15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA journey planner

Make it your trip
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Rockbridge
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
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Soudan
— 1 night
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Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, Head underground at Old Man's Cave, immerse yourself in nature at Hocking Hills State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rockbridge travel route app.

Los Angeles to Rockbridge is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Rockbridge is 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Rockbridge reach 79°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago vacation site.

Getting from Rockbridge to Chicago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rockbridge in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Empire trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Empire takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Empire. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in October, with highs in Empire at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, then admire the verdant scenery at Bear River Valley Recreation Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally stroll through North Western State Trail. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Petoskey tour planner.

You can drive from Empire to Petoskey in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Marquette (Presque Isle Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Munising takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ontonagon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Soudan.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Soudan

— 1 night
Soudan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Breitung Township, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 11th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake and then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Soudan online travel route planner.

Getting from Ontonagon to Soudan by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Ontonagon to Soudan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ontonagon in October, plan for little chillier nights in Soudan, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Soudan

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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