22 days in Cincinnati, Kirtland & Chicago Itinerary

22 days in Cincinnati, Kirtland & Chicago Itinerary

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22 days in Cincinnati, Kirtland & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
1
Cincinnati
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kirtland
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Chicago
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Cincinnati

9
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loveland Castle. Kids will enjoy Cincinnati Museum Center and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ohio Caverns and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to EnterTRAINment Junction (in West Chester), Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm (in Georgetown) and National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (in Dayton). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, snap pictures at Roebling Suspension Bridge, take an in-depth tour of William Arnold Log House, and cool off at Coney Island.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cincinnati. In March, daytime highs in Cincinnati are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kirtland.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dayton, William Arnold Log House, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge
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Ohio Caverns ©
Ohio Caverns
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery ©
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
EnterTRAINment Junction ©
EnterTRAINment Junction

5
nights
Kirtland

Kirtland ©
Kirtland is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. Bring the kids along to Patterson Fruit Farms and Penitentiary Glen Wildlife Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Girdled Road Reservation and Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Kirtland side-trips: Sunrise Farm (in Burton) and Punderson State Park (in Newbury). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Chapin Forest Reservation, take an in-depth tour of Kirtland Temple, hike along Orchard Hills Park, and admire the natural beauty at The Holden Arboretum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kirtland trip planner .

You can drive from Cincinnati to Kirtland in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Cincinnati in April, expect nights in Kirtland to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Kirtland

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Chesterland, Punderson State Park, Sage's Apples, Girdled Road Reservation, Sunrise Farm
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Girdled Road Reservation ©
Girdled Road Reservation
Patterson Fruit Farms ©
Patterson Fruit Farms
The Holden Arboretum ©
The Holden Arboretum

7
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Discovery Center Museum and Chicago Cultural Center. Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Wrigley Field. Venture out of the city with trips to South Bend (University of Notre Dame & Compton Family Ice Arena) and Tom's Farm Market and Greenhouse (in Huntley). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kirtland to Chicago. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kirtland to Chicago. In April, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

South Bend, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, Discovery Center Museum, Tom's Farm Market and Greenhouse
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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