7 days in Midwest Itinerary

7 days in Midwest Itinerary

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7 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Bakersfield
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Ely
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Duluth
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Galena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Rock Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Bakersfield

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day
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at International Wolf Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and then don't miss a visit to Listening Point.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ely attractions planning site .

Bakersfield to Ely is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bakersfield to Ely. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bakersfield in January: high temperatures in Ely hover around 16°F and lows are around -4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Listening Point ©
Listening Point

1
night
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, see the interesting displays at Canal Park, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Duluth holiday planner.

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 temperatures traveling from Ely in January, with highs in Duluth at 22°F and lows at 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
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Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, then explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, and finally explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Milton Lee Olive Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Chicago vacation planning tool .

Getting from Duluth to Chicago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Duluth in January, with highs in Chicago at 32°F and lows at 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

1
night
Galena

Galena ©
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. On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, and finally sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co..

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Getting from Chicago to Galena by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Galena at 27°F and lows at 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rock Island.

Things to do in Galena

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Dubuque
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Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

1
night
Rock Island

Rock Island
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. On the 20th (Sun), admire the engineering at Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 16 and then try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

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

Drive from Galena to Rock Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rock Island are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rock Island

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

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