60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA itinerary planner

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Madison
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ely
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
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Sheboygan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 5 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Sandusky
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Sandusky
— 3 nights
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
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Rockbridge
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Madison

— 5 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madison: Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green), Wisconsin Dells (Noah's Ark Water Park & Zipline) and Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, make a trip to Alumni Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co..

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Madison is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Madison due to the time zone difference. In August in Madison, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ely.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Ely

— 5 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ely: Grand Portage State Forest (in Grand Marais) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, explore the activities along Temperance River, and stroll through North American Bear Center.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ely online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madison to Ely takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Madison in August, expect Ely to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Duluth

— 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with a short trip to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves in Bayfield (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: learn and have fun at Lake Superior Art Glass, admire the majestic nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, stroll around Leif Erikson Park, and don't miss a visit to Canal Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth attractions planning tool.

Getting from Ely to Duluth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ely in August since evenings lows in Duluth dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Quincy Mine (in Hancock), Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Ironwood (Miners Memorial Heritage Park & Black River Harbor Recreation Area).

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Traveling by car from Duluth to Ontonagon takes 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Ontonagon due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, get great views at Au Train Point, and stroll through Chapel Rock and Beach.

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Drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sheboygan.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sheboygan

— 4 nights
Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sheboygan: Green Bay Botanical Garden (in Green Bay), Luxembourg American Cultural Society (in Belgium) and EAA Aviation Museum (in Oshkosh). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Bookworm Gardens, play a few rounds at Whistling Straits Golf Course - Straits and Irish, relax in the rural setting at The Farm, and stroll around Cave Point County Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sheboygan vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Munising to Sheboygan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. September in Sheboygan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Sheboygan

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Ludington

— 5 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (in Grand Rapids), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Stony Lake Stables (in New Era). There's lots more to do: stroll around Ludington State Park, have fun and explore at Sandcastles Children's Museum, stroll through Fifth Avenue Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington journey planning website.

You can drive from Sheboygan to Ludington in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Ludington are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 5 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more), Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Traverse City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and head outdoors with Mackinac Cycle.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in September: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sandusky.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Sandusky

— 3 nights
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Venture out of the city with trips to Put in Bay (South Bass Island & Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial) and Toledo (National Museum of the Great Lakes & Oak Openings Preserve Metropark). There's more to do: cool off at Cedar Point and examine the collection at Merry-Go-Round Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sandusky trip maker website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Sandusky in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Sandusky, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 5 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.
Explore Cleveland's surroundings by going to Youngstown (The Butler Institute of American Art & Fellows Riverside Gardens), F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron) and Warther Museum (in Dover). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, browse the exhibits of A Christmas Story House, get engrossed in the history at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cleveland day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sandusky to Cleveland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trips

Rockbridge

— 2 nights
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stroll through Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Jet Pack Water Adventure and then get outside with National Trail Raceway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rockbridge trip planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Rockbridge in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Rockbridge when traveling from Cleveland in October, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Adventure · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 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, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, walk around Millennium Park, and learn more about the world around you at Field Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rockbridge to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Rockbridge to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip