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Chicago and where else?

Apologies for such a stupid question, I have been caught out before thinking somewhere was down the road on a map then found it was 6 hours away!

We plan to visit Chicago in June, then we have about another 2 weeks once we leave Chicago. We plan to have 4-5 nights in the city. We plan to hire a car, and would like to go to about 3 other places, with no more than 200 miles between each place. We like quirky places, good food. I have no desire to hike in any way!

Any suggestions great fully received.we are 30 somethings.

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11. Re: Chicago and where else?

The great lakes road trip and galena/Dubuque are good. I would also fit in Springfield, IL--3 hours south of Chicago, a lot of Abraham Lincoln history there. The Lincoln Museum is new and modern, you can tour Lincoln's house in Springfield. Even if you aren't a big Lincoln fan, it's a nice snapshot into American politics. Don't miss the whispering gallery where you walk through and hear what people whispered on the streets to each other about historical figures. Also, don't miss Lincoln's bloody glove on display from the night he was assassinated.

Edited: 12:30 pm, December 25, 2013
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12. Re: Chicago and where else?

yes, by not visiting between the coasts, you have missed out on a lot..... it's a shame you don't wanna do any hiking in any way.... because there are some awesome destinations within a 6-7 hour drive from here that are best seen by doing at least a *little* hiking, or at least strolling.... unless you're confined to wheelchairs, if you're not open to at least a little hike, say less than a km, you are really selling yourselves short....

at any rate, here is all you need to know about visiting between the coasts.....actually, it's about visiting the 3rd coast, or fresh coast....

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-c183176/United-S…

if this doesn't interest you (and a can't understand why it wouldn't), then i suggest road tripping out west and visiting yellowstone, grand teton, jackson hole, glacier national park, the black hills and the badlands.... again, you might hafta hike (or stroll) a km or so to have a quality visit of these places.....

Edited: 10:06 pm, December 25, 2013
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13. Re: Chicago and where else?

You could drive up the west coast of Michigan, lots of great little towns, my 2 favorites are Saugatuck (near the bottom) and Traverse City (near the top of the lower peninsula). Then travel into the upper peninsula. Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island (no cars allowed), Sault Ste Marie with the Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls (don't know of any way to do that one without at least a little hiking) pictured rock area near Munising. Travel back down I-75 all the way to Detroit, then fly out of DTW (Detroit Metro). You could also drive up the East coast of Wisconsin, then reach the western end of the Michigan upper peninsula from there, and travel across the UP and then cross the Mackinac bridge back into lower Michigan. Either of those trips would be much more than 200 miles of driving, and very little of it would be on express way, so the traveling is very slow, but very scenic. Another option would be skip the car altogether and charter a boat and hit all the towns along lake Michigan that way. You should be able to find plenty of options for that from Chicago or Lake Michigan boat charters.

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Thank you for all your help, it is really appreciated.we are quite happy walking about and are not disabled. We do not enjoy walking for miles up hills, but happy walking upto 5 miles a day if there are things to look at and cafés to stop in on the way.

Our favourite holidays ( so far!)have been in cape cod . We enjoy the quirky little towns, wildlife and the local history. I was also rather taken with Newport in Rhode Island anywhere on the Maine Coast. We are also rather partial to cake shops, shopping,and a good Ralph Lauren outlet shop.

We were planning to come for June. We usually come to your side of the Atlantic in May/ June then somewhere in mainland Europe in September. There is no reason why we could not swop this round if we would have better weather in September. For us, better weather is " sunglasses and cardigan" weather if that makes sense. We are not sun worshippers.

We also like watching sports in America. What would be in season in June or September and who is worth watching?

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15. Re: Chicago and where else?

June and September is during baseball season. Both the major and minor leagues pay during that time.

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16. Re: Chicago and where else?

In June, school is out and tourists abound.

September can be lovely weather-wise and tourist families have gone back home (school). It's sweater (cardigan) weather. There are more adults (empty nesters) travelling in Sept. Since Sept is the cusp of High Season, prices start to go down.

Cupcakes are a new food fad, Ralph Lauren stores are omnipresent and they make goods especially for their "factory discount" stores (which are everywhere as long as it's slightly inconvenient), other stores put their summer goods on sale to make room for the winter goods.

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17. Re: Chicago and where else?

Door County, Wisconsin is dubbed the "cape cod of the Midwest"--quirky little towns with charming names like Egg Harbor. This area is 4 hours north of Chicago--and on your way, you could stop at the numerous outlet stores that have Ralph Lauren and all kinds of other things. If you come in June, you could stop in Milwaukee, and attend summerfest--their big summer lakefront party. If you come in September, the changing leave colors is extraordinary. If you do make this trip up to Door County, you could also take a ferryboat, car and all, across the lake and dock in Michigan and explore the little towns there as well.

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18. Re: Chicago and where else?

Memphis and New Orleans are good options, but the rest of the places I would not make a special trip to. I second the idea of (going north) a Michigan circle (Great Lakes). Beautiful area, maybe try to rent a cottage on the lake? These book up quickly though.

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19. Re: Chicago and where else?

First thing that comes to mind would be Milwaukee. Great town. Nice people. Great food. Chill bars.

Louisville is a fantastic town too but it is more like 300 miles. If you did make the trek there is a ton to do there. Lots of museums, restaurants, shops, bars. If it is the summer time there are river front events and the horse races too.

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20. Re: Chicago and where else?

We really liked LakeShore which is about two hours away in Michigan. We stayed in a great inn that had a trail downto a great beach and there were some great restaurants. It was very campy. There is great hiking in the two state parks with the dunes and inland there are wineries. if you have more time you can go further north on Lake Michigan.