60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip planner

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Chicago
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Springfield
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Wisconsin Dells
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Ely
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Ironwood
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Petoskey
— 3 nights
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Detroit
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Cleveland
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Columbus
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Cincinnati
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Indianapolis
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Fort Wayne
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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.
Kids will enjoy The Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs) and First Division Museum at Cantigny (in Wheaton). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and learn more about the world around you at Field Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip tool.

South Bend to Chicago is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March in Chicago, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Family-friendly places like Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Children's Discovery Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Wildlife Prairie Park (in Hanna City) and Peoria (Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum & Grand View Drive). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, explore the galleries of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Springfield driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago in March, expect nights in Springfield to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells

— 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Elusive Escape Rooms and Wizard Quest will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wisconsin Dells: Snowflake Ski Club (in Westby), Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville) and Horicon Marsh (in Mayville). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum, get your game on at Capones Old Time Pic. Studio, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells visit planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Wisconsin Dells takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. In April, Wisconsin Dells is a bit cooler than Springfield - with highs of 53°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Escape Game and Nickelodeon Universe. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannon Valley Trail (in Cannon Falls), Big Stone Mini-golf and Sculpture Garden (in Minnetrista) and Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get your game on at Twin Cities Trapeze Center, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Mill Ruins Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip maker app.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and Trezona Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park), Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama) and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park, go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Onyx Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ely trip planner.

Drive from Minneapolis to Ely in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, Ely is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 45°F and lows of 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ironwood

— 5 nights
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Kids will enjoy Minocqua Winter Park and North Lakeland Discovery Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Bayfield (Pike's Creek Mt Ashwabay Ski Trails & Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves), Boulder Junction (Boulder Junction Area Trail System & Boulder Junction) and Bond Falls (in Ontonagon). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Mt. Zion Ski Hill & Overlook, glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, and hike along WinMan Trails.

Before you visit Ironwood, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Ely to Ironwood by car takes about 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 3 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nub's Nob and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. Change things up with these side-trips from Petoskey: Hanson Hills Recreation Area (in Grayling), Beer Tastings & Tours (in Traverse City) and Frederic (Sledheads of Frederic & Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing). And it doesn't end there: stop by Chillermania!, get outside with Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing, hit the slopes at Tommy's Ski and Wake School, and grab your bike and head to North Western State Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Petoskey driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ironwood to Petoskey takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Ironwood to Petoskey, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Detroit

— 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Decode Ann Arbor and Toledo Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Toledo (Oak Openings Preserve Metropark & Toledo Zoo), Black Swamp Bird Observatory (in Oak Harbor) and Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum & Parker Mill Park). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, get outside with Drake Sports Park, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Petoskey to Detroit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Petoskey in April, with highs in Detroit at 57°F and lows at 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Bring the kids along to The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cedar Point. Get out of town with these interesting Cleveland side-trips: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron), Fellows Riverside Gardens (in Youngstown) and Back to the Wild (in Castalia). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, grab your bike and head to Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail Park, ski along the peaceful trails at Girdled Road Reservation, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chagrin Waterfalls.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cleveland online holiday planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Cleveland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Columbus

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbus: Logan (Old Man's Cave & Ash Cave), Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve (in Rockbridge) and Mansfield (Snow Trails & Richland Carrousel Park). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, experience rural life at Gallant Farm Preserve, get your game on at Ragnarok Axe Throwing, and admire the sheer force of Honey Run Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Columbus travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Columbus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Houdini's Room Escape and Miami Valley Gaming. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cincinnati: Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford), Cincinnati Axe Throwing (in West Chester) and Kings Island (in Mason). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino, squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, and take a peaceful walk through Redbird Hollow Preserve.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati trip planner.

You can drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cincinnati are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Children's Museum of Indianapolis and WonderLab will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Indianapolis: Morse Reservoir (in Cicero), Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield) and Monon Trail (in Carmel). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, gain insight at Indiana University, trek along Salt Creek Trail, and experience the excitement of Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Indianapolis online trip builder.

Drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Wayne

— 4 nights
Family-friendly places like Room to Escape and Basilica of the Sacred Heart will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Wayne: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (in Auburn), Winamac (Pulaski County Public Library & Panhandle Pathway) and Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes (in South Bend).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Wayne trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Fort Wayne sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trips