Join Our State as we explore the iconic sights and culture of northern Michigan and the mighty Niagara Falls in Canada, during a beautiful time of the year in both regions.
June 9-16, 2023
- Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Seven nights’ hotel accommodations
- 11 meals: seven breakfasts and four dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary
- Admissions per itinerary
- Deluxe motor coach transportation
- Professional tour guide and driver
- Our State host
- Baggage handling and hotel transfers
- Two nights at Doubletree by Hilton, Dearborn
- Two nights at Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
- One night at Drury Inn & Suites, Frankenmuth
- Two nights at Marriott on the Falls, Niagara Falls
Note: On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.
- Two nights at the Grand Hotel
- Two nights in Niagara Falls
- Henry Ford Museum
- Greenfield Village
- Mackinac Island, crossing by ferry
- Mighty Mac Suspension Bridge
- Horse-drawn carriage on Mackinac Island
- Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, MI
- Niagara area tour
- Skylon Tower dinner
- Maid of the Mist cruise
- Journey Behind the Falls
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DETROIT
Upon arrival in Detroit, meet your tour director and transfer to your hotel in Dearborn for a two-night stay. Tonight, enjoy a wine and beer reception and a Welcome Dinner with fellow Our State travelers.
DAY 2: FORD FACTORY & VILLAGE
This morning, visit the famous Ford River Rouge complex, a modern marvel of 21st century manufacturing where Ford F-150 trucks are built. Then, visit the Henry Ford Museum, known as the greatest auto collection documenting the American experience. See the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand in 1955, the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the limousine where President Kennedy was shot, and much more. Then, visit Greenfield Village, established by Henry Ford in 1929 as a living history museum to celebrate the American spirit from pioneer days to modern times. Also, ride in a Model T car!
DAY 3: DEARBORN – MACKINAC ISLAND
Today, journey north to Mackinac Island. Your adventure begins with a 16-minute ferry ride in the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge. You’ll be greeted with the sights and sounds of the Victorian era, where transportation was by horse drawn carriage or bicycle. Step back in time for two nights at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac’s finest and most famous resort property. Dress up for an elegant dinner this evening. Each meal is truly special and few dining locations are more picturesque than Grand Hotel’s Main Dining Room. It overlooks the world’s longest porch displaying the hotel’s many American flags, as well as the glistening Straits of Mackinac. Sit down for dinner while enjoying music by the Grand Hotel Orchestra. You may even catch a glimpse of the bellmen taking down the flags for the day — a sunset tradition.
Meals: B, D
Overnight: Mackinac Island
DAY 4: CARRIAGE RIDE – TIME AT LEISURE
Begin today with a horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island. Your private carriage will take you on a scenic tour of the famous West Bluff Victorian homes. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the quaint town and more of the island. Don’t forget to try the fudge! Tonight’s dinner is in the Main Dining Room.
Meals: B, D
Overnight: Mackinac Island
DAY 5: MACKINAC TO FRANKENMUTH
After breakfast, ride the ferry back to the mainland. Cross the Mighty Mac, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges, and later arrive in Frankenmuth. Enjoy this small city settled by Germans from the Bavarian region. The streets are lined with Bavarian style shops, including Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland and Frankenmuth River Place.
DAY 6: FRANKENMUTH – NIAGARA FALLS
Motor coach into Ontario, Canada*, and drive east to Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Stop to see the IMAX movie: Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic. Later, enjoy the unique “Journey Behind the Falls” experience, where you descend 125 feet and explore 130-year-old tunnels carved through the bedrock. Feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls before arriving at the observation deck for an up close and possibly wet view of the falls. Later, check into your hotel for two nights in Niagara Falls.
Overnight: Niagara Falls
*Note: A valid U.S. passport is required for this tour for entry
DAY 7: NIAGARA FALLS
A full day of incredible Niagara Falls area sightseeing awaits you as you drive the scenic Niagara Parkway, with stops at the Hydro Floral Clock, Great Gorge River Walk, Whirlpool Rapids, Butterfly Conservatory, quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake village, and the Welland Canal between Erie and Ontario Lakes. Tonight, ascend Skylon Tower for your Farewell Dinner in the revolving restaurant overlooking the falls.
Meals: B, D
Overnight: Niagara Falls
DAY 8: NIAGARA FALLS TO BUFFALO – FLY HOME
This morning, motor coach across the bridge to Niagara Falls, NY, and visit Goat Island. Then, cruise close to the falls aboard the famous Maid of the Mist. Finally, drive to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport for your return flight home.
Regular Rate: $3,599 per person, based on double occupancy
Booking Discount: $3,499 per person, based on double occupancy*
Single supplement: $825
*Make your final payment by check prior to the final payment due date of March 26, 2023, and receive a $200 per couple or $100 per single booking discount. Ask about the no risk deposit.
For reservations and more information:
Premier World Discovery
877-953-8687 x 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
What to expect on an Our State trip:
Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.
We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.
You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.
Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.
Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.
One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.
Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.
Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.
We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.
If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Travel Precautions:
At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.
Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:
Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.
We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.