11 days in Midwest Itinerary

11 days in Midwest Itinerary

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11 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h
1
Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Kansas City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Dayton
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Dominic Catholic Church and then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at USS Cod Submarine Memorial, then explore the galleries of A Christmas Story House, then browse the eclectic array of goods at West Side Market, and finally admire all the interesting features of Progressive Field.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cleveland road trip site .

New York City to Cleveland is an approximately 4-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cleveland: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Cleveland

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St Dominic Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
USS Cod Submarine Memorial ©
USS Cod Submarine Memorial
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
A Christmas Story House ©
A Christmas Story House

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Florian Catholic Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dearborn sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Cleveland to Dearborn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Dearborn, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, St. Florian Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kansas City travel planning site .

You can fly from Dearborn to Kansas City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dearborn to Kansas City. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dearborn in July: high temperatures in Kansas City hover around 89°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums

Side Trip

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and finally get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Saint Louis Art Museum, stroll through Saint Louis Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Saint Louis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
City Museum ©
City Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the galleries of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Springfield trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Springfield takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Springfield, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Millennium Park and The Field Museum. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago itinerary planner .

Getting from Springfield to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dayton.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

1
night
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
On the 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Carillon Historical Park, then see the interesting displays at The Wright Cycle Company Complex, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, and finally admire the masterpieces at Dayton Metro Library.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dayton trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Dayton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dayton

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
Dayton Metro Library ©
Dayton Metro Library

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