great trip!!! The hotel is beautiful and is truly steps away from Lake Superior, the lectures are very informative, and the group leader ensures you experience the very best of the area.

Margaret
(5)

This was a wonderful program. Bayfield and the Apostle Islands are true Wisconsin gems. The location was beautiful and the program leader and speakers were all outstanding. I highly recommend this program.

Gayle
(5)

This was our first Road Scholar experience. We had wanted to visit the Apostle Islands area for a number of years. This program was a great introduction to the area and encouraged us to try to get back to the area at some time in the future.

Clyde
(5)

This program about the Apostle Islands and surrounding communities was very educational, and the beautiful Lake Superior scenery and weather made for a wonderful experience. The accommodations and meals at the Bayfield Inn were outstanding!

Jacquelyn
(5)

Highly recommend, good length and interesting things to learn and do. These islands are so unknown that the more people who learn about them the more respect for the Great Lakes in general may occur.

Mary
(5)

The trip to the Apostle Islands was my first Road Scholar trip. It was a perfect introduction because of its length and activity level. Besides the wonderful program itself, getting to talk with people who travel with Road Scholar regularly helped me decide to use Road Scholar again! This trip was a good blend of lecture, activity such as walking and boating, and camaraderie.

Dale
(5)

Great program to see the 22 Apostle Islands and Bayfield WI! Forget small quiet inland lakes - Lake Superior will remind you more of a small ocean with rocky bluffs. Ice caves on shore and Devil's Island not to be missed. Bayfield Inn staff set the bar for hospitality and the Inn is right there next to the ferry & tour boat piers. Easy to walk downtown. We enjoyed fresh whitefish and lake trout at two of our evening meals.

Isabel
(5)

If you love the North woods, this trip is for you. Not as active as some, but you get to see some wonderful spots. The lodge on the lake is wonderful with great food and service. The town of Bayfield is quite enchanting and lovely with the gardens. You will enjoy 2 great boat rides and see lighthouses, eagles and sea caves. The talks were pretty entertaining, I especially liked the talk by the ranger at the National Park Visitor Center. Our guide, Geof, was always on track and kept us moving.






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