13 days in Detroit & Chicago Itinerary

13 days in Detroit & Chicago Itinerary

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13 days in Detroit & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Detroit
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Guadalajara

6
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Visit Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and The 577 Foundation for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Toledo Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Put in Bay (South Bass Island Lighthouse & Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial), Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery (in Marblehead) and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (in Oak Harbor). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Toledo Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park, and look for gifts at Polish Art Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip planning app .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Detroit is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guadalajara to Detroit is 1 hour. Traveling from Guadalajara in April, you will find days in Detroit are cooler (17°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Toledo, Perrysburg, Put in Bay, Marblehead, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park ©
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
Wildwood Manor House ©
Wildwood Manor House

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit John Deere Historic Site and Riverwalk Lot for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Starved Rock State Park and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: University of Notre Dame (in South Bend), Six Flags Great America (in Gurnee) and Rockford (Midway Village & Museum Center, Anderson Japanese Gardens, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gaylord Building Historic Site, admire the striking features of Marquette Building, pause for some photo ops at The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner .

Drive from Detroit to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rockford, Oak Park, South Bend, Six Flags Great America, The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial
Highlights from your plan
John Deere Historic Site ©
John Deere Historic Site
Midway Village & Museum Center ©
Midway Village & Museum Center
Gaylord Building Historic Site ©
Gaylord Building Historic Site

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