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Apr 26th, 2012, 04:03 AM
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Overnight trips from Chicago - looking for suggestions...

Hi,
I'm looking for suggestions for a 2 night trip out of Chicago. We're an early forties couple spending a week in the windy city (May 12-21) and are considering renting a car to get out of the city for a night or two as we'll have lots of time to explore Chicago. We're fairly active and enjoy outdoor activities, scenic drives, shorelines, water activities, sightseeing options as well as unique and interesting areas to explore. Any recommendations for nice places to visit and explore along lake Michigan? or inland for something interesting?
Thanks to all!
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Apr 26th, 2012, 06:41 AM
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You may want to consider New Buffalo, MI area.

You can rent a car as it's a short drive but you may want to take Amtrak train instead.

http://www.harborcountry.org/
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Apr 26th, 2012, 06:54 AM
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There are 7 Hiawatha Service trains per day from Chicago to Milwaukee. Fare for 2 is $46 or less with a discount. AAA?
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Apr 26th, 2012, 08:13 AM
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watch this video

http://www.harborcountry.org/videos/

and look at the pics

http://www.harborcountry.org/through_your_lens/

and it's less than 2 hours away from beautiful downtown Chicago
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Apr 26th, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Thanks, i'll check those links out. Milwaukee is definitely not going to be a possibility, hubby is spending the previous week there for busineess, so looking for elsewhere to visit and explore...
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Apr 26th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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You might want to check out Door County in Wisconsin. I think it is about a 5-6 hour drive depending on whether you poke along the lakefront or take the highway. Great place for walks, scenery, and fish. It sort of reminds us of the Bar Harbor area in Maine without the salt water smell.
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Apr 26th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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I've never been there but my chicago sister in law loves going to Galena once in a while. It look s nice and has rolling hills so the scenery must be pretty. You might want to google "covered bridges " in case there are some on a side route on the way. Here is one website I found:

http://www.coveredbridgemap.com/il/

http://www.visitgalena.org/index.cfm
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Apr 26th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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When we lived in Chicago we used to take short trips to Door County,WI, American Club in Kohler,WI and New Buffalo, MI. We alos went to Galena once but moved on after a few hlurs.
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Apr 29th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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Drive around Lake Michigan to Saugatuck and Douglas. Great little downtown areas. Or Detroit is only 5 hours from Chicago. We have The Henry Ford which has an indoor museum and an outdoor village. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Rouge Plant has tours. Great dining options.
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Apr 29th, 2012, 04:24 PM
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We recently visited Ann Arbor. It is a lovely town and not too far from Detroit.
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May 1st, 2012, 11:39 AM
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Starved Rock State Park is very popular and not far. You can rent bikes downtown and ride 7 miles north or 10 miles south on the lakefront.

http://chicagovisitor.net/
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