8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Saint Joseph
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Silver Beach County Park and New Buffalo Public Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Joseph: South Bend (University of Notre Dame & Basilica of the Sacred Heart) and Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whirlpool Compass Fountain, enjoy the sea views from St. Joseph Lighthouses, and explore the engaging exhibits at Curious Kids' Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saint Joseph planner .

Chicago to Saint Joseph is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Saint Joseph dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Bend, Indiana Dunes State Park, New Buffalo Public Beach, Warren Dunes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Oval Beach and Nelis' Dutch Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Holland State Park Beach (in Holland) and Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails (in Zeeland). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, get lost in a book at Grand Rapids Public Library, and get to know the resident critters at John Ball Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids online holiday planner .

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Holland, Cascade Peace Park, Oval Beach, Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Room Escape Games
Nelis' Dutch Village ©
Nelis' Dutch Village

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