Weekend trips from Detroit

  1. Pittsburgh / Columbus
  2. Chicago / Lexington
  3. Cincinnati / Madison
  4. Milwaukee / Louisville

For any of these trips, you could visit just the first or second destination if you want to do less driving and spend more time in the area.

The longest trip is about 22 hours of total driving, so you may want to plan to do this over a long weekend.


Trip idea #1: Detroit → Pittsburgh → Columbus → Detroit


Detroit to Pittsburgh
leave Detroit on Friday
52 minutes → Luna Pier
58 minutes → Port Clinton
1.5 hours → Cleveland
46 minutes → Akron
50 minutes → Youngstown
53 minutes → Cranberry Township
22 minutes → Pittsburgh (stay Friday night)
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6 hours of driving

Pittsburgh to Columbus
leave Pittsburgh on Saturday
59 minutes → Wheeling
1 hour → The Rock Café
38 minutes → Zanesville
59 minutes → New Albany
23 minutes → Columbus (stay Saturday night)
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4 hours of driving

Columbus to Detroit
leave Columbus on Sunday
50 minutes → Dublin
44 minutes → Mount Gilead
37 minutes → Upper Sandusky
53 minutes → Fostoria
1 hour → Toledo
22 minutes → Detroit (back home)
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4.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 14.5 hours of driving.


Trip idea #2: Detroit → Chicago → Lexington → Detroit


Detroit to Chicago
leave Detroit on Friday
43 minutes → Ann Arbor
1 hour → Marshall
41 minutes → Kalamazoo
57 minutes → Saint Joseph
56 minutes → Indiana Dunes State Park
50 minutes → Chicago (stay Friday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

Chicago to Lexington
leave Chicago on Saturday
1.5 hours → Remington
1.5 hours → Indianapolis
1 hour → Nashville
60 minutes → Scottsburg
1.5 hours → Frankfort
43 minutes → Lexington (stay Saturday night)
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7.5 hours of driving

Lexington to Detroit
leave Lexington on Sunday
48 minutes → Williamstown
49 minutes → Cincinnati
1.5 hours → Dayton
37 minutes → Lima
51 minutes → Findlay
1 hour → Toledo
54 minutes → Detroit (back home)
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6.5 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 19 hours of driving.


Trip idea #3: Detroit → Cincinnati → Madison → Detroit


Detroit to Cincinnati
leave Detroit on Friday
52 minutes → Luna Pier
42 minutes → Bowling Green
1 hour → Lima
52 minutes → Piqua
1.5 hours → Montgomery Inn-Ribs King
23 minutes → Cincinnati (stay Friday night)
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5.5 hours of driving

Cincinnati to Madison
leave Cincinnati on Saturday
1 hour → Greensburg
58 minutes → Indianapolis
56 minutes → Crawfordsville
2 hours → Gary
1 hour → Schaumburg
1 hour → Rockford
1.5 hours → Madison (stay Saturday night)
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8.5 hours of driving

Madison to Detroit
leave Madison on Sunday
1.5 hours → Rockford
50 minutes → Chicago
56 minutes → Indiana Dunes State Park
1.5 hours → Saint Joseph
1 hour → Marshall
43 minutes → Ann Arbor
1.5 hours → Detroit (back home)
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8 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 22 hours of driving.


Trip idea #4: Detroit → Milwaukee → Louisville → Detroit


Detroit to Milwaukee
leave Detroit on Friday
43 minutes → Ann Arbor
1.5 hours → Kalamazoo
2 hours → Indiana Dunes State Park
50 minutes → Chicago
1.5 hours → Milwaukee (stay Friday night)
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6.5 hours of driving

Milwaukee to Louisville
leave Milwaukee on Saturday
1.5 hours → Chicago Botanic Garden
1 hour → Gary
1 hour → Remington
1.5 hours → Indianapolis
1 hour → Nashville
60 minutes → Scottsburg
35 minutes → Louisville (stay Saturday night)
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7.5 hours of driving

Louisville to Detroit
leave Louisville on Sunday
59 minutes → Warsaw
49 minutes → Cincinnati
1.5 hours → Dayton
1.5 hours → Lima
1 hour → Toledo
1.5 hours → Detroit (back home)
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7 hours of driving

Total driving time for this trip is about 21 hours of driving.



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Discover weekend getaways from Detroit and explore places that are easily drivable for a short 3-day trip or a longer weekend if there's a holiday or you can get time off. Once you've picked a destination, you can search for alternate routes that might have more interesting stops along the way. If you're looking for all of the possible destinations, try searching for a radius of 50 miles from Detroit up to 200 miles from Detroit or anything in between. If you don't have enough time for a long weekend, try searching for day trips from Detroit, or you can make Detroit your destination instead. If you have more time, you can plan a drive from Detroit to Delaware.