8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Columbus
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Sandusky
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Columbus

1
day
Sandusky

Sandusky ©
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and then make a splash at Cedar Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sandusky online trip itinerary builder.

Columbus to Sandusky is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks
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Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center ©
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago online road trip planner.

You can drive from Sandusky to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Sandusky to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

2
nights
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
On the 31st (Fri), get to know the resident critters at Wisconsin Deer Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells road trip tool.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Wisconsin Dells dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Wisconsin Deer Park ©
Wisconsin Deer Park

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Gateway Arch and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis road trip app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Wisconsin Dells to Saint Louis in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Saint Louis is somewhat warmer than Wisconsin Dells - with highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum

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