17 days in Midwest Itinerary

17 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest vacation planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Cincinnati
— 2 nights
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Duluth
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City

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Cincinnati — 2 nights

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm (in Georgetown) and Western Southern Open (in Mason). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

Discover how to plan a Cincinnati trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

New York City to Cincinnati is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Cincinnati dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Indianapolis.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Indianapolis — 2 nights

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 17th (Wed), examine the collection at Rhythm! Discovery Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co., and then find something for the whole family at Indiana State Fairgrounds. Keep things going the next day: join the crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Miller House and Garden.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis day trip app.

Getting from Cincinnati to Indianapolis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chicago.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Chicago — 4 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago vacation website.

Fly from Indianapolis to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Custer.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Chicago to Custer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Custer is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Custer reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Duluth.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Duluth — 1 night

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Lake Superior Art Glass, stroll around Canal Park, and then take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Duluth day trip tool.

You can fly from Custer to Duluth in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in August, Duluth is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Ontonagon.
Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Scenic Drive

Ontonagon — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Ontonagon takes 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Ontonagon due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Munising.
Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munising online journey planner.

Getting from Ontonagon to Munising by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): head outdoors with Mackinac Cycle, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors