38 days in Midwest Itinerary

38 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Detroit
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
Fly to Milwaukee, Train to Wisconsin Dells
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
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Bismarck
— 1 night
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Rapid City
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Detroit — 3 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: FasTrak Exotic Driving Experience (in Grosse Ile), Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and Ann Arbor (St. Thomas the Apostle Ann Arbor, Michigan & Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Detroit Historical Museum.

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Madurai, India to Detroit is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 10.5 hours. Traveling from Madurai in February, things will get cooler in Detroit: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Traverse City.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Traverse City — 4 nights

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire), Cross Country Ski Headquarters (in Roscommon) and Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing (in Frederic). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, fly down the slopes at Nub's Nob, stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, and stroll through Hanson Hills Recreation Area.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip planner.

Fly from Detroit to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Traverse City, with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Chicago.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Chicago — 5 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: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip planning website.

You can fly from Traverse City to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Traverse City in February, you will find days in Chicago are somewhat warmer (2°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Indianapolis.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Indianapolis — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Exotic Feline Rescue Center (in Centerpoint), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and McCormick's Creek State Park (in Spencer). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Central Canal, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis itinerary planning site.

Getting from Chicago to Indianapolis by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. February in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wineries
Side Trips

Saint Louis — 5 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Louis: Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Springfield (Lincoln Memorial Garden & Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, stroll through The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, take an in-depth tour of Missouri Civil War Museum, and explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint Louis tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Saint Louis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Wisconsin Dells.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells — 2 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at The House on the Rock and then see the interesting displays at Tommy Bartlett Exploratory. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Mountain.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Saint Louis to Wisconsin Dells takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Saint Louis in February, expect Wisconsin Dells to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Duluth.
Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trips

Duluth — 4 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Pike's Creek Mt Ashwabay Ski Trails (in Bayfield) and White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures (in Ely). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, stroll around Canal Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Ice Caves, and admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Duluth travel route planner.

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Duluth, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Minneapolis.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Minneapolis — 4 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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, fly down the slopes at Central Park Ice Skating Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, and don't miss a visit to Landmark Center.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Duluth to Minneapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Bismarck.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Bismarck — 1 night

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): engage your brain at Gateway to Science, get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Laughing Sun Brewing Co..

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bismarck trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Bismarck takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bismarck, with lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rapid City.
Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks

Rapid City — 4 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Loop Road (in Badlands National Park), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Sylvan Lake (in Custer). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Terry Peak Ski Area, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Lost Cabin Beer Co., and indulge in some personalized pampering at Stress Relief Massage of Deadwood.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bismarck to Rapid City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bismarck to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bismarck in March, expect Rapid City to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Missouri travel guide

4.5
Performances · Theaters · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

South Dakota travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.