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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Galena
— 3 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Fish Creek
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Galena

— 3 nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sundown Mountain and Market House State Historic. The adventure continues: stroll around West Street Sculpture Park, take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, shop like a local with Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, and awaken your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galena, use our trip itinerary maker.

Saint Louis to Galena is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in November, things will get slightly colder in Galena: highs are around 45°F and lows about 27°F. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Duluth.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): gain insight at Hartley Nature Center, then explore and take pictures at W Skyline Pkwy, and then walk around Bayfront Festival Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, then kick back and relax at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, then examine the collection at 3M Dwan Musem, and finally look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Duluth holiday builder website.

Getting from Galena to Duluth by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Galena in November, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are little chillier, around 40°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Fish Creek

— 2 nights
Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. On the 21st (Sat), stop by J. Jeffrey Taylor, see the interesting displays at Alexander Noble House Museum, stroll around Sunset Beach Park, see what you can catch with Fish Tales Charters, then make a trip to George Burr Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at The Spa at Sacred Grounds.

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Traveling by car from Duluth to Fish Creek takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Peninsula Cellars. On the next day, make a trip to Lake Michigan Shoreline, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip maker site.

Getting from Fish Creek to Traverse City by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Traverse City are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the waterfront activity at Mackinaw City Marina, stop by JoAnn's Fudge, then examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heritage Village at Mackinaw.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Traverse City to Saint Ignace in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, don't miss a visit to Allen-Bradley Company Clock, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at MobCraft Beer. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Leaf Trail and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Raised Grain Brewing Company.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Milwaukee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Milwaukee takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Ignace to Milwaukee due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Ignace in November, expect nights in Milwaukee to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips