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Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

Schaumburg, Illinois
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Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

We are 3. 2 Adults and 1 kid, 9 year old. Planning to drive from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island.

We usually use Google Maps in phone for directions. But I read a lot of suggestions in this forum on taking scenic drives, attractions on the way, etc. But I don't know how to take that route when depending on Google Maps.

If someone could point us with Google Maps Directions from Schaumberg, IL to Meckinaw City with the scenic routes and attractions on the way, that would be helpful.

We'll start early in the morning around 8 and want to reach to hotel by 9.

Some of the mentions in the forums are, US 31 (how to get here?), M 22, Sleeping Bear dunes, etc.

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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1. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

How about a good old Rand-McNalley road atlas? Only a few bucks at Wal-Mart.

Little Rock...
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2. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

If you go to the TA Michigan Forum page (computer, not phone app), on the right side of the page are FAQ & Answers. One is "Scenic route from Traverse City to Mackinaw City (with a Google Maps link).

There is a small glitch just North Harbor Springs, but you just stay on M-119 where the map has a goofy loop.

Whith lunch and shopping/sightseeing stops, one could spend the entire day on this leg.

Remember that this entire route (and the much of the scenic route from SW Michigan) is a lot of 2-lane roads that go through touristy small towns and small cities, so travel can be slow and congested, especially on weekends.

Edited: 03 August 2018, 02:42
Little Rock...
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3. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

This question is asked often, and recently too. If you search the Michigan Forum for "scenic route" you will probably get some other/ good information.

Wickenburg, Arizona
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4. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

First, the OP needs to find their way to Traverse City.

Little Rock...
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5. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

Ugh ... Editing bugs ...

This question is asked often, and recently too (coming from Chicago and Milwaukee). If you search the Michigan Forum for "scenic route" you will probably get some other/ good information.

PS welcome to Trip Advisor

Grand Rapids...
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6. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

Remember a few things. Even 13 hours goes fast when in Chicago morning rush hour, losing an hour coming into Michigan (eastern time zone) and pit stops. Also know the route your looking at (31/22/119/22/31) will add ALOT of time. The scenery, with some exceptions, are off the road on short hikes. Sleeping Bear Dunes is an area most people explore for atleast a full day. And The Tunnel Of Trees will eat up time too.

I would highly consider a couple other options. One, go through the UP on the northern route. Time isnt much more and much more scenery will be seen right from the road. Two. If taking the south route, consider a stop at Warren Dunes and Saugatuck, quick exploring without going out of your way.

I think your origanal plan is going to be just too much to handle. More so starting from your location in morning rush hour.

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7. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

i'd say it's doable IF you leave EARLY....like before the morning rush, or on a sunday morning....

just so you know, a few weeks back, it took us 5 1/2 HOURS to get from the near north 'burbs to south haven, leaving midday, supposedly when traffic is lighter.... it took 3 HOURS just to get to the indiana border.... normally, south haven should take 2.5 hours..... but gut wrenching traffic much of any given day is the new normal, so unless you take my advice and leave REALLY EARLY, plan on the possibility of taking 2 days for this drive....

Edited: 03 August 2018, 03:49
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8. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Schaumburg,+IL/Mackinaw+City,+MI/@43.4600899,-87.04557,7z/data=!4m36!4m35!1m25!1m1!1s0x880faf88436224e5:0x43bd31cd678f7351!2m2!1d-88.0834059!2d42.0333607!3m4!1m2!1d-86.3955187!2d43.718367!3s0x881bf8415293cd53:0x4e57ef3243ee5fb2!3m4!1m2!1d-86.1046197!2d44.5120508!3s0x881e703b524b7479:0xb2646ae7380e7cd7!3m4!1m2!1d-85.6345911!2d44.7628458!3s0x881e32849feb42ad:0x374f471c2e4bbc06!3m4!1m2!1d-85.3489057!2d45.2156712!3s0x4d4ae82d22f56149:0xd8780bf76806cdd0!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d358b3940a9ad83:0xeac771ab20cc7a7a!2m2!1d-84.7271465!2d45.7774987!2m1!3b1!3e0?hl=en

Grand Rapids...
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9. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

shorturl.at/itPRV not sure if it will work or not. Sorry Grdault, looks like it just links to the fastest routes.

Edited: 03 August 2018, 04:51
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10. Re: Driving from Schaumberg, IL to Mackinac island-help w/ route

Another question is where is your arrival hotel? Mackinaw City or Mackinac Island? If it’s on the island, you have to plan for time at the ferry docks, the journey there, etc.

I agree with Francis. If you want to drive up the west side of the state, I’d take the faster US 31 all the way north to Manistee, hop on M-22 scenic route to 109 at Sleeping Bear Dunes-again pull up detailed route on this forum-after seeing the dunes, spend the night somewhere around there(Traverse City maybe?) and head to Mackinac hotel in the morning. You can’t speed thru there. M-22/109 are coastal scenic highways full of curves and hills, not to mention small towns and places to stop and see. If you’re incredibly ambitious you could do this in a day, especially if you chopped off the northern bit thru Lellenau Peninsula and tunnel of trees but I think you’ll be tired and cranky once you reach your final destination. Buy an Atlas. It will help you orient yourself to that part of the state and you’ll see what we all mean.

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