What’s the best route from Texas to Michigan?

I live in Texas, and I’m planning a trip to Michigan to visit family in the summer. I have two kids who aren’t great with long-distance drives—what’s the best way to get there?

Andrea Barrett · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Kids can be challenging to travel with, and the drive from
is long! However, there are plenty of great stops along the 20-hour trek to break up the drive! The best route from Texas to Michigan is along I-44 E for a distance of 1,379 miles.
The exact route will depend on your start and end cities, but generally speaking, you will take I-44 to I-55 to I-80 I-94.
Here are some ideas for cities to stop in along the way and things to do:
  • Scissortail Park
  • Oklahoma City Zoo’s Sanctuary Asia
  • Conestoga Wagons & Teepees at Orr Family Farm
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Gateway Arch
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • EAT Saint Louis Food Tours
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • Kohl Children’s Museum
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Chicago Riverwalk
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