From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago – Exploration in your Back Yard

Great Lakes ExplorationWhile it’s thrilling to travel to and explore foreign, exotic lands, sometimes we forget about the adventures in our own back yard. The Great Lakes make up the largest inland sea in the world. These five interconnected lakes hold 21 percent of the world’s fresh water and cover an area larger than the entire United Kingdom. The lakes are home to an astonishing variety of fish and water birds. The scenery—including the lakes’ 35,000 islands—is among the most spectacular in North America. And the grand entry of the lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, is one of the engineering marvels of the world.

This summer, Yorktown explores these two magnificent waterways via From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago, carrying guests to places all travelers to this region long to see; the amazing Welland Canal, whose eight locks will lift our ship by 326.5 feet as it transits from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie; majestic Niagara Falls; enchanting Mackinac Island, where everyone travels by horse-drawn carriage; and the captivating Henry Ford Museum outside Detroit. Yorktown approaching a dam in the St. Lawrence SeawayTravel Dynamics has also included wonderful destinations that appear on few, if any, itineraries. Take a train through Ontario’s Agawa Canyon, passing steep canyon walls, four lovely waterfalls, and dense, unspoiled forests. In Michigan, we’ll explore two delightful 19th-century towns, Saugatuck and Charlevoix.

Onboard Educators

For this journey, a team of talented historians, all experts in their respective fields of study will be onboard. William B. Cogar, retired President and CEO of The Mariners’ Museum, is a life-long student of naval history who has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. Adam Watson, anthropologist and archaeologist at the American Museum of Natural History, is an expert on the political and economic life of the Iroquois in upstate New York during the 17th and 18th centuries. And Walter Lewis is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of the Great Lakes. Each of these study leaders will enrich our understanding of the lands and waterways we encounter on this voyage through lectures and informal discussions onboard.

This voyage lets you discover the grand scenery and fascinating history of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, all from the deck of a handsomely designed, comfortably furnished cruise ship. Set sail aboard Yorktown, exploring the splendors of two of North America’s most majestic waterways.

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Contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises about these Great Lakes cruise itineraries and all other small ship cruise adventures.


2 thoughts on “From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago – Exploration in your Back Yard

  1. The Yorktown, crew, and staff were wonderful and accomodating. The destinations and tour leaders were knowledgeable and the weather was perfect.
    The board lectures by Elisabeth Clemons were informational and presented in a most pleasant manner.
    The cuisine might have been tastier.

    1. Jim and Dawn, Thank you for your review on the Yorktown St Lawrence Seaway to Chicago. Glad all went well and you had a good time. Uh oh…was the food not delicious. It is usually is….so this is something I have not heard from other passengers. Did the make changes to the kitchen staff do you know??? Please tell me more, the food should be good on the Yorktown. Linda

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