9 days in Illinois, Saint Joseph & New Era Itinerary

9 days in Illinois, Saint Joseph & New Era Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Saint Joseph
— 2 nights
New Era
— 1 night
Drive to General Mitchell International Airport, Fly to Ben Gurion International Airport, Drive to Jerusalem



— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in August, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Saint Joseph

— 2 nights
St. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, then kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, then stroll through Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and finally get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Weko Beach Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Warren Dunes State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at New Buffalo Public Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint Joseph online tour planner.

Drive from Chicago to Saint Joseph in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Saint Joseph. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to New Era.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

New Era

— 1 night
New Era is a village in Shelby Township, Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): experience rural life at Country Dairy, experience rural life at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo, and then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Double JJ Resort.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New Era tour planning website.

Getting from Saint Joseph to New Era by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Era

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Illinois travel guide

Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

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.