8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h
1
Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Kansas City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
5
Dayton
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and then brush up on your military savvy at The Cleveland Gray's Armory Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of USS Cod Submarine Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then make a trip to A Christmas Story House, and finally admire all the interesting features of Progressive Field.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip planner.

New York City to Cleveland is an approximately 4-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Cleveland hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
A Christmas Story House ©
A Christmas Story House

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dearborn online route builder .

Drive from Cleveland to Dearborn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dearborn can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

Side Trip

Detroit
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
On the 11th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kansas City tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Dearborn to Kansas City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Dearborn to Kansas City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dearborn in July, with highs in Kansas City at 89°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums

Side Trip

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Science and Industry and The Field Museum. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago day trip planning app .

Fly from Kansas City to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in July; daily highs in Chicago reach 83°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dayton.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park, see the interesting displays at The Wright Cycle Company Complex, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and finally explore the world behind art at Dayton Metro Library.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Dayton day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Dayton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Dayton. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dayton

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
Dayton Metro Library ©
Dayton Metro Library

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