Your Chicago to Green Bay RV road trip takes you on adventure after adventure at a few of the Midwest's most fun and historic destinations including the Indiana Sand Dunes and Gateway Arch National Parks. Visits to the cities of Milwaukee and Sheboygan allow you to experience the essence of the Badger State at some authentic German biergartens, phenomenal cheese outlets, and quirky attractions. Fantastic points of interest take you on a road trip within a road trip around sparkling Lake Winnebago and a couple of must-explore towns filled with history and art.
Check out a couple of beautiful and historic national parks on your Chicago to Green Bay road trip.
Indiana Sand Dunes National Park
Indiana Sand Dunes National Park is just 55 minutes from Chicago and is well worth the slight detour. At this park, you'll have access to 50 miles of hiking and equestrian trails along with plenty of paved pathways for biking. If you're up for an adventure, you can take the three-dune challenge to the highest summits in the park and then relax and learn a bit of local history at the visitor center. In the evening, you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on Lake Michigan while you toast s'mores at one of the many picnic areas.
Gateway Arch National Park
Gateway Arch National Park is four hours and 35 minutes south of Chicago in St. Louis. Here, you can explore 91 historical acres that commemorate America's expansion to the West at the Museum at the Gateway Arch located underneath the towering structure. For the best view of the park and the city, hop into a retro elevator that keeps you upright as you ascend 630 feet inside the arch on the Tram Ride to the Top. Be sure to visit the Old Courthouse and watch the "Monument to the Dream" film in the Tucker Theater.
Enjoy plenty of outdoor adventure at a few state parks on your road trip from Chicago to Green Bay.
Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois Beach State Park stretches for 6.5 miles along the shores of Lake Michigan near Waukegan and has over 4,100 acres for you to explore. Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, fish at Sand Pond and hike or bike through wet prairies, marshes, and more sandy dunes. This park is also a great birdwatching spot, so be sure to have your binoculars handy.
Lakeshore State Park
Lakeshore State Park is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee and features paved and off-road hiking and biking trails as well as kayaking and fishing on Lake Michigan. The park's lakeside multi-use trail connects to other nearby parks and is perfect for skating and walking your pets.
Harrington Beach State Park
At Harrington Beach State Park, outside of Belgium, WI, just north of Milwaukee, you can enjoy another beautiful day swimming, boating, and fishing on Lake Michigan. On land, there are several hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails that lead you through wooded areas where you'll see plenty of wildlife and unique flora.
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum
Located near downtown Chicago, the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum features excellent tours of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author's first home. Inside, knowledgeable guides lead you through the Victorian-style house where you can view family artifacts and listen to stories of Hemingway's upbringing. Outside, you can enjoy the historical architecture of the home that was built by his maternal grandparents in the late 19th century.
On Lake Winnebago, you can go on a self-guided tour of a few quaint cities starting from the lake's southernmost point at Fond du Lac. From there, you can cruise up to Oshkosh, home of famed children's clothiers OshKosh B'gosh, and then up to Appleton, a surprisingly metropolitan berg with a vibrant nightlife. As you stop in each town, you'll experience the history of and beauty of the lake from the observation decks of the Fond du Lac and Asylum Point Lighthouses. Just offshore, you can view exquisite glass works of art at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Appleton and take a tour of the historic Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh.
Six Flags Great America
At Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL, outside of Waukegan, you'll experience nonstop thrills as you spend the day suspended upside down on some of the park's most daring rides, such as Raging Bull, Batman, X-Flight, and Demon. Take time to relax at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor for a few aquatic adventures on Hammerhead, Mega Wedgie, and Tornado, and then relax on Castaway Creek or shred on Surf Rider. Fantastic snack stands feature classic funnel cakes and cotton candy, turkey legs, churros, and nachos. Tasty slices and cold beer can be found at Al Capone's Kitchen.
Waukegan is a great place to kick back and relax like a local at a few of the city's most fun hotspots. The People's Choice Family Fun Center should be first on your Waukegan bucket list for a day of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, arcade gaming, and munching on pretzels and nachos at the 43,000 square-foot complex. Next up is the Waukegan History Museum where you can learn about the founding of the city and check out some artifacts and interactive exhibits. Head to Stretch's Sports Bar & Grill afterward for a couple of cold beers, yummy pub food, and bonding while rooting for your favorite sports teams. Finally, check out J's Reggae Bar in the evening for some primo dancing to some of the finest dancehall and reggae music.
MWR Navy Gateways RV Campground is conveniently located just 15 minutes south of Waukegan in North Chicago. At this campground, you'll have access to free Wi-Fi, plenty of picnic areas, a dump station and lovely views of Lake Michigan.
Milwaukee is a cheese-loving, premier beer destination that you'll definitely want to add to your Chicago to Green Bay road trip itinerary. Start your exploration on a leisurely sculpture walk down Wisconsin Avenue. Then, pop over to the Harley-Davidson Museum for the 115-year history of the iconic "hogs." A proper beer garden hop is in order at The Bavarian Bierhaus and Glass + Griddle, where you'll swear you were actually in German beer halls. An excellent follow up for a day spent sipping suds takes you to the Wisconsin Cheese Mart for some of the creamiest selections in the country. If you're feeling full, you can swing it off at the Swing Park that's directly under the Holton Street Bridge. More awesome things you'll want to do before departing are bowling at the oldest bowling alley in the U.S. in the basement of Holler House, drinking up while ghost hunting at Shaker's Cigar Bar, and touring the giant Pabst Mansion, the former home of the beloved PBR creator.
Wisconsin State Fair RV Park features 70 full-service campsites with quick access to top attractions and downtown via the MCTS Park & Ride Lot. This park also has water and propane fill stations as well as a dump station.
On your way through Sheboygan, make a pit stop at the Charcoal Inn for a double brat and the famous pistachio Susie-Q. Then, head to Bookworm Gardens, an amazing botanical oasis inspired by children's books. Wander over to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for the extraordinary rotating exhibits and contemporary art displays featured in 10 different galleries. For a one-of-a-kind art experience, check out the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden, and explore the grounds where Tellen placed 30 whimsical sculptures around his summer cottage. A quick journey to Deland Park treats you to some local history and lore about the Lottie Cooper, a famous schooner that capsized off the coast of Sheboygan in the late 19th century.
Kohler-Andrae State Park Campground is fantastic for an overnight stay. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore along Lake Michigan, and you'll find a dump station, a bathhouse, concessions, and a laundry room on site.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Chicago to Green Bay, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Chicago or Green Bay.