60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

60 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Make it your trip
Drive to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Fly to Detroit
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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Munising
— 3 nights
Fly to Duluth, Drive to Ely
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Ely
— 3 nights
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Galena
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Drive
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South Bend
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cincinnati
— 5 nights
Drive
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Columbus
— 5 nights
Drive
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Berlin
— 5 nights
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Drive to Thomaston

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Detroit — 4 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Flint Institute of Arts (in Flint), St. Julian Winery (in Frankenmuth) and Kerrytown (in Ann Arbor). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, relax and rejuvenate at Be Relax Spa, look for gifts at Morley Candy Makers - The Home of Sanders Candy, and get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Center.

Start your trip to Detroit by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Thomaston to Detroit is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Thomaston in February, things will get much colder in Detroit: highs are around 34°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Traverse City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas
Side Trips

Traverse City — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Walloon Lake Winery (in Petoskey), Nub's Nob (in Harbor Springs) and Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena). There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders, don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Planning Traverse City trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Fly from Detroit to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in February, Traverse City is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munising.
Wineries · Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trips

Munising — 3 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Step out of Munising with an excursion to Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures in McMillan--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and glide through natural beauty at Valley Spur.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Munising planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in February: highs in Munising hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ely.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ely — 3 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Take a break from Ely with a short trip to Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails in Isabella, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, indulge in some personalized pampering at The Pebble Spa Co., surround yourself with nature on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures, and stop by Piragis Northwoods Company.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ely road trip planning app.

Getting from Munising to Ely by combination of flight and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Ely due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Munising in February: high temperatures in Ely hover around 18°F and lows are around -4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Minneapolis — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Buena Vista Park (in Alma), Chippewa Falls (Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company & Leinie Lodge) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, don't miss a visit to Minneapolis Skyway System, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park Ice Skating Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in February, things will get a bit warmer in Minneapolis: highs are around 27°F and lows about 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galena.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Galena — 4 nights

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Jumer's Casino Rock Island (in Rock Island), Whispering Bluffs Winery (in Potosi) and Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Villa Louis, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galena trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Galena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Galena can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 12°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Chicago.
Wineries · Spas · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Chicago — 6 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. in DeKalb, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and get curious at Field Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Galena to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Chicago is a bit warmer than Galena - with highs of 36°F and lows of 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to South Bend.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

South Bend — 4 nights

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Change things up with these side-trips from South Bend: Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg), M Spa Salon and Day Spa (in Portage) and Bittersweet Ski Resort (in Otsego). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, do a tasting at Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery, see the interesting displays at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and look for gifts at Teaberry Wood Products.

Plan a South Bend trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Chicago to South Bend takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to South Bend due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in South Bend can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.
Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Spas · Wineries
Side Trips

Indianapolis — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Indianapolis: Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield), The Miller House and Garden (in Columbus) and Indiana University (in Bloomington). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, learn about winemaking at Belgian Horse Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery and Distillery, and look for gifts at Rocket Fizz.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis trip planner.

Traveling by car from South Bend to Indianapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cincinnati.
Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Cincinnati — 5 nights

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.
Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to Perfect North Slopes (in Lawrenceburg), National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton) and The Ridge Winery Tasting Room (in Vevay). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on Cincy Brew Bus, learn about winemaking at Lanthier Winery, stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, and admire all the interesting features of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati itinerary planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Columbus.
Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Columbus — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbus: Rockbridge (Zipline & Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve), Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth) and Rockside Winery and Vineyards (in Lancaster). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Easton Town Center, examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, hike along Cedar Falls Hiking Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of German Village.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Columbus online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Columbus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Berlin.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Berlin — 5 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Pine Tree Barn (in Wooster), French Ridge Vineyards (in Killbuck) and The Black Sheep Vineyard (in Adena).

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Columbus to Berlin in 2 hours. In March in Berlin, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Cleveland.
Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Cleveland — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (in Northfield), Brandywine Falls (in Sagamore Hills) and The Spa at The Lakehouse Inn (in Geneva on the Lake). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, stop by AAA I-76 Antique Mall, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and make a trip to Public Square.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland day trip planner.

Drive from Berlin to Cleveland in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Berlin in March, expect nights in Cleveland to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are slightly colder, around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
Side Trips