15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel route maker

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Cleveland
— 1 day
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Cleveland

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Philadelphia to Cleveland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Cleveland

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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.
On the 28th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Fly from Cleveland to Saint Louis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cleveland in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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 a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, walk around Millennium Park, and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

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

Getting from Saint Louis to Chicago by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Custer.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:

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 2nd (Fri), cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Custer visit planner.

Fly from Chicago to Custer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Custer at 71°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): cruise along Loop Road and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Duluth.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Duluth is known for museums, parks, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Lake Superior Art Glass, admire the majestic nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, walk around Enger Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Badlands National Park to Duluth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Duluth is 1 hour. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon itinerary planning app.

Drive from Duluth to Ontonagon in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Duluth to Ontonagon is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.