32 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

32 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
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Toledo
— 4 nights
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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Springfield
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Chicago
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Minneapolis — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and WineHaven Winery and Vineyard (in Chisago City). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, and get a dose of the wild on Stone Arch Bridge.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Minneapolis is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids — 3 nights

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Holland (Windmill Island Gardens & Centennial Park). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, admire the striking features of Meyer May House, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Rapids online attractions planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Toledo.
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Toledo — 4 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Explore Toledo's surroundings by going to Motown Museum (in Detroit), Oak Harbor (Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge & Magee Marsh Wildlife Area) and Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Cedar Point, examine the collection at National Museum of the Great Lakes, admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art, and walk around Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Toledo online trip planner.

You can fly from Grand Rapids to Toledo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Cleveland.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Fellows Riverside Gardens (in Youngstown) and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (in Akron). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Heinen's Downtown, and hunt for treasures at West Side Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cleveland vacation planner.

You can drive from Toledo to Cleveland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Cleveland are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Columbus.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Logan (Old Man's Cave & Ash Cave) and Zipline (in Rockbridge). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus, see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kelton House Museum & Garden.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Columbus trip itinerary site.

Getting from Cleveland to Columbus by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Cleveland in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Columbus, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.
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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.
Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati trip planning tool.

You can drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 3 nights

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
When in Indianapolis, make a side trip to see The Miller House and Garden in Columbus, approximately Columbus away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, join the crowd at Indy Racing Experience, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and admire the natural beauty at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip maker.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Springfield.
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Springfield — 2 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Home National Historic Site. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials and then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Springfield, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 7 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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and laugh and play at Navy Pier.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chicago day trip planner.

Getting from Springfield to Chicago by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. June in Chicago sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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