15 days in Chicago & Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Chicago & Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago & Michigan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Saint Joseph
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Bay City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chicago road trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Chicago. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Chicago to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. On the 19th (Tue), you're off toSaint Joseph.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

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nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Box Factory for the Arts and Hesston Steam Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Porte County Historical Society Museum and The Olive Cart. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Joseph: The History Museum (in South Bend) and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (in Kalamazoo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Krasl Art Center, stroll around Tiscornia Park, have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, and explore and take pictures at Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint Joseph trip maker site .

You can take a train from Chicago to Saint Joseph in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph. In November in Saint Joseph, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

La Porte, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, The History Museum
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Hesston Steam Museum ©
Hesston Steam Museum
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts ©
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Arab American National Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Islamic Center of America, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally look for gifts at Block’s Stand & Greenhouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dearborn trip website .

Traveling by car from Saint Joseph to Dearborn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Block’s Stand & Greenhouse
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Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Arab American National Museum ©
Arab American National Museum

2
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, then look for gifts at Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, then get engrossed in the history at Frankenmuth Historical Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Frankenmuth Lager Mill. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Wilkommen Park, shop like a local with Shiawassee Arts Center, then take an in-depth tour of Curwood Castle, then examine the collection at Durand Union Station - Michigan Railroad History Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Whaley House Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Frankenmuth route maker app .

Getting from Dearborn to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Bay City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Owosso, Whaley House Museum, Durand Union Station - Michigan Railroad History Museum
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Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus ©
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus
Curwood Castle ©
Curwood Castle

2
nights
Bay City

Bay City ©
Bay City is a city in Bay County, Michigan, located near the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Bay City State Recreation Area, then see the interesting displays at Dobson Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum, then learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, and finally stop by St. Laurent Brothers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Historical Museum of Bay County, get lost in a book at Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, then pick up some local products at City Market, and finally make a trip to Center Avenue Historic District.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bay City road trip planning site .

Bay City is just a stone's throw from Frankenmuth. In November, daily temperatures in Bay City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Bay City

Museums Wildlife Parks
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The Historical Museum of Bay County ©
Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum ©
Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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nights
Traverse City

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Michigan Artists Gallery and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Music House Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University (in Big Rapids) and Call of the Wild Museum (in Gaylord). There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, browse the eclectic array of goods at Gallaghers Farm Market, do a tasting at Mari Vineyards, and look for gifts at Horizon Books.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bay City to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. In November in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, Music House Museum, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Call of the Wild Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Music House Museum ©
Music House Museum
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

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