This trip begins in St Louis, MO, home of Six Flags St Louis, which has a number of coasters, including Batman the Ride, Xcalibur, Mr Freeze, and Screamin’ Eagle. Note here that many of the Six Flags coasters have the same or similar names since the themes at many parks are similar.
Next, travel north from St Louis, along Interstate 55 to a suburb of Chicago, Gurnee, IL, a distance of a little over 300 miles, to check out Six Flags Great America, with more than 10 thrilling coasters. Included in this group are Batman the Ride, Vertical Velocity, Raging Bull, Deja Vu, and Iron Wolf.
From here, take Interstate 94 East, around the base of Lake Michigan, through a corner of Indiana and into Michigan. From I-94, take I-195 north and then Rte 31 North to Muskegan, MI, a distance of appoximately 200 miles. The park here is called Michigan’s Adventure, and is owned and operated by the same group who runs Cedar Point. Some of the many roller coasters include Mine Shaft, Funnel of Fear, Wolverine Wildcat, Shivering Timbers, and Corkscrew.
From Muskegan, take the ferry across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, WI, then travel West on Interstate 94 through Madison and on to the Wisconsin Dells, a driving distance of only about 150 miles. Here visitors will find the Mount Olympus Theme Park which has six roller coasters to check out, among them, Cyclops, Pegasus, Zeus, and Hades.
Continue West on I-94 to Minneapolis, MN, then South on Interstate 35, to Shakopee, MN, a distance of about 230 miles. The park here is called Valley Fair. Its many coasters include Renegade, Wild Thing, Riptide, Steel Venom, and Corkscrew.
The total driving distance for this regional road trip is approximately 680 miles. Allow a full week or more for this trip because the city of Chicago itself deserves several days.