60 days in Southwest Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Southwest Michigan Itinerary

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Battle Creek
— 18 nights
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Saugatuck
— 21 nights
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New Buffalo
— 20 nights
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Battle Creek — 18 nights

Battle Creek is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, in northwest Calhoun County, at the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Battle Creek: Kalamazoo (Mountain Home Cemetery, Confections with Convictions, &more), Grand Ledge (Fitzgerald Park & Sanctuary Spirits) and Mattawan (Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery & Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Horrock's, see the interesting displays at Air Zoo, walk around Historic Bridge Park, and try to win big at Firekeeper's Casino.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Battle Creek trip site.

Chicago to Battle Creek is an approximately 3-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Battle Creek sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saugatuck.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Saugatuck — 21 nights

Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Saugatuck's surroundings by going to Allegan (Allegan Antiques Market, Allegan County Historical Society, &more), Bittersweet Ski Resort (in Otsego) and South Haven (Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, Bumbleberry Acres, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach, learn about winemaking at Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room, stroll around Coghlin Park, and make a trip to Mount Baldhead Park.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saugatuck trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Battle Creek to Saugatuck takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Saugatuck can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to New Buffalo.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

New Buffalo — 20 nights

New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore New Buffalo's surroundings by going to Saint Joseph (Silver Beach County Park, St. Joseph Lighthouses, &more), Coloma (Jollay Orchards, Grandpa's Cider Mill, &more) and Benton Harbor (Harbor Shores, 12 Corners Vineyards, &more). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Four Winds Casino, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, tour the pleasant surroundings at New Buffalo Public Beach, and play a few rounds at Whittaker Woods Golf Club.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New Buffalo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saugatuck to New Buffalo takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saugatuck to New Buffalo. In February, daytime highs in New Buffalo are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.
Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips