9 days in Midwest Itinerary

9 days in Midwest Itinerary

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9 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Drive:  11​h
1
Munising
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Empire
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Rockbridge
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
6
Youngstown
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Plattsburgh

1
day
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner .

Plattsburgh to Munising is an approximately 13.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Munising

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Custer in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Munising to Custer. Traveling from Munising in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Custer

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

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Chicago by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get a bit warmer in Chicago: highs are around 83°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, trek along Empire Bluff Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Empire vacation site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Empire in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Empire is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Empire

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Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

1
day
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 9th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rockbridge road trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Empire to Rockbridge in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Empire in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rockbridge: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Youngstown.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©

1
night
Youngstown

Youngstown ©
Youngstown is a city in and the county seat of Mahoning County in the U.S. On the 10th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Mill Creek Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Youngstown travel website .

Traveling by car from Rockbridge to Youngstown takes 3.5 hours. In August in Youngstown, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Youngstown

Wildlife Parks Trails
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Mill Creek Park ©
Mill Creek Park

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