Chicago to Duluth Road Trip Guide


Chicago’s beauty is sporadic. One day the city will be impressing you with its topnotch museums and architectural marvels, and on another day, you’ll find yourself in awe of its spirited nightlife, diverse entertainment options, and the ever-blooming botanic gardens.

When it comes to the 'food scene' in Chicago, IL, it’s hard to pick a favorite dining destination because every restaurant and every street vendor excels at what they do. The people of this big city in Illinois are largely humble and welcoming souls, with neighborhoods closely knitted together and tight communities that make for an almost town-like atmosphere where everyone knows one another.

Whether you are here seeking adventure, solitude, or relaxation the city offers it all. Enjoy the Formal Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, and the landscape beneath the Brown Line Station. Dip your toes in the shimmering lake or cruise upon its waters enjoying waterfront views of the mesmerizing Chicago skyline. For something more adventurous don’t forget to take a trip to the underground coal mines.

Once you have your fill of Chicago and want to go out and explore its surrounding regions pack your RVs and embark on a weekend getaway to the picturesque city of Duluth, MN. They are many ways to get to Duluth but we recommend making a few detours along the way as you travel along the I-90 W and US-53 N.

While Chicago has the big city energy, Duluth is the big town around Lake Superior that is a pro at winning everyone’s heart. Plenty of water-based and outdoor recreational activities are available here, as well as other unique attractions that will make you fall in love with this small city.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: family

Point of Interest

Solon Springs

When traveling from one big city to another, why not make your road trip a little more diverse and stop by the beautiful village of Solon Springs in Wisconsin. This quaint village in beautiful Wisconsin features many attractions.

The village has an 18-hole golf course called Hidden Greens North that is well manicured and has doglegs, trees, and water to keep you content for a few hours. Unwind yourself and enjoy the calming Brule River State Forest with canoeing, fishing, and boating activities. Hunting enthusiasts too will love this village for its bear, deer, and turkey hunting opportunities.

To enjoy great food in the company of good people, head to the Little Coffee House or to the KD’s Family Restaurant for a hearty meal at any time of the day. In winters, the village is alive with tons of visitors and locals that flock here to enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing among other things.

Carson Park

Carson Park is a favorite of the Eau Claire locals and a well-kept secret. The moment you enter the park, the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues in the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum will be the first things to grab your attention.

If you are seeking solitude, privacy, and comfort head to Braun’s Bay to enjoy the same luxurious feelings that you get when you stay at a cabin. You can also access the lake from here and enjoy kayaking and canoeing.

Carson Park also lures anglers as it offers excellent fishing opportunities in the magical Half Moon Lake. The lake also features an accessible fishing pier. The park also has a playground for keeping the young ones entertained.

Don’t worry about getting bored here. If you are done with the outdoor activities the playground also has a few choice rides for keeping adults occupied and thoroughly entertained.

Lake Kegonsa State Park

After the kids are exhausted its time to hop back in your RVs or motorhomes and drive on out of Chicago. After a stretch of two hours of driving (plenty of time for your kids to take a nap), you’ll reach your second destination at Lake Kegonsa State Park in Madison, WI.

We strongly suggest fishing enthusiasts make a stop here and spend some time enjoying the rewarding fishing opportunities at Lake Kegonsa. ‘Kegonsa’ itself means ‘many fish’ hence, it’s a fitting place to teach young ones the art of fishing and see their joy as they are rewarded for their efforts.

The state park offers waterfront RV camping sites and a great place to set up camp for the night. The 32-acres state park offers fishing piers, boat launches, and swimming areas for you to enjoy all kinds of water activities.

Cross country skiing, ski skating, and sledding are also permitted in the state park during winter for all locals, campers, and road trippers to enjoy. When you feel the need to explore the surrounding nature, pick one of the many trails and enjoy hiking with the family.

Navy Pier

To get into the mood of a road trip and to prepare yourself for all the fun ahead, we suggest starting off with a little entertainment in the city you are in. If you are embarking on this RV road trip with family and have kids you must first burn up that excess energy and excitement by stopping at Navy Pier.

If you haven’t heard of it before, suffice it to say that it is one of Chicago’s top attractions. Begin your thrilling trip to the Navy Pier with the Centennial Wheel, a carousel inspired by a 1920’s musical that soars 200 feet in the air. The Ferris wheel that you see on Chicago’s skyline is the Centennial Wheel!

Next, head to Chicago’s full sensory maze. The Funhouse Maze makes you navigate through 4000 square feet of passageways that are designed to make you lose your way again and again until you finally make it through.

Chicago’s Children’s Museum, cruises on Lake Michigan and Chicago River, the Crystal Garden, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater are just some of the many attractions found at Navy Pier making it the spotlight of Chicago and something that can surely not be missed!


Minnesota’s fourth-largest city, Duluth has a lot to offer to its visitors. You can stay here for a long time and still explore something new every day. If you end up finishing your road trip just in time for breakfast, we suggest you head straight to Lake Superior Bakehouse for some freshly baked delicacies.

Do not step out of this port city until you have paid a visit to the Glensheen Estate, a 27,000 square foot mansion with 39 rooms and a classic representative of Midwestern architectural style. That isn’t the only reason why Glensheen Estate is a must-visit, the estate also has a dark history for being a double murder site in 1977 and has some very peculiar displays.

Quench your thirst for adventure, history, and the great outdoors on this epic weekend RV road trip!

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