25 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

25 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA vacation planner

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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Toledo
— 2 nights
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati

— 3 nights

The Queen of the West

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cincinnati: Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force), Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield) and Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, walk around Smale Riverfront Park, look for gifts at Rookwood, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cincinnati trip itinerary maker tool.

Valparaiso to Cincinnati is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Cincinnati is little chillier than Valparaiso - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Columbus

— 3 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Get out of town with these interesting Columbus side-trips: Rockbridge (Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve & Zipline) and Logan (Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Heritage Square Antique Mall, admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Columbus journey maker.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Columbus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Columbus are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Upton House (in Warren), F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron) and Youngstown (Fellows Riverside Gardens & The Butler Institute of American Art). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, steep yourself in history at Wade Memorial Chapel, try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, and hunt for treasures at West Side Market.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland trip maker.

Getting from Columbus to Cleveland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Columbus in April, you will find days in Cleveland are a bit cooler (57°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Toledo

— 2 nights
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The 577 Foundation, then admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art, and then learn the secrets of beer at The HandleBar Toledo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with Sea Breeze Charters and then stroll around Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Toledo holiday maker site.

You can drive from Cleveland to Toledo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Toledo sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Toledo

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Josaphat, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Geneva Lake. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum, stop by Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Milwaukee road trip planning site.

You can fly from Toledo to Milwaukee in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Toledo to Milwaukee, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toledo in April, expect nights in Milwaukee to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Chicago

— 5 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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile, walk around Millennium Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chicago attractions planner.

Getting from Milwaukee to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee in April, you will find days in Chicago are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Springfield is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and let the kids burn off some steam at Washington Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Chicago to Springfield in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Chicago in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Indianapolis

— 3 nights

Circle City

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.
Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to Willowfield Lavender Farm (in Mooresville), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and Monon Trail (in Carmel). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at The Miller House and Garden, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Indianapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips