7 days in Midwest Itinerary

7 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest tour builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Keystone
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive
3
New Era
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sandusky
— 1 night
Fly

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Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): cruise along Iron Mountain Road and then look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Keystone trip planning site.

New York City to Keystone is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Keystone. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Keystone are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are cooler (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chicago travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Keystone to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Chicago. Traveling from Keystone in August, expect Chicago to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to New Era.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

New Era

— 1 night
New Era is a village in Shelby Township, Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 6th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, explore by horseback at Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then relax in the rural setting at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New Era tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Chicago to New Era in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New Era due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in New Era reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sandusky.

Things to do in New Era

Parks · Trails · Tours · Outdoors

Sandusky

— 1 night
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Back to the Wild and then cool off at Cedar Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sandusky driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from New Era to Sandusky takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from New Era in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sandusky, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip