28 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

28 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hart
— 1 night
Drive
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Empire
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Springfield
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dayton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockbridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cleveland
— 4 nights
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Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Science and Industry and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chicago online driving holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Chicago is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hart.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Hart

— 1 night
Hart is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then explore by horseback at Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hart trip planner.

Getting from Chicago to Hart by car takes about 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Hart to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire

— 4 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Visit Frankfort Beach and Elberta Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan Beach Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Platte Point Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Empire online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hart to Empire in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Fayette Historic State Park and Historical Village Fayette Park. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Palms Book State Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Miner's Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Sand Point Beach.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munising road trip tool.

You can drive from Empire to Munising in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Get some historical perspective at Lincolns New Salem State Park and Dana-Thomas House. Take a break from Springfield with a short trip to Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site in Mount Pulaski, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Springfield trip maker.

Getting from Munising to Springfield by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Springfield. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munising in June: high temperatures in Springfield hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dayton

— 2 nights

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, then contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park, and then stroll the grounds of The Calvary Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of David's Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, and then stroll through Aullwood Garden MetroPark.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dayton trip planning app.

You can drive from Springfield to Dayton in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Dayton. June in Dayton sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Dayton

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Rockbridge

— 2 nights
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 27th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then contemplate the long history of Sherman House Museum, and then trek along Hemlock Bridge Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ash Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then Head underground at Old Man's Cave.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rockbridge trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Dayton to Rockbridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Rockbridge are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Lakeview Park and Back to the Wild. Your inner history buff will appreciate Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and Wade Memorial Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery (in Seville), Dr. Bob's Gravesite (in Akron) and Warther Museum (in Dover). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, steep yourself in history at Thomas Edison Birthplace, visit a coastal fixture at Lorain Lighthouse, and explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cleveland vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rockbridge to Cleveland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Rockbridge in June, expect nights in Cleveland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips