28 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

28 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Toledo
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Dayton
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Toledo

— 3 nights
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Explore Toledo's surroundings by going to Cedar Point (in Sandusky), Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village) and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (in Oak Harbor). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at The HandleBar Toledo, browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, see the interesting displays at National Museum of the Great Lakes, and admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Toledo day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Toledo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Toledo is minus 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in May: high temperatures in Toledo hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Toledo

Museums · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 3 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Hemlock Crossing (in West Olive), Holland (Holland Farmers Market, Windmill Island Gardens, &more) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, go for a walk through Rockford Dam Overlook, walk around Hudsonville Nature Center, and steep yourself in history at Meyer May House.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip planner.

You can fly from Toledo to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip site.

Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 3 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Munsinger Gardens in Saint Cloud, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, get a dose of the wild on Stone Arch Bridge, stroll around Lebanon Hills Regional Park, and explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Minneapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Springfield.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 28th (Fri), make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, then contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally stroll around Union Square Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip website.

Fly from Minneapolis to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Springfield, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Indianapolis

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Indiana War Memorial, explore the galleries of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: bet on your favorite at Indy Racing Experience, make a trip to The Miller House and Garden, and then make a trip to Central Canal.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Indianapolis is 1 hour. In May in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Dayton.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Dayton

— 3 nights

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield) and Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, stroll the grounds of Dayton National Cemetery, head outdoors with Dayton Dragons Baseball, and stroll around Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dayton trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Dayton in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Columbus.

Things to do in Dayton

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Explore Columbus' surroundings by going to Logan (Rockhouse, Ash Cave, &more) and Rockbridge (Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve & Zipline). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, walk around Scioto Grove Metro Park, admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Columbus holiday builder app.

You can drive from Dayton to Columbus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Columbus, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of West Side Market, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then pause for some photo ops at James A. Garfield Monument, and then walk around Rocky River Reservation.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cleveland online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Columbus to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Columbus in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cleveland: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games