8 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

8 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

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Holland — 1 day

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

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New York City to Holland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Holland dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, enjoy the sea views from Grosse Point Lighthouse, and walk around Millennium Park.

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Traveling by flight from Holland to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati — 3 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.
Visit Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carillon Historical Park and Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. Step out of Cincinnati with an excursion to National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and get to know the fascinating history of Mount Adams.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Cincinnati, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rockbridge.
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Rockbridge — 1 night

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 9th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

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Getting from Cincinnati to Rockbridge by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Rockbridge sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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