10 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

10 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Drive
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Duluth
— 1 night
Fly
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive
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Columbus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dayton
— 1 night
Drive to James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Fly to Sioux City

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Duluth

— 1 night

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Lake Superior Art Glass and then admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Amnicon Falls State Park and then stroll through Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.

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Sioux City to Duluth is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sioux City in September: highs in Duluth hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Wildlife · Classes · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, get curious at Field Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago online route planner.

You can fly from Duluth to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in September: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

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.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cleveland trip maker site.

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cleveland. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Columbus

— 2 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, then examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and then pedal to the sights with Pedal Wagon Columbus. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Rockhouse and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Columbus trip planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Columbus

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Dayton

— 1 night

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, then contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dayton trip planner.

Getting from Columbus to Dayton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dayton

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3: