6 days in Chicago & Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Chicago & Michigan Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Saint Joseph
— 2 nights



— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, make a trip to Cloud Gate, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chicago. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Saint Joseph

— 2 nights
St. On the 15th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, then walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and finally get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Weko Beach Park, then don't miss a visit to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame.

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Traveling by car from Chicago to Saint Joseph takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint Joseph, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.