29 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

29 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Empire
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hart
— 2 nights
Drive
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Garden
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Dearborn
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Dearborn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hickory Corners
— 1 night
Drive
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly
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Dayton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rockbridge
— 1 night
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Empire

— 3 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lake Michigan Beach Park and Elberta Beach. Get in touch with nature at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Frankfort Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Platte Point Beach, and hike along Empire Bluff Trail.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Empire itinerary tool.

New York City to Empire is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Empire hover around 75°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Hart.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hart

— 2 nights
Hart is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, explore by horseback at Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then do a tasting at The Fox Barn Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hart trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Empire to Hart in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hart can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Garden.

Things to do in Hart

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

Garden

— 1 night
Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park and then admire the majestic nature at Fayette Historic State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Garden vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Hart to Garden takes 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Garden can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Garden

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miner's Beach. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Marquette (Presque Isle Park & Lakenenland Sculpture Park) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Munising holiday planning tool.

Drive from Garden to Munising in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Mackinac and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Get outdoors at Great Turtle Kayak Tours and Jewel Golf Course. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and get outside with Mackinac Cycle.

Start your trip to Mackinac Island by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Dearborn

— 3 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and The 577 Foundation. The Henry Ford and Detroit Institute of Arts will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Dearborn: River Raisin Territorial Park (in Monroe) and The HandleBar Toledo (in Toledo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, head outdoors with Miami Beach, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Memorial Center, and contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dearborn online visit planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Dearborn by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Mackinac Island in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Dearborn, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hickory Corners.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Hickory Corners

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get outside with US 131 Motorsports Park, then examine the collection at Midwest Miniatures Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hickory Corners visit planner.

Getting from Dearborn to Hickory Corners by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Hickory Corners

Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Atwater Park & Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get some historical perspective at Cantigny Park and Fourth Presbyterian Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Centennial Beach (in Naperville), Milwaukee Art Museum (in Milwaukee) and First Division Museum at Cantigny (in Wheaton). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, contemplate the long history of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hickory Corners to Chicago takes 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hickory Corners in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Dayton.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Dayton

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of the US Air Force and Bicycle Museum of America. Visit Carillon Historical Park and Aullwood Garden MetroPark for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dayton: Old Mason Winery & Vineyard (in West Milton) and Balloon Rides (in Lebanon). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Wright Cycle Company Complex, learn about all things military at Veterans Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, and pause for some photo ops at Dayton National Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dayton trip maker website.

You can fly from Chicago to Dayton in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Dayton

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Bridge.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rockbridge trip planner.

You can drive from Dayton to Rockbridge in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Rockbridge, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors