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 12th (Tue), stop by The Pantry On Tap Oil and Vinegar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kalamazoo journey planning tool .

Springfield to Kalamazoo is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Springfield in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kalamazoo: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Kalamazoo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, South Bend, Bell's Comstock Brewery, Gilmore Car Museum, 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 15th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and then have some family-friendly fun at EpIQ Escapes. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ann Arbor trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, Dearborn, 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 17th (Sun): trek along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Buchan's Blueberry Hill and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ann Arbor to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, engage your brain at Field Museum, and stroll around Millennium Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chicago holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Traverse City to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Traverse City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In November in Chicago, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car 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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