15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip itinerary planner
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Train to Rome, Fly to Milwaukee
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rock Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Galena
— 1 night
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
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Duluth
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Fly
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Logan
— 1 night
Drive
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
Fly

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Milwaukee — 2 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
When in Milwaukee, make a side trip to see Wind Point Lighthouse in Racine, approximately Racine away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Milwaukee visit planner.

Naples, Italy to Milwaukee is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Naples to Milwaukee is minus 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Naples in May, with highs in Milwaukee at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rock Island.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Rock Island — 1 night

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. On the 30th (Mon), meet the residents at Niabi Zoo, try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, and then hit the slopes at Ski Snowstar.

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You can fly from Milwaukee to Rock Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee in May, you will find days in Rock Island are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galena.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Galena — 1 night

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, then savor the flavors at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Galena road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.
Spas · Breweries & Distilleries · Winter Sports · Parks

Wisconsin Dells — 1 night

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a splash at Wilderness Territory, then immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galena to Wisconsin Dells takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Wisconsin Dells can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Duluth.
Fun & Games · Nature · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trip

Duluth — 1 night

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, and then take an in-depth tour of Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Duluth attractions planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in June, expect Duluth to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Munising.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Fun & Games

Munising — 1 night

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Fri), admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, then explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, then admire the sheer force of Alger Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munising trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Duluth to Munising, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint Ignace.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Saint Ignace — 1 night

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Indian Village, try to win big at Odawa Casino, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint Ignace online travel route planner.

You can drive from Munising to Saint Ignace in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos
Side Trip

Traverse City — 1 night

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): shop like a local with Front Street, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City vacation planner.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Saint Ignace in June, you will find days in Traverse City are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Grand Rapids — 1 night

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
On the 6th (Mon), examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Logan.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Logan — 1 night

Logan is a city in Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Cedar Falls Hiking Trail, admire the majestic nature at Hocking Hills State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Logan day trip planning site.

You can fly from Grand Rapids to Logan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trips

Cincinnati — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Fountain Square, learn more about the world around you at Cincinnati Museum Center, and then take an in-depth tour of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Perfect North Slopes, take in nature's colorful creations at Krohn Conservatory, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cincinnati day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Logan to Cincinnati takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Winter Sports
Side Trip