15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Empire
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Cleveland
— 2 nights
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Cincinnati
— 2 nights
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Ely
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, then stroll through Crystal Mountain, and then sample the fine beverages at Iron Fish Distillery. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Empire trip itinerary builder.

Kalamazoo to Empire is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In January in Empire, expect temperatures between 29°F during the day and 18°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Thompsonville, Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Crystal Mountain ©
Crystal Mountain
Iron Fish Distillery ©
Iron Fish Distillery

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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 10th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then explore by horseback at Girdled Road Reservation, and then learn about winemaking at Hundley Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Cathedral, then try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, then browse the eclectic array of goods at West Side Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cleveland itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Empire to Cleveland in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Cleveland sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Cleveland

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Girdled Road Reservation, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Hundley Cellars
Highlights from your plan
West Side Market ©
West Side Market
Girdled Road Reservation ©
Girdled Road Reservation
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine ©
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): try to win big at JACK Cincinnati Casino, learn insider's secrets on Cincy Brew Bus, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then identify plant and animal life at Cincinnati Nature Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Athenaeum of Ohio.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati driving holiday planner.

Fly from Cleveland to Cincinnati in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Cincinnati Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Cincy Brew Bus ©
Cincy Brew Bus
Cincinnati Nature Center ©
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ©
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, identify plant and animal life at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, then get engrossed in the history at Campbell House Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Old Courthouse, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

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Getting from Cincinnati to Saint Louis by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House ©
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
Campbell House Museum ©
Campbell House Museum

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, gain some tasty knowledge on Barley Bus Tours, and then sample the fine beverages at Tom's Town Distilling Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Cinder Block Brewery.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kansas City sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Kansas City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Kansas City

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Cinder Block Brewery, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Barley Bus Tours ©
Barley Bus Tours
Union Station ©
Union Station
Tom's Town Distilling Co. ©
Tom's Town Distilling Co.

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Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 18th (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails and then surround yourself with nature on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center and then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

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Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Ely takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kansas City in January, things will get much colder in Ely: highs are around 16°F and lows about -4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails
Highlights from your plan
White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures ©
White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

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Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for their historical value. There's much more to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Chicago day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Ely to Chicago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in January, you will find days in Chicago are somewhat warmer (32°F), and nights are much hotter (18°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple ©
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

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