40 days in Midwest Itinerary

40 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest trip planner

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Sandusky
— 4 nights
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Empire
— 5 nights
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Hart
— 2 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 5 nights
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Custer
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Sandusky

— 4 nights
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Take a break from the city and head to Main Street Beach and Nickel Plate Beach. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of the Great Lakes and Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums (in Fremont), The 577 Foundation (in Perrysburg) and Maumee Bay State Park (in Oregon). There's much more to do: cool off at Cedar Point, enjoy the sea views from Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, and steep yourself in history at Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sandusky trip maker site.

Atlanta to Sandusky is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in August; daily highs in Sandusky reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Empire.

Things to do in Sandusky

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Empire

— 5 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lake Michigan Beach Park and Elberta Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Platte Point Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Empire: Fishtown (in Leland), Frankfort Beach (in Frankfort) and Bahle Farms (in Suttons Bay). There's much more to do: trek along Empire Bluff Trail, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Empire tour planner.

You can fly from Sandusky to Empire in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sandusky in August, things will get little chillier in Empire: highs are around 75°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hart.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Hart

— 2 nights
Hart is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 1st (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, then explore by horseback at Stony Lake Stables, and then relax in the rural setting at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hart trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Empire to Hart takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Hart

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Great Turtle Kayak Tours and St Anne's Catholic Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Mackinac and Trinity Church. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, tee off at Wawashkamo Golf Club, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Hart to Mackinac Island with the Route module. Traveling from Hart in September, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Fayette Historic State Park and Miner's Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historical Village Fayette Park and Lakenenland Sculpture Park. Step out of Munising with an excursion to Presque Isle Park in Marquette--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Munising tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. 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 (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 5 nights
Mineral Museum of Michigan and Ontonagon County Historical Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Adventure Mining Company and Big Bay Town Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Keweenaw National Historical Park (in Calumet) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock).

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ontonagon planning tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Duluth

— 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lakewalk and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. Escape the urban bustle at Soudan Underground Mine and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area (in Two Harbors). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Lake Superior Art Glass, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and get engrossed in the history at Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Duluth trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Ontonagon to Duluth in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ontonagon to Duluth is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Duluth are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Custer.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kids will enjoy Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel. Step out of the city life by going to Custer State Park and Black Elk Peak. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Keystone to see Presidential Trail about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Duluth to Custer in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Duluth in September, Custer is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Science and Industry and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Cantigny Park in Wheaton, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Custer to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Custer in September: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips