30 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

30 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip planner

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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
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Winona
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
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Rockbridge
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 4 nights
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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Chicago

— 5 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: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planning tool.

Chennai, India to Chicago is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 11.5 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Chennai in November; daily highs in Chicago reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Duluth.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Superior Hiking Trail & Gooseberry Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Lake Superior Art Glass, get engrossed in the history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Canal Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Duluth online visit planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in November, with highs in Duluth at 5°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Bond Falls and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Presque Isle River and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon online attractions planner.

Drive from Duluth to Ontonagon in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Winona

— 3 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to International Owl Center (in Houston), Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Motherhouse (in La Crosse) and Buena Vista Park (in Alma). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, cruise along Garvin Heights City Park, stroll through National Eagle Center, and admire all the interesting features of Old Hwy 61.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Winona trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Winona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Winona

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Christ Apple Orchard (in Elmwood) and Grand View Drive (in Peoria). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, relax in the rural setting at Apple Barn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip site.

You can drive from Winona to Springfield in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Winona in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Cincinnati

— 3 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Get out of town with these interesting Cincinnati side-trips: Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force). The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverwalk, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and take in the views from Roebling Suspension Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cincinnati vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Springfield to Cincinnati in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Cincinnati are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rockbridge trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Rockbridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Rockbridge, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Cleveland

— 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cleveland: Cedar Point (in Sandusky), F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron) and The Farm at Walnut Creek (in Sugarcreek). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and stroll around Rocky River Reservation.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rockbridge to Cleveland by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Rockbridge in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cleveland, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

Detroit

— 4 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to Toledo (Oak Openings Preserve Metropark & Toledo Museum of Art) and Erwin's Orchard (in South Lyon). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Cleveland to Detroit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Detroit, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29: