60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Indianapolis
— 6 nights
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Cincinnati
— 6 nights
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Columbus
— 5 nights
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
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Detroit
— 6 nights
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
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Milwaukee
— 6 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nashville (Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines & Brown County State Park), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and Indiana University (in Bloomington). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at The Escape Room Fishers, see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, steep yourself in history at Indianapolis Museum of Art, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Sycamore Winery.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Indianapolis is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January, Indianapolis is much colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 2°C and lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. ©
Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co.
The Escape Room Fishers ©
The Escape Room Fishers
Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines ©
Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines

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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cincinnati: Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield), Dayton (America's Packard Museum - The Citizens Motorcar Co., Carillon Historical Park, &more) and Perfect North Slopes (in Lawrenceburg). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on Cincy Brew Bus, explore the world behind art at Weston Art Gallery, look for gifts at Rookwood, and stroll around Smale Riverfront Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cincinnati trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cincy Brew Bus ©
Cincy Brew Bus
JACK Cincinnati Casino ©
JACK Cincinnati Casino
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
National Museum of the US Air Force

5
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Columbus

Columbus ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spi (in Mount Vernon), Delaware (Gallant Farm Preserve & Black Wing Shooting Center) and Snow Trails (in Mansfield). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, take an in-depth tour of Heritage Center of Clark County, hit the slopes at Mad River Mountain, and let your taste buds guide you at Columbus Food Adventures.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Columbus tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Columbus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Columbus sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum ©
Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum
Columbus Food Adventures ©
Columbus Food Adventures
Snow Trails ©
Snow Trails

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Chagrin Waterfalls (in Chagrin Falls), Girdled Road Reservation (in Concord) and Hundley Cellars (in Geneva). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, examine the collection at Warther Museum, try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, and pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cleveland trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Columbus to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Columbus in February, expect nights in Cleveland to be about the same, around -6°C, while days are little chillier, around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Fun & Games · Parks · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Girdled Road Reservation ©
Girdled Road Reservation
Warther Museum ©
Warther Museum

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Detroit

Detroit ©

The Motor City

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: Snook's Dream Cars (in Bowling Green), FasTrak Exotic Driving Experience (in Grosse Ile) and Toledo (Toledo Museum of Art, Trapped Toledo, &more). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Feet On The Street Tours, stop by Horrocks Farm Market, walk around Kellogg Park, and get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Detroit day trip planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Detroit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Toledo Museum of Art ©
Toledo Museum of Art
Feet On The Street Tours ©
Feet On The Street Tours
Trapped Toledo ©
Trapped Toledo

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nub's Nob (in Harbor Springs), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire) and Tommy's Ski and Wake School (in Walloon Lake). There's still lots to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing, stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caberfae Peaks, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Detroit to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Traverse City, with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing ©
Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing
Beer Tastings & Tours

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park (in Belle Plaine) and Escape MSP - Lakeville (in Lakeville). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, get a dose of the wild on Stone Arch Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis route planning tool.

You can fly from Traverse City to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Traverse City to Minneapolis. In March, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake of the Isles ©
Lake of the Isles
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mall of America ©
Mall of America

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Duluth

Duluth ©

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Ely (Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips & White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures), Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella) and Bayfield (Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves & Pike's Creek Mt Ashwabay Ski Trails). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, make a trip to Canal Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, and take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Duluth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, you will find days in Duluth are little chillier (1°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures ©
White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves ©

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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wisconsin Dells: Snowflake Ski Club (in Westby) and Madison (Wisconsin State Capitol & Olbrich Botanical Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Portage WWII History Museum, hit the slopes at Cascade Mountain, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get a taste of the local shopping with Flyways Waterfowl Experience.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells online itinerary planner.

Getting from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Duluth in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wisconsin Dells, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Portage WWII History Museum ©
Portage WWII History Museum
Snowflake Ski Club ©
Snowflake Ski Club
Cascade Mountain ©
Cascade Mountain

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©

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: Cedar Creek Settlement (in Cedarburg), Escape Room Wisconsin (in Appleton) and Barlow Planetarium (in Menasha). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Milwaukee Public Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures, and admire the landmark architecture of SC Johnson Headquarters.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Milwaukee road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Rotary Botanical Gardens ©
Rotary Botanical Gardens
Escape Room Wisconsin ©
Escape Room Wisconsin
Milwaukee Public Museum ©
Milwaukee Public Museum

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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: SaltTreeYoga (in Ottawa) and Museum of the Gilding Arts (in Pontiac). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and stroll around Millennium Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chicago online journey planner.

Drive from Milwaukee to Chicago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Millennium Park
Millennium Park

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