9 days in Chicago & Mackinac Island Itinerary

9 days in Chicago & Mackinac Island Itinerary

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9 days in Chicago & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Start: Detroit Lakes
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: Detroit Lakes

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, and steep yourself in history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Navy Pier ©
Navy Pier

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

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Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Chicago to Mackinac Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Mackinac Island due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Mackinac Island at 73°F and lows at 58°F. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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