31 days in Midwest Itinerary

31 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Start: Paris
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Milwaukee
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Galena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Nauvoo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Saint Louis
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h
7
Kansas City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Cincinnati
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
9
Cleveland
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Paris

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: South Bend (University of Notre Dame & Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, steep yourself in history at Grosse Point Lighthouse, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary tool.

Paris, France to Chicago is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Chicago is minus 7 hours. In March, Chicago is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, South Bend, Grosse Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple ©
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

3
nights
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of St. Josaphat and Pabst Mansion are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milwaukee: Lapham Peak (in Delafield) and Holy Hill (in Hubertus). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at Kneeland-Walker House, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Forest Home Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee route tool.

Traveling by train from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in April: highs in Milwaukee hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kneeland-Walker House, Lapham Peak, Holy Hill
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Holy Hill ©
Holy Hill
Pabst Mansion ©
Pabst Mansion

3
nights
Galena

Galena ©
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Visit Ulysses S. Grant Home and St. Francis Basilica for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Galena side-trips: Fulton (De Immigrant Windmill & Heritage Canyon), Dickeyville Grotto (in Dickeyville) and Dillon Home Museum (in Sterling). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinsinawa Mother House, steep yourself in history at Apple River Fort, and pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galena route planner.

Drive from Milwaukee to Galena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In April in Galena, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fulton, Apple River Fort, St. Francis Basilica, Dickeyville Grotto, Sinsinawa Mother House
Highlights from your plan
Dickeyville Grotto ©
Dickeyville Grotto
De Immigrant Windmill ©
De Immigrant Windmill
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

3
nights
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Visit Nauvoo State Park and Brigham Young Home for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nauvoo: Bentonsport National Historic District (in Keosauqua), Snake Alley (in Burlington) and Maasdam Barns (in Fairfield). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Joseph Smith Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Keokuk National Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Carthage Jail.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nauvoo travel planner.

Getting from Galena to Nauvoo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Galena in April; daily highs in Nauvoo reach 20°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentonsport National Historic District, Carthage Jail, Keokuk National Cemetery, Snake Alley, Maasdam Barns
Highlights from your plan
Nauvoo State Park ©
Nauvoo State Park
Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Dana-Thomas House and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Springfield to Bloomington to see David Davis Mansion State Historic Site about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield day trip planner.

Drive from Nauvoo to Springfield in 3 hours. In April in Springfield, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site ©

4
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Missouri Mines State Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Louis: Fort de Chartes (in Prairie du Rocher), Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown) and Marquand Historic Park (in Marquand). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Gateway Arch, contemplate the long history of Historic Hanley House, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Springfield to Saint Louis in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fort de Chartes, Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, Marquand Historic Park, Missouri Mines State Historic Site, Sainte Genevieve Catholic Parish
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Fort de Chartes ©
Fort de Chartes
Missouri Mines State Historic Site ©
Missouri Mines State Historic Site

4
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Get some historical perspective at Squirrel Cage Jail and Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Kansas City side-trips: Fort Scott (Fort Scott National Cemetery & Fort Scott National Historic Site). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, stroll around Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Stone Church.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kansas City sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Kansas City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Independence, Fort Scott, Kansas City, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate
Squirrel Cage Jail ©
Squirrel Cage Jail
Fort Scott National Cemetery ©
Fort Scott National Cemetery

3
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Get some historical perspective at Carillon Historical Park and Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. Get out of town with these interesting Cincinnati side-trips: Grant Boyhood Home (in Georgetown), National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton) and David's Cemetery (in Kettering). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, contemplate the long history of U.S. Grant Birthplace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculata Church.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cincinnati trip planning app.

Getting from Kansas City to Cincinnati by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Cincinnati, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Dayton, John Rankin House, U.S. Grant Birthplace, Grant Boyhood Home, David's Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
John Rankin House ©
John Rankin House
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ©
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

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nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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.
Visit West Side Market and Gazebo & Green, Hudson for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Akron (Glendale Cemetery, Dr. Bob's Gravesite, &more) and Squire's Castle (in Willoughby Hills). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, stroll the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cleveland vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cincinnati to Cleveland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cincinnati in April, expect nights in Cleveland to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Akron, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Squire's Castle, Gazebo & Green, Hudson
Highlights from your plan
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens ©
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine ©
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Squire's Castle ©
Squire's Castle

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