8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Empire
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Saint Louis
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Empire driving holiday planning tool .

Philadelphia to Empire is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, Empire is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Empire

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Head to The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Centerfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner .

You can fly from Empire to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Empire to Chicago. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Empire in July; daily highs in Chicago reach 83°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer travel planner.

Getting from Chicago to Custer by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Custer dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Insideout
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
day
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House, then see the interesting displays at City Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saint Louis trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Saint Louis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Saint Louis. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Saint Louis reach 89°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
City Museum ©
City Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

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 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, hunt for treasures at West Side Market, then make a trip to A Christmas Story House, and finally look for gifts at Malley's Chocolates.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Cleveland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Cleveland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Saint Louis in July, plan for slightly colder days in Cleveland, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Malley's Chocolates
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
West Side Market ©
West Side Market
A Christmas Story House ©
A Christmas Story House

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