8 days in Indianapolis, Ohio & Chicago Itinerary

8 days in Indianapolis, Ohio & Chicago Itinerary

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8 days in Indianapolis, Ohio & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Indianapolis
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Dayton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Rockbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Vermilion
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indianapolis Zoo, then bet on your favorite at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and finally look for gifts at Goose The Market.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis day trip planning site .

Phoenix to Indianapolis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in July, with highs in Indianapolis at 83°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dayton.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo

1
night
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Carillon Historical Park, then stop by Esther Price Fine Chocolates, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, and finally get outside with Dayton Dragons Baseball.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dayton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Dayton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dayton can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Dayton

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
Esther Price Fine Chocolates ©
Esther Price Fine Chocolates

1
night
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 16th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockbridge travel route planner .

You can drive from Dayton to Rockbridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rockbridge can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vermilion.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks Adventure Wildlife
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Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©

1
night
Vermilion

Vermilion ©
Vermilion is a city in Erie and Lorain counties in the U.S. On the 17th (Wed), look for gifts at Brummer's Chocolates, enjoy the sand and surf at Main Street Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeview Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vermilion trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rockbridge to Vermilion takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Vermilion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lakeview Park
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Lakeview Park ©
Lakeview Park
Main Street Beach ©
Main Street Beach
Brummer's Chocolates ©
Brummer's Chocolates

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy Museum of Science and Industry and Lincoln Park Zoo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rosewood Beach in Highland Park (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, and ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

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Explore your travel options from Vermilion to Chicago with the Route module. Traveling from Vermilion to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Rosewood Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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