8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h
3
Munising
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Hart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Empire
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Magnificent Mile and The Field Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Indianapolis to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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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

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, stroll through Presidential Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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Fly from Chicago to Keystone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Keystone. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get slightly colder in Keystone: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Iron Mountain Road
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

1
day
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Munising trip builder site .

Getting from Keystone to Munising by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Keystone in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hart.

Things to do in Munising

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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nights
Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. On the 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Stearns Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fifth Avenue Beach. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, do a tasting at The Fox Barn Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hart trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munising to Hart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Fox Barn Winery, Stearns Park, Fifth Avenue Beach
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Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach
The Fox Barn Winery ©
The Fox Barn Winery

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night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): trek along Empire Bluff Trail and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Empire trip builder tool .

You can drive from Hart to Empire in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Wildlife Trails
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