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Ferry Across Lake Michigan -- Muskegon to Milwaukee or Ludington to Manitowoc
I'm thinking/planning a trip next July from south-central Michigan (Lansing area), taking the ferry across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin and riding across part or all of Wisconsin where I'll met my family as we then drive out to Yellowstone National Park.
There are two ferries that cross Lake Michigan:
1. Muskegon, MI to Milwaukee, WI (Lake Express Ferry)
The advantages seem that it crosses Lake Michigan further south (hence closer to Lansing and closer to 90/94 to meetup with family); but the disadvantages are routing out of the city of Milwaukee seems problematic to me.
2. Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI (SS Badger)
The advantages are that this is on the Adventure Cycling route, so there is already a route mapped. I would imagine there is less traffic in Manitowac than in Milwaukee. But Ludington, MI is a farther ride from Lansing and Manitowoc is farther away from 90/94 where I'd meet up with my family.
Does anyone have any experience opinions on either of these ferry options?