I'm in need of a vacation. An 18 month consulting gig is winding up at the end of June, so I plan to take the first 1-2 weeks in July off. I thought it would be nice to drive around the lake. I've never been to the UP or Door county. This also gives me flexibility, so if the project gets pushed out, I can delay the trip by a couple of weeks if needed. And if I am finished and have no next job lined up there is no reason to rush back.
I plan to leave Chicago towards Indiana / Michigan and work my way up along the coast to the U.P. and over the top retuning through Wisconsin. I know I'd like to shoot at the dunes on the south lake for a couple of days. I'd love to catch a storm coming across the lake from Chicago to Michigan right around sunset. I think I'll hug the lake making my way through the U.P. That's a big territory. Do you recommend any particular spots?
Also, I'll be lodging (indoors) along the way and welcome recommendations on hotels and non-creepy motels.