10 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

10 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA vacation planner
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Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Milwaukee
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Baghdad


Milwaukee — 2 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basilica of St. Josaphat and Forest Home Cemetery. Pabst Mansion and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Milwaukee with an excursion to Holy Hill in Hubertus--about 40 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Gesu.

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Baghdad, Iraq to Milwaukee is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 9 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Baghdad in December; daily highs in Milwaukee reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chicago.
Historic Sites
Side Trip

Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. There's still lots to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

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You can drive from Milwaukee to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Chicago, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cincinnati.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Side Trip

Cincinnati — 1 night

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculata Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cincinnati is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in Cincinnati are a bit warmer (8°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Cleveland — 2 nights

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, take in nature's colorful creations at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and then look for gifts at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeview Park and then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Getting from Cincinnati to Cleveland by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips