29 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

29 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Train to King's Cross St. Pancras station, Fly to Springfield
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Golconda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bloomington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yellow Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Logan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huron
— 3 nights
Drive
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Toledo
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive to Manistee, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Doncaster

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Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get outdoors at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Sand Creek Conservation Area. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to South Marcum campground (in Benton), Marcoot Jersey Creamery (in Greenville) and Bremer Sanctuary (in Hillsboro). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, stroll through Wildlife Prairie Park, and stroll around Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Springfield journey builder tool.

Doncaster, UK to Springfield is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doncaster to Springfield is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Doncaster in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Springfield, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Golconda.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Golconda

— 2 nights
Golconda is a city in and the county seat of Pope County, Illinois, United States, located along the Ohio River. On the 8th (Wed), stroll through Heron Pond-Little Black Slough Nature Preserve, then stroll through Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Rock Recreation Trail, take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Golconda trip planner.

Drive from Springfield to Golconda in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Golconda

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 3 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. state of Indiana. Take a break from the city and head to Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Raccoon Lake State Recreation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at By Hand Gallery and Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Stables At French Lick (in French Lick), Hemlock Cliffs in Hoosier National Forest (in English) and Starve Hollow State Recreation Area (in Vallonia). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Salt Creek Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bloomington tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Golconda to Bloomington takes 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Golconda to Bloomington is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Wolf creek habitat and rescue. For shopping fun, head to Jungle Jim's International Market or Rookwood. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cincinnati: Red Wolf Sanctuary (in Rising Sun), Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford) and Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Redbird Hollow Preserve and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cincinnati trip itinerary website.

Drive from Bloomington to Cincinnati in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Yellow Springs.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yellow Springs

— 3 nights
Yellow Springs is a village in Greene County, Ohio, United States. Get in touch with nature at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and Charleston Falls Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve (in Kenton), The Highlands Nature Sanctuary (in Bainbridge - Ross County) and Fort Hill State Memorial (in Hillsboro). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yellow Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Yellow Springs in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Logan.

Things to do in Yellow Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Logan

— 2 nights
Logan is a city in Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 19th (Sun), Head underground at Old Man's Cave, then stroll through Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ash Cave, get outside with Jet Pack Water Adventure, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Hockhocking Adena bikeway.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Logan online trip builder.

Drive from Yellow Springs to Logan in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Huron.

Things to do in Logan

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Huron

— 3 nights
Huron is a city in Erie County, Ohio, United States. Visiting Lakeview Park and Castalia Quarry Reserve will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Huron to Castalia to see Resthaven Wildlife Area about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Osborn Recreation Area, look for gifts at Brummer's Chocolates, and explore the activities along James H. McBride Arboretum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Huron itinerary planner.

You can drive from Logan to Huron in 3 hours. Traveling from Logan in April, you will find days in Huron are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Huron

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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 24th (Fri): stroll through Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Silver Bells Christmas Shoppe, then stroll through Crosswinds Marsh, then pick up some local products at Ciolinos, and finally steep yourself in history at The 577 Foundation.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Toledo visit planning app.

Drive from Huron to Toledo in 1.5 hours. April in Toledo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Toledo

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, walk around Aspen Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tommy's Ski and Wake School. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, and finally kick back and relax at Depot Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey sightseeing website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Toledo to Petoskey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Toledo in April, with highs in Petoskey at 9°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Head to The Magnificent Mile and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Centerfor plenty of shopping. The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs), Swallow Cliff Stairs (in Palos Park) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, explore the galleries of Chicago Cultural Center, stroll around Millennium Park, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chicago day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Petoskey to Chicago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Petoskey to Chicago. Traveling from Petoskey in April, expect Chicago to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.