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In the 1950s The Fram Corporation, makers of oil filters and other carrelated items published a series of small booklets suggesting week long tripsthat a family might make by auto.

In the 1953 edition of "Sightseeingwith the Swayzes " a Great Lakes toursvisits Saugatuck on the 6th day. John Cameron Swayzewas an early TV newscaster. His grandson, Patrick, later became a well knownmovie star.

5TH DAY FromMackinaw City follow U. S. 31 inland off LakeMichigan for 31 miles to Petoskey. There visit the picturesque Cross VillageIndian settlement. Drive next for 17 miles to Charlevoix where unexcelled golf,yachting, fishing (perch and bass), and swimming await you.

 

Another 53miles brings you to Traverse Citywhere you'll find yourself in cherry country that has become one of thefavorite winter-summer sport areas in this part of the country. (An interestingsidelight: this particular spot is exactly half way between the equator and theNorth Pole.) A few miles farther on is Interlochen, famous for its National Music Camp.

 

Again on U. S. 31, drive95 miles to Ludington where fishermen's dreams come true. Then, 99 miles to Holland, the tulip center of America. Many moderate or higherpriced sleeping accommodations are available here.

6TH DAY A few miles south of Hollandstop off at Saugatuck, one of the largest art colonies in the Middle West. Sooner or later, all American artists visit this area in aneffort to capture its fabulous beauty on canvas. Farther down (18 miles) isSouth Haven in the heart of Michigan'sfruit country. Relax here on one of the finest sand beaches in the state. Ifyou follow the lake from here on, you will be back in Chicagoin just a few hours with your heart filled with happy memories of America'swonderland of lakes.