7 days in Midwest Itinerary

7 days in Midwest Itinerary

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7 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  4​h
1
South Bend
— Few hours
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

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South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our South Bend road trip website .

Atlanta to South Bend is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Atlanta in April, things will get slightly colder in South Bend: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Fourth Presbyterian Church. Get a sense of the local culture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Swallow Cliff Stairs in Palos Park, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, don't miss a visit to Marquette Building, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

Getting from South Bend to Chicago by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from South Bend to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, Swallow Cliff Stairs
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Springfield journey builder website .

You can drive from Chicago to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect nights in Springfield to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 15th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, then take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, then stroll the grounds of Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sachs Butterfly House, St. Charles Historic District, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District

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