33 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

33 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip planner
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Fly
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ely
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Bayfield
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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New Era
— 1 night
Drive
8
Empire
— 4 nights
Fly
9
Rockbridge
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Chicago — 4 nights

Windy City

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, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago day trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chicago when traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.
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Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Wisconsin Dells — 4 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and George W. Mead Wildlife Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Green Circle Trail (in Stevens Point), Horicon Marsh (in Mayville) and Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Original Wisconsin Ducks, take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Wisconsin Dells. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ely.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Ely — 3 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Soudan Underground Mine and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). There's still lots to do: get curious at North American Bear Center, stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, and hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ely online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Wisconsin Dells to Ely takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in September; daily highs in Ely reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayfield.
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Side Trips

Bayfield — 2 nights

Bayfield is a city in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Big Bay State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Copper Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Big Bay Town Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bayfield online route maker.

Getting from Ely to Bayfield by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ontonagon.
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Ontonagon — 4 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Bond Falls and Presque Isle River. Venture out of the city with trips to Black River Harbor Recreation Area (in Ironwood) and Keweenaw National Historical Park (in Calumet).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon day trip site.

You can drive from Bayfield to Ontonagon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Munising.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trips

Munising — 5 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Take a break from the city and head to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Presque Isle Park. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park), Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden) and Sugarloaf Mountain (in Marquette). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Hiawatha National Forest, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to New Era.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

New Era — 1 night

New Era is a village in Shelby Township, Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 20th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, trot along with Stony Lake Stables, and then relax in the rural setting at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Era road trip planner.

Drive from Munising to New Era in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in New Era can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Empire.
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Tours · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Empire — 4 nights

Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Reelin Leland Fishing Charters. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, trek along Pyramid Point Trail, and cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Empire fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from New Era to Empire takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Empire are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rockbridge.
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Side Trips

Rockbridge — 2 nights

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Licking county Bike trails and then get interesting insight from Jet Pack Water Adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rockbridge online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Empire to Rockbridge takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Empire in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rockbridge: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 27th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take a memorable tour with Mackinac Cycle, and then glide peacefully along the water with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Rockbridge to Mackinac Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Rockbridge, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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