39 days in Michigan, Fort Wayne & Chicago Itinerary

39 days in Michigan, Fort Wayne & Chicago Itinerary

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39 days in Michigan, Fort Wayne & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  25​h
1
Detroit
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Fort Wayne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Petoskey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Manistique
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Saint Joseph
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Chicago
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor), Novi (BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League & Sri Venkateswara Temple & cultural centre) and Kellogg Park (in Plymouth). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, look for all kinds of wild species at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, and explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit driving holiday planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Detroit is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Detroit: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Novi, Dearborn, Decode Ann Arbor, Kellogg Park, Alden Dow Home and Studio
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

4
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Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (in Auburn) and Morse Reservoir (in Cicero). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Room to Escape, let the kids burn off some steam at Kreager Park, look for gifts at DeBrand Fine Chocolates, and browse the collection at Allen County Public Library.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fort Wayne sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Detroit to Fort Wayne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fort Wayne can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Morse Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Room to Escape ©
Room to Escape
Allen County Public Library ©
Allen County Public Library

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Empire Bluff Trail), Cross Country Ski Headquarters (in Roscommon) and Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing (in Frederic). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Fort Wayne to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Traverse City are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Empire, Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Suttons Bay Ciders, Ludington State Park, Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Cross Country Ski Headquarters ©
Cross Country Ski Headquarters

4
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Petoskey side-trips: Mackinac Bridge (in Saint Ignace), 40 Mile Point Lighthouse (in Rogers City) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). The adventure continues: stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, fly down the slopes at Nub's Nob, do a tasting at Burnt Marshmallow Brewing, and get into the urban bustle at Bay View Association.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Petoskey road trip app .

Drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Petoskey sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Alpena, Mackinac Bridge, 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Tommy's Ski and Wake School
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Aspen Park ©
Aspen Park

4
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Explore Manistique's surroundings by going to Munising (UP-Scale Art, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, & more) and Marquette (Presque Isle Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, & more). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Palms Book State Park and contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring).

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manistique holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Manistique takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Manistique are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Munising, Marquette
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Michigan State University (in East Lansing). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and examine the collection at Montague Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids road trip site .

Getting from Manistique to Grand Rapids by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, Grand Rapids is somewhat warmer than Manistique - with highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Kilwins Chocolates, Sanctuary Spirits, Bell's Comstock Brewery, Michigan State University
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Joseph: South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, & more), Century of Progress Architectural District (in Beverly Shores) and The Nappanee Center (in Nappanee). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel, walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, fly down the slopes at Swiss Valley Ski Area, and take an in-depth tour of La Porte County Historical Society Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph trip itinerary website .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saint Joseph are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

South Bend, Swiss Valley Ski Area, Ruthmere, Butler Winery, The Nappanee Center
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
University of Notre Dame ©
University of Notre Dame

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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 Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, walk around Millennium Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chicago vacation planner .

Take a train from Saint Joseph to Chicago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. January in Chicago sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
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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