8 days in Chicago, Indianapolis & Ohio Itinerary

8 days in Chicago, Indianapolis & Ohio Itinerary

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8 days in Chicago, Indianapolis & Ohio Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Dayton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Perrysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. The Magnificent Mile and The Field Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Chicago to go to Highland Park and see Rosewood Beach, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planner .

Phoenix to Chicago is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in July, you will find days in Chicago are colder (83°F), and nights are little chillier (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rosewood Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

1
night
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
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.
On the 16th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, identify plant and animal life at Holliday Park, then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis road trip planning app .

You can drive from Chicago to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church ©

1
night
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, look for all kinds of wild species at Charleston Falls Preserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Cox Arboretum MetroPark.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dayton using our trip planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Dayton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Perrysburg.

Things to do in Dayton

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Charleston Falls Preserve, Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Charleston Falls Preserve ©
Charleston Falls Preserve
Cox Arboretum MetroPark ©
Cox Arboretum MetroPark

1
night
Perrysburg

Perrysburg ©
Perrysburg is a city in Wood County, Ohio, United States, along the south side of the Maumee River. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at National Museum of the Great Lakes, steep yourself in history at The 577 Foundation, and then stroll around Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Perrysburg vacation planning app .

You can drive from Dayton to Perrysburg in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Perrysburg can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Perrysburg

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark ©
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
National Museum of the Great Lakes ©
National Museum of the Great Lakes
The 577 Foundation ©
The 577 Foundation

2
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then stop by Campbells Popcorn Shop, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at West Side Market. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at A Christmas Story House, try your luck at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Heinen's Downtown.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cleveland day trip tool .

You can drive from Perrysburg to Cleveland in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
West Side Market ©
West Side Market

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