10 days in Midwest Itinerary

10 days in Midwest Itinerary

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10 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Empire
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Saint Louis
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
End: Columbus

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and then step aboard USS Cod Submarine Memorial. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland road trip planning tool .

Columbus to Cleveland is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. July in Cleveland sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

James A. Garfield National Historic Site, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
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The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm ©
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner .

You can fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Empire trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Empire takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Empire. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in Empire reach 75°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

1
day
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Munising attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Empire to Munising takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Black Hills National Forest, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Custer trip builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Custer in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Munising to Custer is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Munising, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
day
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 21st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, examine the collection 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.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Saint Louis takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Saint Louis is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Saint Louis reach 89°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
City Museum ©
City Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

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