15 days in Wisconsin, Illinois & Ohio Itinerary

15 days in Wisconsin, Illinois & Ohio Itinerary

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Milwaukee
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Dayton
— 1 night
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Rockbridge
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 4 nights
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Milwaukee

— 3 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milwaukee: Horicon Marsh (in Mayville), Edwards Apple Orchard (in Poplar Grove) and Bookworm Gardens (in Sheboygan). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Grant Park, and admire the striking features of SC Johnson Headquarters.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Milwaukee road trip planning site.

Manchester, UK to Milwaukee is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Milwaukee due to the time zone difference. October in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

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, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip builder app.

Getting from Milwaukee to Chicago by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 12th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield road trip planning site.

Drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Dayton

— 1 night

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Carillon Historical Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Dayton Beer Company (Downtown).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dayton online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Dayton in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Dayton due to the time zone difference. October in Dayton sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Dayton

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): Head underground at Old Man's Cave, make a trip to Rockhouse, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockbridge tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Dayton to Rockbridge in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Rockbridge are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Cleveland

— 4 nights

Forest City

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.
Explore Cleveland's surroundings by going to F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron), Burnham Orchards (in Berlin Heights) and Cedar Point (in Sandusky). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Cathedral, and walk around The Mall.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rockbridge to Cleveland by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Rockbridge in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Cleveland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.