33 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

33 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ely
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Bayfield
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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New Era
— 1 night
Drive
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Empire
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rockbridge
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Tel Aviv

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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 museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chicago when traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:

Wisconsin Dells

— 4 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Horicon Marsh. Venture out of the city with trips to Green Circle Trail (in Stevens Point), Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green) and George W. Mead Wildlife Area (in Milladore). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Original Wisconsin Ducks, take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Wisconsin Dells. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ely.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Soudan Underground Mine and North American Bear Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Vermilion Falls (in Orr), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Gooseberry Falls State Park (in Two Harbors). There's more to do: hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail and look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely trip maker tool.

Fly from Wisconsin Dells to Ely in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in September, expect Ely to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayfield.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Bayfield

— 2 nights
Bayfield is a city in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Big Bay State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Copper Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Big Bay Town Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Bayfield online route maker.

Getting from Ely to Bayfield by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Bayfield

Parks · Nature · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Ontonagon

— 4 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Bond Falls and Little Carp River Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Keweenaw National Historical Park (in Calumet) and Black River Harbor Recreation Area (in Ironwood).

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ontonagon road trip planner.

You can drive from Bayfield to Ontonagon in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bayfield to Ontonagon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

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. Take a break from the city and head to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Fayette Historic State Park. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Marquette (Sugarloaf Mountain & Presque Isle Park) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiawatha National Forest, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Era.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

New Era

— 1 night
New Era is a village in Shelby Township, Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 20th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, trot along with Stony Lake Stables, and then relax in the rural setting at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Era road trip planner.

Drive from Munising to New Era in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in New Era can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in New Era

Parks · Trails · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

Empire

— 4 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. When in Empire, make a side trip to see Reelin Leland Fishing Charters in Leland, approximately Leland away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and trek along Pyramid Point Trail.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Empire fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from New Era to Empire takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Empire are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Rockbridge

— 2 nights
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Licking county Bike trails and then get outside with Jet Pack Water Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rockbridge attractions site.

Fly from Empire to Rockbridge in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Empire, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rockbridge, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 27th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then get outside with Mackinac Cycle, and then glide peacefully along the water with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Rockbridge to Mackinac Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Rockbridge, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28: