A few times a year we fly from San Francisco to Chicago. We are now convinced that the best way to get to Saint Joseph, Mi is by train. The "Blue Line" metro train from ORD to Clayton. Walk two blocks to Union Station and take the Pierre-Marquette Amtrak train to Michigan.
Last time we decided to take the California Zephyr back home. Our neighbor Diane kindly picked us up from the Emeryville Station. This round trip was the best one of all.
Previously made commitments prevents us from doing this again. We plan on taking the train more often next year.
Perhaps a trip partially across Canada or Northern USA. We have definitely decided on an Amtrak rail pass so we can stop and smell the roses along our way.
The beach at Manastee, Michigan on Lake Michigan