2 days in Chicago & Grand Rapids Itinerary

2 days in Chicago & Grand Rapids Itinerary

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2 days in Chicago & Grand Rapids Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago day trip planning app .

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Chicago when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Cloud Gate ©
Cloud Gate

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Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then get to know the resident critters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Chicago to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Rapids, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
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Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Room Escape Games

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