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American Cities Along the Great Lakes: A Voyage by Small Ship

Delve into the legacy of lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie on a fascinating voyage that traces the American heartland from Chicago to Buffalo.
Program No. 23826RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Discover the legacy of the Great Lakes as you trace the American coast on an unforgettable small ship learning adventure. Before boarding your vessel, start your iconic American adventure with an exploration of Chicago’s gems, including a visit to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago and an architectural boat ride along the river. Then, glide along some of our country’s most treasured waterways as you study WWII history in Muskegon along Lake Michigan, step back in time to the Victorian era on car-free Mackinac Island along Lake Huron, and delve into American history in Detroit. Top off your discoveries by boarding a catamaran for an unparalleled, close-up view of iconic Niagara Falls.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking and standing for up to an hour at a time during field trips. Embarking and disembarking from the boat up and down steep gangways.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take in Chicago's amazing skyline during an architectural boat ride along the river, followed by an expert-led exploration of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Set off on a horse-drawn carriage ride around car-free Mackinac Island, followed by lunch at the Grand Hotel.
  • Board a catamaran for a close-up sailing along Niagara Falls as you get as close as possible to world-famous Horseshoe Falls.
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Roger Dammarell
Roger Dammarell is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable fellow who spent 33 years in the radio business — he achieved his goal of working in San Francisco, the country’s fourth-largest radio market — before leaving the crowded freeways behind and falling in love with his new home in Corvallis, Ore. He has since developed an affinity for the world of educational travel and is a favorite Road Scholar Group Leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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