10 days in Midwest Itinerary

10 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Dayton
— 1 night
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Empire
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Cleveland
— 1 night

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Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Aullwood Garden MetroPark, stroll the grounds of Dayton National Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of The Calvary Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park.

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New York City to Dayton is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Dayton when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Dayton

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Aullwood Garden MetroPark
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National Museum of the US Air Force ©
National Museum of the US Air Force
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
Aullwood Garden MetroPark ©
Aullwood Garden MetroPark

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then raise your glass at Lake Ann Brewing Company, and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Empire trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Dayton to Empire in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dayton in September, expect nights in Empire to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Ann Brewing Company, Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Lake Ann Brewing Company ©
Lake Ann Brewing Company

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Fourth Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Art Institute of Chicago and Cantigny Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond, stroll around Millennium Park, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chicago day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Empire to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Empire to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Empire in September; daily highs in Chicago reach 78°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond, Cantigny Park
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip planner.

Getting from Chicago to Springfield by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, then see the interesting displays at City Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of St. Joseph, then contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery.

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Drive from Springfield to Saint Louis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery, St. Charles Historic District
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
City Museum ©
City Museum
St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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.
On the 27th (Fri), hunt for treasures at West Side Market, then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cleveland travel route planner.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Cleveland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
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The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine ©
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

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