"Minimalism" is probably the best theme for business travel today. Raised baggage fees, smaller seat space, and increasing hub congestion mean you have to be more efficient than ever with your planning.
Hike to a waterfall, climb to the top of a lighthouse and see a shipwreck in the land north of the Mackinac Bridge: Michigan's UP. Trip guide; http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/michigan/upper-peninsula/upper-peninsula-trip-guide/
Saugatuck, Michigan, on the "Gold Coast," is a favorite getaway of Chicagoans. Ride the chain ferry across the Kalamazoo River to Oval Beach, where you can swim or watch the little-known Midwestern surfing scene. Stretch your road trip up the lakeshore and you'll see classic lighthouses, enjoy secluded beaches and dunes, and savor superb seafood. Stay at Best Western Plaza Hotel Saugatuck, from $99. (From: 15 Best Last-Minute Road Trips)