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Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB

Explore Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, where you can make the most of every motorcoach moment! Spend time in a region where a group tour isn’t about the stops you make, but the experiences you’ll talk about forever all within 15-30 minutes of one another.

Birch Run is home to the Birch Run Premium Outlets. This shopping destination is the largest in the Midwest and attracts visitors with over 145 brand-name stores. Featured on the TV series “Diners, Dives, and Drive-ins”, Tony’s I-75 Restaurant is famous for over-the-top portions…a banana split feeds four and a BLT literally is served with a pound of bacon!! Hungry yet?

Bay City is all about the water of the Great Lakes; and keep in mind there’s no salt, no sharks, so therefore no worries! Located on the Saginaw River, you can immerse yourself into maritime history by helping raise the sails aboard the Tall Ship Appledore, leisurely cruise the river aboard the Princess Wenonah, or experience military ship history aboard the U.S.S. Edson naval battleship museum.

Midland is synonymous with the name Dow. Check out the lifestyle of the rich and famous when you tour the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio. Alden was the son of Herbert Dow, founder of Dow Chemical, and studied architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright. Use the furniture that once was used by many rich and influential people and walk the garden paths they once walked in Dow Gardens. Can’t you just smell the money…err roses?

Chesaning brings to mind Victorian holidays. Go for a stroll past Lumberbaron mansion after mansion along Chesaning’s boulevard during the Christmas Candlelight Walk. Of special interest is the locomotive steam engine, the 1225, made famous in “The Polar Express” movie. I wonder which mansion Mr. Scrooge lived in?

Saginaw is all about varied culture. The Japanese Tea House and Gardens are a tranquil stop on any tour, the Temple Theatre brings vaudeville back to life, awe-inspiring works of art are found within the Marshall Frederick’s Sculpture Museum, and the Castle Museum is a one-of-a-kind French chateau-style building originally constructed as a post office.

And speaking of culture, the most well known destination is Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria!” Millions of visitors experience Germany every year without ever leaving the U.S.!