Family road trip loop ideas from Chicago


Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, Mich.

Stops: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Empire Mich., Lambeau Field and Packers Hall of Fame in Green Bay, Wis.

Drive time: 18 hours round trip

Pictured: Boyne, Mich.


On The Way

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Sleeping Bear National Park, Empire, Mich.: Named the Most Beautiful Place in America by ABC's Good Morning America-and the Bozzo family-Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes will take your breath away. The sand dunes are ginormous, so large they are visible from outer space. The sand mountains, as my little one calls them, are quite a challenge to climb, but oh so fun to run down! For a quick stretch, you can hike the 100-foot dune climb. If you have more time, we had a blast braving the Dune Hiking Trail, a 1.7-mile trek to Lake Michigan, almost 3 1/2 miles (round trip) of sand-dune-climbing fun.


Are We There?

Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Mountain, Mich.: Hike, bike, zip and splash. Boyne offers hundreds of hiking trails, miles of challenging single and two track mountain bike trails, kayaking, ziplining and Michigan's biggest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay, voted the third best water park in the U.S. by Budget Travel.Your kids will marvel over the surf simulator where they don't need a sunny California day to hang 10. Recognized as one of the world's best resorts by Travel and Leisure three years in a row, Boyne Mountain Resort is a terrific spot for families. We love the bunk rooms for the kids, the handy in-room kitchen, the 90-degree outdoor pool and the key to this mom's sanity, a world-class spa right on site.


On The Road Home

Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Green Bay, Wis.: With a little advance planning, why not catch a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Lambeau Field? Imagine walking through the players' tunnel, up to the exclusive club level, through the Legends Club.

Photo opportunities abound. Or relive 90 years of the most exciting moments in Packers football at the 25,000-square-foot Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame with nearly 80 exhibits, including four Super Bowl trophies.

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