Detroit to Madison Road Trip Guide


Most famous for its ties with the automobile industry, the city of Detroit needs no introduction. Not only is it the largest city in Michigan, but it is also a leader in music, cuisine, arts, and sports. And that’s not all; Detroit is known for its several stunning architectural masterpieces that enhance the city, catching the eye and attracting the attention of both residents and tourists.

Another thing to note is that this city has great weather and a lot of beautiful attractions. This means that there’s something to do for every outgoing person and the indoor enthusiasts who spend time here.

Embarking on an RV road trip to Madison from here will take you across some major towns and cities where you will come in contact with various cultures and customs. When you arrive at Madison, you’ll definitely want to find time for this beautiful city built on an isthmus. It is a center point for all things outdoors with several parks and gardens. What’s more, the city overlooks four lakes, so you can be sure that you’ll be treated to lots of fantastic views.

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

Point of Interest

Millennium Park, Chicago

Chicago, one of the busiest cities in the country, definitely has a different vibe and aura. It would be a crime for you to pass through this city without making a stopover and there’s no better place to relax and have some fun than at the Millennium Park.

Home to one of the most beautiful architectural designs of all time, this park is a hot spot for tourists and residents. The park offers a variety of activities that can engage and involve the entire family.

See a variety of sculptures and exhibits combined with the scenic landscape put together by seasoned artists that give the park its ambiance. Walk through the Lurie Garden and enjoy the serenity of this park.

While you’re here, make it a point of duty to visit the Chicago Cultural Centre or the Art Institute of Chicago and discover the arts, music, history, and culture of the Chicago people.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Enjoy nature at this park, located about 50 miles east of Chicago. The giant sand dunes that were formed over 10,000 years ago give a unique landscape to the park and would always be nothing short of spectacular. A beauty to behold!

Explore the trails across different dunes in the park, some of the dunes reaching a height of about 200 feet and see what nature has in store for you. This park has great biodiversity, featuring more than 1,000 native plants on the parklands, and as such is a different way for you to connect with nature. Indulge in activities such as bird watching, wildlife viewing and lots more.

If you decide to spend the night, the park has several campgrounds and RV spots overlooking the lakes with a peaceful serenity where you can turn in for the night.

Potawatomi Zoo

Imagine learning about animals and wildlife conservation while having fun. Superb! This zoo, the oldest in Indiana, does just that and more. With almost 500 animals native and exotic, this is not a place to miss.

The zoo has a lot of attractions for kids and supplements its exhibits with educational programs, train rides and lots more. Adults are not left behind too as they get to see some of the rarest animals on the planet. A visit here is a wonderful way to spend time with the family. In addition, you can have a picnic, organize a small party and the children can ride a carousel.

To have a better feel of the city and get to know the area, check out The History Museum where you can learn about how the history of this city and Indiana. Enjoy a meal from the local cuisine and don’t forget to get some souvenirs!

Sparks Foundation County Park

This park is the home of fun in Jackson, Michigan, as it combines man-made waterfalls with several facilities such as a golf course, splash pad, an events center, and bicycle trails. Rest assured you’ll be wowed when you visit the waterfall, which is illuminated at night, made to flow at music-set speed, and amplified by fireworks.

Explore the Falling Waters trail at the park which is suitable for running, cycling or walking and has a scenic overlook. The park is definitely enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Have a picnic with the family in the picnic shelter or enjoy fishing at the fishing pier. Spend the day in sunshine cooling at the splash pad or visit the park at night for family night fun. Any way you choose, there’s a lot of goodness to soak up as the park is packed with things to do. Take some pictures and keep the memory alive!


Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin. It lies west of Milwaukee and is best known as Wisconsin’s Capital. Madison sits between lakes Mendoza and Monona. It has a lot of beautiful attractions.

Visit the farmers market, take a stroll through Olbrich Botanical Gardens, or see the gorgeous Capitol Building. Make sure you grab an ice cream while making your way through the city. Madison has some of the best vacation spots in the state. The scenery is so awesome that you will agree that the trip is an experience to treasure. And you will definitely ask for more!

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