11 days in Midwest Itinerary

11 days in Midwest Itinerary

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11 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  4​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Empire
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Escape the urban bustle at Lincoln Park Zoo and Cowles Bog. Venture out of the city with trips to Deer Grove Forest Preserve (in Palatine) and Prairie Wolf Slough (in Highland Park). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planning app .

Detroit to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cowles Bog, Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Prairie Wolf Slough
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cowles Bog ©
Cowles Bog

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 23rd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House, see the interesting displays at City Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Missouri Botanical Garden, then meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Start your trip to Saint Louis by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Sachs Butterfly House ©
Sachs Butterfly House
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 25th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid City day trip planner .

Fly from Saint Louis to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in May, expect Rapid City to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 27th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Spray Falls, and then take a peaceful walk through Hiawatha National Forest.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munising trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rapid City to Munising in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rapid City to Munising, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in May; daily highs in Munising reach 59°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners Castle Rock ©
Miners Castle Rock
Spray Falls ©
Spray Falls

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): hike along Empire Bluff Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then stroll through Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then contemplate the long history of Fishtown.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Empire trip maker website .

Getting from Munising to Empire by combination of car and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Empire sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fishtown, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Empire Bluff Trail ©
Empire Bluff Trail
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

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