15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel planner
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munising
— 3 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Saint Louis — 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, walk around Forest Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online route planner.

Tallahassee to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallahassee to Saint Louis. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tallahassee in August, with highs in Saint Louis at 87°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.
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Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 3rd (Thu), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Custer trip planning site.

Getting from Saint Louis to Custer by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Custer due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Saint Louis in August, with highs in Custer at 77°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Duluth.
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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 5th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Amnicon Falls State Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Duluth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer to Duluth, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Custer in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Duluth. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ontonagon.
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Ontonagon — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Presque Isle River and then stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Ontonagon takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth to Ontonagon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 3 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and look for all kinds of wild species at Chapel Rock and Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munising trip planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Chicago.
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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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chicago online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Chicago. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Munising in August; daily highs in Chicago reach 83°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cleveland.
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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 15th (Tue), examine the collection at A Christmas Story House, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Cleveland are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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