11 days in Michigan & Chicago Itinerary

11 days in Michigan & Chicago Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Drive:  5​h
1
Kalamazoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ann Arbor
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  3​h
4
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Springfield

2
nights
Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo ©
Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. On the 11th (Mon), stop by The Pantry On Tap Oil and Vinegar. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and then make a trip to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kalamazoo attractions planning tool .

Springfield to Kalamazoo is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Kalamazoo. When traveling from Springfield in November, plan for little chillier days in Kalamazoo, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Kalamazoo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, South Bend, Gilmore Car Museum, Bell's Comstock Brewery, The Pantry On Tap Oil and Vinegar
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

2
nights
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and then have some family-friendly fun at EpIQ Escapes. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ann Arbor trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor takes 2 hours. November in Ann Arbor sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, Detroit, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, EpIQ Escapes
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then relax in the rural setting at Buchan's Blueberry Hill.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Ann Arbor to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, stroll around Millennium Park, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Chicago tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Traverse City to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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