Travel & Sights – Battle Creek, MI

Travel & Sights – Battle Creek, MI

Getting to Battle Creek

The primary airports handling direct International travel are Detroit, Michigan (DTW) and Chicago, Illinois (ORD).  Detroit is located about 100 miles (160 km) East of Battle Creek and is an easy 1 ½ hour to 2 hour drive on I-94.  Chicago O’Hare airport is located about 200 miles (320 km) West of Battle Creek and travel time approximates 3 ½ hours but could  vary greatly depending on rush hour traffic.  Travel by train from Chicago is available directly to Battle Creek.

Other airports located closer to Battle Creek are Kalamazoo (AZO) and Grand Rapids (GRR).

Battle Creek

Known as “Cereal City,” Battle Creek is located in Calhoun County off I-94 between Chicago and Detroit. Battle Creek has a proud history and promising future of providing the world’s leading food brands, research and training. We’re home to Kellogg Company’s world headquarters, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the International Food Protection Training Institute. Battle Creek has many other major corporate members of our community including Post Cereals, Ralcorp, Denso, II Stanley, and Duncan Aviation. The city is revitalizing downtown to accommodate food science and other innovation industries. Battle Creek’s Air National Guard Base, commercial airport and industrial park are diversifying our economy and attracting worldwide businesses for military, aviation, aerospace and alternative energy.

Nearby rivers, forests, parks and the world-class Binder Zoo make our city a family friendly area for outdoor play. The Battle Creek Linear Park offers a beautiful and safe trail for walking, jogging, cycling, and skating. It joins many picturesque spots for fishing in the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers, canoeing or a picnic. Over 17 miles of paved pathway winds through wooded areas, open fields, parks, and even some commercial areas. Marker posts along the way let you measure your progress in miles or kilometers and to set training goals. Historical, cultural and point of interest signs are also found along the way.

FireKeepers Casino, opened in 2010, offers a full range of gaming and first class restaurants.


Travel Destinations

Chicago, Illinois is the third largest city in the United States with a population of nearly three million people.  Chicago attractions are too numerous to mention but include skyscraper and architectural river tours, two baseball teams, theatres, museums and some of the finest restaurants in the world offering every ethnic cuisine imaginable.


Detroit is located in southeastern Michigan and is the largest city in the state, the 10th largest city in the United States and the eighth largest metropolitan area. Detroit has had a profound impact on the world – from being the automobile capital of the world to inventing the Motown sound – Detroit has crafted American culture. Top-notch entertainment venues, fun family attractions, glitzy casinos and world class museums. These are just a few reasons to plan a weekend getaway in Detroit

Cleveland, Ohio: So what if the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969? That was eons ago, and Cleveland has spruced up since then. This is the city of the renowned Cleveland Clinic and distinct neighborhoods that have retained their ethnic roots while making room for newcomers. The once-polluted Cuyahoga River and its movable bridges (designed to allow river traffic to pass) is now a point of pride. Here’s where you can see top art, listen to a renowned orchestra, browse through an eclectic mix of shops, and dine on food that’s gained national kudos. A visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a must.  See the handwritten lyrics, stage costumes, rare recordings, childhood memorabilia and more of your rock idols at the world-renowned rock icon on the shores of Lake Erie

Canton, Ohio is located less than one hour from downtown Cleveland and is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in the process of a $27 million expansion and renovation project.