32 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

32 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
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Winona
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Dayton
— 3 nights
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Rockbridge
— 1 night

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©

Forest City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cleveland side-trips: Warther Museum (in Dover), The Farm at Walnut Creek (in Sugarcreek) and Cedar Point (in Sandusky). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino, identify plant and animal life at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, and whizz through the canopy at Tree Frog Canopy Tours Zipline.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland travel site.

Philadelphia to Cleveland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Casinos · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point

4
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Detroit

Detroit ©

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Think It Out Escape Rooms (in Fraser), Gibraltar Bay Alpaca Farm (in Grosse Ile) and Erwin's Orchard (in South Lyon). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take in the local highlights with Feet On The Street Tours, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Detroit road trip app.

You can drive from Cleveland to Detroit in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Detroit sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Feet On The Street Tours ©
Feet On The Street Tours
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

2
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Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
On the 20th (Tue), explore the activities along Presque Isle River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Carp River Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ontonagon tour builder site.

You can drive from Detroit to Ontonagon in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In October, Ontonagon is slightly colder than Detroit - with highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company

3
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Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winona: La Crosse (Grandad Bluff & Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Motherhouse), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Alma (Buena Vista Park & Lock and Dam 4). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, take a tour by water with Winona Tour Boat, take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights City Park, and examine the collection at Winona National Bank.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Winona planner.

Drive from Ontonagon to Winona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ontonagon to Winona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ontonagon in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Winona: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Winona Tour Boat ©
Winona Tour Boat
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center

6
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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

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Getting from Winona to Chicago by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winona in October, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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Springfield

Springfield ©

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Christ Apple Orchard (in Elmwood). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, browse the exhibits of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, relax in the rural setting at Apple Barn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Springfield vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Nashville is a town in Washington Township, Brown County, Indiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): trot along with Schooner Valley Stables, then walk around Brown County State Park, then hike along Salt Creek Trail, and finally gain insight at Indiana University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Miller House and Garden, get interesting insight from eXplore Brown County, and then contemplate the long history of Brown County Pioneer Museum and Old Log Jail.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nashville day trip planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Nashville is 1 hour. Traveling from Springfield in November, expect Nashville to be little chillier, temps between 44°F and 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Schooner Valley Stables ©
Schooner Valley Stables
eXplore Brown County ©
eXplore Brown County
The Miller House and Garden ©
The Miller House and Garden

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©

Circle City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indianapolis: Beer Tastings & Tours (in Cincinnati), Anderson Orchard (in Mooresville) and Milan '54 Hoosiers Basketball Museum (in Milan). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Room Fishers, bet on your favorite at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, experience rural life at The Farm at Prophetstown, and kick your exploration up a notch at Indiana Zipline Tours, Inc..

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Indianapolis tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Nashville to Indianapolis in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Nashville in November, expect Indianapolis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 52°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Escape Room Fishers ©
The Escape Room Fishers
Beer Tastings & Tours
Exotic Feline Rescue Center ©
Exotic Feline Rescue Center

3
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Dayton

Dayton ©

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dayton: Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery) and Balloon Rides (in Lebanon). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, grab your bike and head to Greene County Greene Ways, and expand your understanding of the military at Dayton National Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dayton travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Dayton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Dayton can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Dayton

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
National Museum of the US Air Force
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
Beer Tastings & Tours

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Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 12th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, then Head underground at Old Man's Cave, and then make a trip to Rockhouse.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rockbridge holiday builder.

You can drive from Dayton to Rockbridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Old Man's Cave
Old Man's Cave
Rockhouse ©
Rockhouse

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