17 days in Midwest & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

17 days in Midwest & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hart
— 1 night
Drive
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Rockbridge
— 1 night
Fly

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Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, have some family-friendly fun at Fox in a Box Chicago, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip website.

Birmingham to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, Chicago is slightly colder than Birmingham - with highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Bring the kids along to Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Cape Final Trail, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Bright Angel Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip maker tool.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Rapid City in 17 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Munising.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 19th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, kick back and relax at Miner's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rapid City to Munising takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rapid City to Munising, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rapid City in June: high temperatures in Munising hover around 68°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 21st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park, then identify plant and animal life at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frankfort Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Empire trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Empire takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hart.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Hart

— 1 night
Hart is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore by horseback at Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hart trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Empire to Hart takes 2 hours. June in Hart sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Hart

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 24th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at John Glenn Astronomy Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rockbridge road trip planner.

Getting from Hart to Rockbridge by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hart in June; daily highs in Rockbridge reach 82°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip