The Route

The route of the Lap The Lake Rally Presented by HAGERTY follows scenic lake front and rural highways for the entire 1,000 miles.  You will pass through many large and small towns and have plenty of scenic vistas along the way.  Highlights of the trip include Pictured Rocks National Park, crossing the Mackinac Bridge, and cruising along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Each day will feature at least one Checkpoint, teams will check in by taking a picture of their vehicle in front of the designated checkpoint marker and sharing it via the rally app on their phone.  We also are encouraging participants to post check-in pictures to their social media with the tag #lapthelakerally

  • Day 1: Chicago, IL to Two Rivers, WI (200 Miles, 5 Hours, Checkpoint: Great Lakes Dragaway)

    • Departing Chicago we will head north on the world famous Lake Shore Drive.  Following LSD north it will turn into Sheridan Road, a beautiful tree lined winding road that will take us all the way north to the Illinois-Wisconsin border.  You will pass through many beautiful North Shore towns along the way on this beautiful stretch of road. 

    • Crossing the Illinois-Wisconsin border we will bank left and head to Great Lakes Dragaway in Kenosha to give drag racing a try!

    • Continuing north past Milwaukee take Hwy 32 north until it meets I-43. Follow I-43 all the way to Sheboygan

  • Day 2: Two Rivers, WI to Manistique, MI (220 Miles, 4 Hours, 1 Checkpoint)​

    • Departing Two Rivers make your way to I-43 and continue north.  

    • Take I-43 north towards Green Bay, after Green Bay follow Hwy 41 to Hwy 35, this will take you to the Wisconsin-Michigan border.

    • After crossing into the UP, continue on Hwy 35/41 to Hwy 2, stopping in Manistique for the evening.

  • Day 3: Manistique, MI to Harbor Springs, MI​ (203 Miles, 4 Hrs, Checkpoint: Pictured Rocks)

    • Departing Manistique we will take a slight detour due north on Hwy 94 to Pictured Rocks National Park on the shores of Lake Superior. This will be today's checkpoint, details will be in the Rally Guide.​

    • Leaving Pictured Rocks you will make your way back to Hwy 2 and take it to the Mighty Mac Bridge. Crossing this bridge takes you from the UP to mainland Michigan.

    • Continue south on Hwy 31 to Harbor Springs.

  • Day 4: Harbor Springs, MI to Frankfort, MI (149 Miles, 3.5 Hours, 1 Checkpoint)​

    • As we work our way back south follow Hwy 31 through beautiful downtown Charlevoix and along Torch Lake.​

    • Swing through Traverse City on your way up to "Fishtown USA" aka Leland, MI for today's checkpoint

    • After lunch and checking in continue south on Hwy 22 to Frankfort MI for the day's stop

  • Day 5: Frankfort, MI to Saugatuck, MI (184 Miles, 3 Hours, 1 Checkpoint)​

    • Today you will follow Michigan's western shore south, taking Hwy 22 to Hwy 31 and following it south to Saugatuck.​

    • Stop in Ludington for today's Checkpoint

  • Day 6: Saugatuck, MI to Chicago, IL (132 Miles, 2.5 Hours)​

    • As we wind down our trip follow the shore south then west as we cross the top of Indiana on our way back to Chicago!​

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