36 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

36 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip planner

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Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Drive to Cleveland
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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Milwaukee
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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South Bend
— 2 nights
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Toledo
— 3 nights
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Cleveland

— 3 nights

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: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron), Youngstown (Fellows Riverside Gardens & The Butler Institute of American Art) and Toboggan Chutes (in Strongsville). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, steep yourself in history at Wade Memorial Chapel, and browse the eclectic array of goods at West Side Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cleveland holiday builder site.

Karachi, Pakistan to Cleveland is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Karachi to Cleveland, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Karachi in April, with highs in Cleveland at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trips

Columbus

— 3 nights

The Discovery City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbus: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (in Powell), Rockbridge (Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve & Zipline) and Logan (Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus, admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and walk around Scioto Grove Metro Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Columbus tour app.

You can drive from Cleveland to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Cleveland in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Columbus: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 4 nights

The Queen of the West

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cincinnati: Hawthorn Hill (in Oakwood (Montgomery County)), Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield) and Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Portsmouth Floodwall Mural, stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, learn more about the world around you at Cincinnati Museum Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cincinnati online trip planner.

You can drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Indianapolis: Monon Trail (in Carmel), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and Columbus (The Miller House and Garden & North Christian Church). There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, deepen your understanding at Indiana University, walk around Brown County State Park, and trek along Salt Creek Trail.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Springfield, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 3 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, walk around Lebanon Hills Regional Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis online vacation maker.

You can fly from Springfield to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Springfield in April: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 14°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 3 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Venture out of the city with trips to Horicon Marsh (in Mayville) and Memorial Union Terrace (in Madison). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Josaphat, admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take an in-depth tour of Mitchell Gallery of Flight.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milwaukee road trip app.

Getting from Minneapolis to Milwaukee by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

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, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Chicago journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Milwaukee to Chicago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milwaukee in April: highs in Chicago hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to South Bend.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

South Bend

— 2 nights
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the striking features of Century of Progress Architectural District, then admire the natural beauty at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of La Porte County Historical Society Museum, then get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel, and then enjoy the sea views from St. Joseph Lighthouses.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the South Bend trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to South Bend takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Toledo.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Toledo

— 3 nights
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The 577 Foundation and then walk around Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Toledo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from South Bend to Toledo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Toledo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toledo

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips