In what could only be described as a visually stunning road trip, my brother and I took a 1,500 mile, 5-day journey of a lifetime by doing a loop through Wisconsin, Michigan and back down to Chicago.  Our trip included stops in Green Bay, Michigan's famed Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, and the entire lower portion of the state.  There is a reason why Michigan's state motto is  "Pure Michigan" and is a place that everyone should drive through.

Whistling Straits Golf Course. (Photo by Brandon Cohn)

Our first big stop was in Sheboygan, WI where we got a glimpse of the Whistling Straights Golf Course, which sits on the shores of Lake Michigan and is home of the 2020 Ryder Cup.  Following that we ventured to Green Bay, WI to check out Lambeau Field.  This small Midwestern town was awesome, as we stopped to get a delicious nosh at local favorite place across from the stadium called Kroll's.

Photo by Matt Maniscalco

Lambeau Field was simply stunning in person.  The sense of history that you get while inside the historic building is awe inspiring and should be experienced by every sports fan.  Our next couple of days were spent in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and included stops in the college towns of Houghton and Marquette, MI.  Some of the most beautiful places we saw in the UP were Presque Isle Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls, Soo Locks, Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island.

Photo by Brandon Cohn

We arrived in Detroit on the fourth day of our trip.  It was my first time ever seeing the Motor City, and was quite a heart-filled experience to say the least as it was where my late father grew up.  We went to a Tigers game at Comerica Park against the Nationals, and other than the overwhelming humidity, the experience was great.  We also got a glimpse of Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, located next door to Comerica Park.

Comerica Park. (Photo by Brandon Cohn)

On our way back to Chicago we stopped in Ann Arbor, MI and saw Michigan Stadium, aka "The Big House" which is the largest stadium in the US with a capacity of over 107,000.  Luckily for me, there was a flag football game going on at the time of my visit and I was able to see the inside of the stadium and even walk on the field!

Photo courtesy of Michigan Staff.
Photo courtesy of University of Michigan staff.
Photo by Brandon Cohn

Overall, our road trip through Wisconsin and Michigan was one for the books as it included endless beauty and some pretty historic and impressive stadiums.