30 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

30 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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South Bend
— 1 night
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Detroit
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
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Cleveland — 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cleveland: The Butler Institute of American Art (in Youngstown) and Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (in Northfield). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Heinen's Downtown, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland itinerary planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Cleveland is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jeddah in March: high temperatures in Cleveland hover around 6°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Columbus.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos
Side Trips

Columbus — 3 nights

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 Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (in Springfield). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Hocking Hills State Park, shop like a local with Easton Town Center, and learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Columbus holiday planning website.

Drive from Cleveland to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Cleveland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Columbus, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cincinnati.
Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Cincinnati — 3 nights

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: Perfect North Slopes (in Lawrenceburg) and National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at Cincy Brew Bus, walk around Smale Riverfront Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Cincinnati Museum Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cincinnati online trip builder.

Drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Chicago.
Parks · Museums · Wineries · Tours
Side Trips

Chicago — 5 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond.

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Traveling by flight from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cincinnati to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cincinnati in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to South Bend.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

South Bend — 1 night

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. On the 16th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the South Bend online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chicago to South Bend takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to South Bend due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Detroit.
Historic Sites

Detroit — 3 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: FasTrak Exotic Driving Experience (in Grosse Ile) and Flint Institute of Arts (in Flint). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, look for gifts at Pure Detroit, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

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You can fly from South Bend to Detroit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Detroit are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Traverse City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping
Side Trips

Traverse City — 3 nights

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Caberfae Peaks (in Cadillac), Cross Country Ski Headquarters (in Roscommon) and Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing (in Frederic). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hit the slopes at Nub's Nob.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Detroit in March since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ely.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Ely — 3 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Go for a jaunt from Ely to Isabella to see Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, surround yourself with nature on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, and go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ely attractions planning tool.

Fly from Traverse City to Ely in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Traverse City in March, things will get little chillier in Ely: highs are around 0°C and lows about -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Minneapolis — 4 nights

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 WineHaven Winery and Vineyard in Chisago City, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, stop by Candyland, and make a trip to Minneapolis Skyway System.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis day trip planning app.

You can fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in March, expect Minneapolis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips