Looking for a fun family road trip idea? Here's everything you need to know about the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.

Have you seen signs for the Lake Michigan Circle Tour but didn't know what it was?  If so, you are not alone.

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I noticed the signs for the first time this weekend and wanted the answers to these 2 questions:

  1. What is the Lake Michigan Circle Tour
  2. Is this a new thing?

It turns out the Lake Michigan Circle Tour is a 1,100-mile road trip around Lake Michigan according to its official website,

It (Lake Michigan Circle Tour) follows state highways around Lake Michigan, through Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

This is said to be one of the most beautifully scenic road trips in America.  From sand dunes to lighthouses and depending on the time of year, fall colors, you can see why this could be a cool road trip.  If you were able to do the entire Lake Michigan Circle Tour without stopping it would take you about fourteen and a half hours.  But, what would be the point of this road trip if you didn't stop?

The answer to my second question: It is very much not a "new thing."  The plans were finalized between all of the states involved in 1988 and the Department of Transportation began putting signs up along the route in 1989. How am I just noticing these signs for the first time 34 years after they went up?

Would you do the Lake Michigan Circle Tour?  Get more info on the route and find out what each stop has to offer by clicking here.

Heavenly Home: Church on Lake Michigan is Now a Beautiful Home

Nearly 100 years after this beautiful church was built in 1888, it was converted into a single-family home.

While its stained glass windows still make it look rather churchy, it has definitely taken on the character of a spacious home.

Gallery Credit: George McIntyre

$5.9M Lake Michigan Estate is Like 5 Star Hotel Living: Look

This one-of-a-kind, Lake Michigan estate, is just an hour away from Chicago and is top-notch from top to bottom. Located in the Lake Michigan community of Grand Beach, this incredible 10.174 sq ft. home has 4 bedroom suites with additional sleeping quarters in the guest house and 8 designer bathrooms.
The highlight though is the ambiance outdoors that makes you feel as if you have escaped to your own private resort. The estate has an oversized private pool fit for a 5-star hotel, 5 decks, and patios with magazine-worthy views according to the listing. There are also 3 heated garages that will accommodate 5 vehicles and of course a heated driveway. Take a look at pure luxury that can all be yours for $5,975,000.

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