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Pere Marquette


Chicago - Benton Harbor - Grand Rapids

The Pere Marquette service by Amtrak offers a scenic journey between Chicago, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Experience the beauty of the Midwest as the train travels through picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and the stunning shores of Lake Michigan.

Relax in comfortable seating and enjoy amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and power outlets. With the Pere Marquette service, Amtrak provides a convenient and enjoyable way to explore the cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and natural beauty of Western Michigan.

4 hours

Trip Time

176 mi (283 km)

Trip Length



Route Highlights

Chicago, Illinois: Beginning in the vibrant city of Chicago, travelers can explore the architectural wonders, including Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center, and the art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. The stunning waterfront along Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park with its famous Cloud Gate sculpture offer picturesque cityscapes and outdoor enjoyment.

Glenview, Illinois: Glenview's quaint suburban charm is an appealing contrast to the bustling city of Chicago. The Grove, a National Historic Landmark, showcases early American heritage, and the Kohl Children's Museum provides interactive exhibits for families. The city offers parks and recreation areas that celebrate the natural beauty of the region.

St. Joseph, Michigan: As the train moves toward Michigan, it passes through St. Joseph, located along the shores of Lake Michigan. Silver Beach County Park offers a sandy beach and beautiful sunset views, and the city's downtown is dotted with boutiques and art galleries. Nearby vineyards and wineries add to the area's appeal.

Bangor, Michigan: Bangor, known as the "Gateway to the South Haven," provides a glimpse of small-town life. The town's agricultural roots are visible in surrounding orchards and farms, and its historic downtown offers local shopping experiences. Bangor's connection to the nearby Van Buren Trail State Park provides opportunities for hiking and biking.

Holland, Michigan: Famous for its Dutch heritage, Holland boasts the Windmill Island Gardens, where an authentic Dutch windmill stands. Tulip Time Festival, celebrated in May, paints the town with vibrant colors, and the sandy shores of Holland State Park offer beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The city's Dutch architecture and heritage museums create a unique cultural experience.

Grand Rapids, Michigan: The final destination is Grand Rapids, known for its thriving arts scene and craft beer industry. The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park showcases remarkable art and botanical beauty, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts impressive collections. The Grand River running through the city provides scenic waterfront areas, and historic neighborhoods like Heritage Hill add to the city's charm.


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