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, got the car out of the garage and stowed everything in the trunk. We left Chicago on the Interstate 94 in the direction of the East. The partial six-lane highway at that time of day pretty full. Although I set the cruise control the car has always been 5 mph (approximately 8 km/h) is higher than allowed, we were overtaken on the left and to the right of cars as well as trucks. To be two large Trucks surrounded, is not a very pleasant feeling!

Road Trip with our rental car

Road Trip with our rental car

Tulip Festival in Holland

After a short stop at the Michigan Welcome Center on Interstate-94, we drove to our first destination: Holland. Holland? Yes, we were still in the USA – 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 at various Points of the city. So there was, for example, a Restaurant Alpenrose and shops with German names.

Restaurant Alpenrose

Restaurant Alpenrose

A day before our arrival, the annual Tulip Festival held in Holland. Since 1929, this is celebrated every year in may. At the time of 250,000 tulips were planted today, 6 million to grow in the whole city. For flower lovers the flower beds along the streets, urban Parks and public buildings free of charge to marvel at.

We parked our rental car in a side street at Centennial Park. The variety of tulips bloomed true amazing and all in different colors. One of a kind! Then we walked two blocks to the main shopping street. At a Fudge Store, we could not go over, and bought Fudge and a piece of salted caramel. Really tasty and typical for the Mid-West.

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

Refreshed, we drove to the Windmill Island Gardens. Here is a typical wind was mill, as they could have been in a Dutch village. To look at them from the Middle, pays you as an adult, however, is 10 USD. We saved our money and watched only once from the distance. For us West Europeans windmills are nothing so Special.

Windmill Island Gardens

Windmill Island Gardens

After 1 ½ hour drive on US-131 in direction 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 miscalculated us at the ordered size total, so unfortunately a lot was left.

Road trip USA (Mid-West) – route details

Tagtotal
Km: 289,3 mi (465,58 km) 343.5 to mi (552,81 km)
Time: 05:32:57 09:02:58
Consumption: 31,8 mpg 29,5 mpg
Travel costs: 42,03 USD 42,03 USD
Overnight: Hampton Inn Cadillac – $ 75 (available at Hilton*)

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Evaluation of the Roadtrips from Chicago to Cadillac
  • The Tulip Festival
  • Windmill Island Gardens
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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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