14 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

14 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Drive to Toledo
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Toledo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cleveland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Columbus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Toledo

— 3 nights
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Toledo: Cedar Point (in Sandusky), James H. McBride Arboretum (in Huron) and Castalia Quarry Reserve (in Castalia). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at The HandleBar Toledo, admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, and see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Toledo road trip planning tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Toledo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Toledo is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in July, expect Toledo to be much colder, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Toledo

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 2 nights

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 5th (Mon): hunt for treasures at West Side Market, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then stroll around Edgewater Park. On the next day, meet the residents at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, then make a trip to Wade Memorial Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and finally admire the natural beauty at Italian Cultural Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cleveland driving holiday website.

Drive from Toledo to Cleveland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Rockhouse, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus, admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Columbus driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Columbus

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 1 night

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, and then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

Before you visit Cincinnati, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker tool.

Fly from Cincinnati to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cincinnati to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums