9 days in Midwest Itinerary

9 days in Midwest Itinerary

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9 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + bus:  8​h
1
Madison
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Green Bay
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Rockbridge
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Detroit
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Ann Arbor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lansing
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
South Bend
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 14th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Henry Vilas Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Madison online route planner .

Los Angeles to Madison is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Madison is 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madison, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Green Bay.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Olbrich Botanical Gardens ©
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Wisconsin State Capitol ©
Wisconsin State Capitol
Henry Vilas Zoo ©
Henry Vilas Zoo

1
night
Green Bay

Green Bay ©
Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Green Bay Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Lambeau Field, and then examine the collection at Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Green Bay trip planner .

Drive from Madison to Green Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Green Bay are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Green Bay Botanical Garden ©
Green Bay Botanical Garden
Lambeau Field ©
Lambeau Field
Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame ©
Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame

1
day
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 16th (Tue), Head underground at Ash Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rockbridge day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Green Bay to Rockbridge takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Green Bay to Rockbridge is 1 hour. July in Rockbridge sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks Adventure Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Cave
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©
Ash Cave ©
Ash Cave

1
night
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally explore and take pictures at Comerica Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit tour planner.

You can drive from Rockbridge to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Detroit are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along Parker Mill Park and then experience rural life at Stone Coop Farm.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ann Arbor fast, fun, and easy.

You can take a train from Detroit to Ann Arbor in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Ann Arbor. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Stone Coop Farm
Highlights from your plan
Parker Mill Park ©
Parker Mill Park
Stone Coop Farm ©
Stone Coop Farm

few
hours
Lansing

Lansing ©
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lansing day trip site .

Getting from Ann Arbor to Lansing by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Lansing, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to South Bend.
Highlights from your plan
Michigan State University ©
Michigan State University

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night
South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Spicer Lake County Park, then take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our South Bend trip planner .

You can drive from Lansing to South Bend in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in South Bend can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spicer Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
University of Notre Dame ©
University of Notre Dame
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago online trip builder .

You can take a train from South Bend to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from South Bend in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Chicago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore and take pictures at Missouri Botanical Garden, then have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis, then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Saint Louis hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis ©
Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis

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