12 days in Illinois, Central Ohio & Indiana Itinerary

12 days in Illinois, Central Ohio & Indiana Itinerary

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Chicago
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Columbus
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, get curious at Field Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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Manila, Philippines to Chicago is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Chicago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in October, expect Chicago to be cooler, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Columbus.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Parks

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Columbus

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Central Ohio Fire Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and then stroll around Highbanks Metro Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, walk around Scioto Mile, and then head outdoors with Pedal Wagon Columbus.

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You can fly from Chicago to Columbus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Columbus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indianapolis: Anderson Orchard (in Mooresville), The Miller House and Garden (in Columbus) and Exotic Feline Rescue Center (in Centerpoint). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at The Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

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Drive from Columbus to Indianapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. November in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will leave for home on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.