20 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

20 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip builder
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fish Creek
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Chicago — 2 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Field Museum and The Magnificent Mile. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Millennium Park, make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the striking features of Reliance Building.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Chicago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Chicago to be much colder, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Ludington.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Ludington — 2 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll around Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then kick back and relax at Stearns Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): walk around Ludington State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then get engrossed in the history at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ludington online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Ludington due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Ludington reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Traverse City.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Traverse City — 3 nights

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mission Point Lighthouse and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Front Street. When in Traverse City, make a side trip to see Fishtown in Leland, approximately Leland away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City driving holiday website.

Getting from Ludington to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Popular historic sites such as Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes are in your itinerary. Visiting Mackinac Island State Park and Arch Rock will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online trip maker.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Traverse City in August: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Munising.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls and then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Munising trip website.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fish Creek.
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Nature · Parks

Fish Creek — 2 nights

Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. On the 14th (Mon), savor the flavors at Lautenbach's Orchard Country, enjoy the sea views from Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cana Island Lighthouse, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Sister Bay Beach.

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Getting from Munising to Fish Creek by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Fish Creek due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.
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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and then get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells attractions website.

Getting from Fish Creek to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Duluth.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf · Tours

Duluth — 3 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate and Lakewalk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Split Rock Lighthouse and Lake Superior Railroad Museum. When in Duluth, make a side trip to see Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors, approximately Two Harbors away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Duluth road trip tool.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August, plan for little chillier days in Duluth, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
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