15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
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Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mears
— 1 night
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Reagan Washington

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, walk around Millennium Park, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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Washington DC to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 81°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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Empire

Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Betsie Valley Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally trek along Empire Bluff Trail.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Empire day trip planning 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. In June, Empire is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Mears

Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trot along with Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, then enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mears road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Empire to Mears takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Mears

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Wisconsin Dells

Waterpark Capital of the World

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.
On the 25th (Fri), play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, stop by Kernel Popcorn's Factory, then walk around Wisconsin Deer Park, then get a new perspective on things with Original Wisconsin Ducks, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, then make a splash at Wilderness Territory, then look for all kinds of wild species at International Crane Foundation, and finally stroll through MagiQuest.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mears to Wisconsin Dells takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Mears to Wisconsin Dells, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Duluth

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 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, and finally hike along Superior Hiking Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, walk around Canal Park, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, and finally explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip planner.

Drive from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, Duluth is little chillier than Wisconsin Dells - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Ontonagon

On the 29th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon online travel route planner.

Drive from Duluth to Ontonagon in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth to Ontonagon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, and finally visit Downtown Marquette. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising travel planning tool.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): walk around Bridge View Park, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and finally deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island day trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island takes an hour. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature