12 days in Great Lakes USA & Finger Lakes Itinerary

12 days in Great Lakes USA & Finger Lakes Itinerary

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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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Toledo
— 1 night
Drive
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Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive
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Watkins Glen
— 3 nights
Fly
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Columbus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago online tour planner.

Kansas City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kansas City in June, with highs in Chicago at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Toledo.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

1
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Toledo

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): learn the secrets of beer at The HandleBar Toledo, admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maumee Bay Brew Pub.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Toledo journey maker app.

You can fly from Chicago to Toledo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Toledo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Toledo, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Toledo

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

1
night
Cleveland

Forest City

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 4th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland online route maker.

Getting from Toledo to Cleveland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

3
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Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Explore Watkins Glen's surroundings by going to Water to Wine Day Tours (in Ovid), Lively Run Dairy (in Interlaken) and Trumansburg (Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center & Taughannock Falls State Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, see the interesting displays at Corning Museum of Glass, get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, and do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C..

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Watkins Glen journey maker website.

You can drive from Cleveland to Watkins Glen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Watkins Glen when traveling from Cleveland in July, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Columbus

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Rockhouse, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Inniswood Metro Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Whetstone Park / Park of Roses, and then learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Columbus holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Watkins Glen to Columbus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Columbus when traveling from Watkins Glen in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Columbus

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

1
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Cincinnati

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, then walk around Smale Riverfront Park, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Cincinnati takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cincinnati are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wildlife

Finger Lakes travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · State Parks · Specialty Museums
New York's Wine Country
Defined by wine and water, the Finger Lakes region includes 11 elongated bodies of water spread over 130 km (80 mi) of rolling countryside in the northern section of the state of New York. In addition to the picturesque waterways, the Finger Lakes' main vacation attraction is its more than 100 wineries: the area is a top wine region, often referred to as the East Coast's answer to California's Napa Valley. Tour the wineries and recreational areas dotting the slopes above the lakes, but don't forget to include a trip or two to the region's vibrant towns, known for their lively culinary and nightlife scenes.