39 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Milwaukee
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Milwaukee
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Cincinnati
— 4 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cleveland
— 3 nights
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Toledo
— 3 nights
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South Bend
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Milwaukee — 4 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milwaukee: Geneva Lake (in Lake Geneva), Portage WWII History Museum (in Portage) and Horicon Marsh (in Mayville). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Josaphat, examine the collection at EAA Aviation Museum, make a trip to Memorial Union Terrace, and admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Milwaukee road trip site.

Bagdogra, India to Milwaukee is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 11.5 hours traveling from Bagdogra to Milwaukee due to the time zone difference. In April, Milwaukee is much colder than Bagdogra - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Springfield.
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Springfield — 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Soulsby Service Station (in Mount Olive) and Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, let little ones run wild at Washington Park, and steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Springfield attractions planner.

You can fly from Milwaukee to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milwaukee in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Springfield: highs are around 21°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Indianapolis: Columbus (The Miller House and Garden & Bartholomew County Veteran's Memorial), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and Brown County State Park (in Nashville). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery and Distillery, and deepen your understanding at Indiana University.

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Getting from Springfield to Indianapolis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cincinnati.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cincinnati: Hawthorn Hill (in Oakwood (Montgomery County)), Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth) and Dayton (National Museum of the US Air Force & Carillon Historical Park). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cincinnati route maker website.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Cincinnati takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cincinnati can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Columbus.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Columbus side-trips: Logan (Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, &more) and Rockbridge (Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve & Zipline). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus, see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and explore the world behind art at Otherworld.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Columbus trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Columbus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cleveland: Akron (The Peanut Shoppe & F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm) and Youngstown (The Butler Institute of American Art & Fellows Riverside Gardens). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Cathedral, and try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cleveland online vacation planner.

Drive from Columbus to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Columbus, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Toledo.
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Toledo — 3 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village), Law Quadrangle (in Ann Arbor) and Elizabeth Park (in Trenton). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art and walk around Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Toledo route planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Toledo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Toledo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to South Bend.
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South Bend — 1 night

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame, and finally take in the pleasant sights at The Riverwalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our South Bend sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Toledo to South Bend takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in South Bend sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chicago.
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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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and stop by The Magnificent Mile.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip website.

Getting from South Bend to Chicago by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from South Bend to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 5 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.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Rochester (The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

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You can fly from Chicago to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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