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Chicago to Detroit drive

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  Chicago
 Indiana Dunes State Park (Dunes Nature Preserve)
 Saint Joseph (Michigan)
 Fairfield Inn Kalamazoo West
 Marshall (Michigan)
 Waterloo State Recreation Area
   Detroit 
driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Chicago to Detroit road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Chicago to Detroit. If you're planning a road trip to Detroit, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Chicago and Detroit. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Chicago and Detroit. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Chicago
drive for about 50 minutes

11:50 am  Indiana Dunes State Park (Dunes Nature Preserve)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:50 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

1:46 pm  Saint Joseph (Michigan)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:46 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:47 pm  stay at Fairfield Inn Kalamazoo West
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Fairfield Inn Kalamazoo West
drive for about 52 minutes

11:52 am  Marshall (Michigan)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:52 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

1:49 pm  Waterloo State Recreation Area
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:49 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:08 pm  arrive in Detroit

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Indiana Dunes State Park (Dunes Nature Preserve)  (4 mentions)

Saint Joseph (Michigan)  (2 answers)

Fairfield Inn Kalamazoo West

Marshall (Michigan)  (2 answers)

Waterloo State Recreation Area


Where's the best place to eat in Detroit?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Slows Bar-B-Q, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Want to research more popular restaurants in Detroit? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Detroit?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Comerica Park  (4 mentions)
Greektown Casino-Hotel  (4 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Detroit. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Detroit?  (11 answers)

profile  Kristin from asked:
Places to stay in Detroit  (7 answers)

profile  Casey from Cambridge (Massachusetts) asked:
What is there to see in Detroit?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Detroit.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Detroit to Chicago drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Chicago? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Chicago.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Chicago to Detroit. Or get a full Chicago to Detroit flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Chicago well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Chicago!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 281 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 17 minutes
Detroit is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
306 Chicago travel answers
2 Saint Joseph (Michigan) travel answers
2 Marshall (Michigan) travel answers
30 Detroit travel answers





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