Road Trip USA (Midwest): Tulip Festival in Holland

After two eventful days in Chicago, we are now starting our road trip through the Midwestern United States. Our first day's destination was the city of Cadillac, Michigan. On the way we visited the largest tulip festival in Holland. What we looked at also, you experience the following article.

After a hearty breakfast at the Hilton Chicago (our review) We packed our bags, the car picked up from the car park and stowed everything in the trunk. We left Chicago via Interstate-94 eastbound. The partial six-lane highway was crowded at that time of day. Although I use the cruise control our rental car has always hired 5 mph (8 km / h) higher than allowed, we were on either side of the car as outdated and trucks. to be surrounded by two large trucks, is not a very pleasant feeling!

Road Trip with our rental car

Road Trip with our rental car

Tulip Festival in Holland

After a brief stop in Michigan Welcome Center off Interstate-94, we drove to our first day's destination: Holland. Holland? Yes, we still we were in the US – more specifically in the state of Michigan. The small town of Holland was founded in 1847 by European settlers from the Netherlands. This European influence was present at various points of the city. So there were such. Including a restaurant Alpenrose and shops with German names.

Restaurant Alpenrose

Restaurant Alpenrose

One day before our arrival took place the annual Tulip Festival in Holland. Since 1929 this every year is celebrated in May. At that time, 250,000 tulips planted, already 6 million raised in the city. Flower lovers can admire free the flower beds along the streets, urban parks and in front of public buildings.

We parked our rental car in a side street at Centennial Park. The variety of different tulips true amazing and everything blossomed in various colors. Unique! Then we walked two blocks to the main shopping street. we could not go past a fudge store and bought a piece of salted caramel fudge. Really delicious and typical of the Midwest.

Main shopping street in Holland

Main shopping street in Holland

Selection in the Fudge Store

Selection in the Fudge Store

salted caramel fudge

salted caramel fudge

Windmill Island Gardens

Well rested we went to the Windmill Iceland Gardens. Here indeed was a typical windmill as they would have in a Dutch village can stand. To this watching of the Middle, but you pay as an adult is 10 USD. We saved our money and looked only once from a distance. For us Western Europeans are windmills also nothing so special.

Windmill Island Gardens

Windmill Island Gardens

After 1 ½ hour drive on US 131 heading north, we arrived in Cadillac. This small town we had chosen as a goal for the day. After check-in at the Hampton Inn Cadillac, we got us two pizzas at Dominos. Here we had totally misjudged us in the ordered size, so unfortunately, a lot was left.

Road Trip USA (Midwest) – route details

Tagtotal
Kilometer: 289.3 mi (465.58 km) 343.5 mi (552.81 km)
Driving time: 05:32:57 09:02:58
Consumption: 31,8 mpg 29,5 mpg
Ride costs: 42,03 USD 42,03 USD
Overnight stay: Hampton Inn Cadillac – 75 USD (available at Hilton*)

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Christian

My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2012 I live with my wife Christin in Halle (Saale). When travelling I love flying, discovering good food and drink and spending the night in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always looking for the next adventure. I have been reporting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

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