Itinerary – Thrills of the Midwest
Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio

Regional Suggestions Detroit | Indianapolis | St. Louis | Louisville | Cincinnati | Cleveland

About this itinerary

Driving distance: 1204 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 10 Nights
Recommended travel season: Summer
With a huge range of attractions from low-key to high-speed, this region of the Midwest has something for nearly every taste. Hit the race tracks, savour some bourbon, and take a lesson from history.

Detroit, Michigan


Revitalisations in Motor City have brought a wave of gentrification. The must-see Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation houses cars, planes, and rare items such as former President JFK's limousine. See where music icons, such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, recorded hits at the Motown Museum. Explore the aquarium, zoo, museum, beach and other areas of Belle Isle Park. There's also several casinos and Cliff Bell's legendary nightclub.
To next stop: 287 miles| Total distance travelled: 0 miles


Indianapolis, Indiana

Here, in the home of the Indy 500, it's all about auto-racing. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum displays all types of memorabilia, or adrenaline seekers can drive a real IndyCar at the Indy Racing Experience. A bicycle tour of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is more tranquil, offering the opportunity to explore neighbourhoods and cultural districts. Cycle to White River State Park, home to live concerts, a baseball field, a zoo and two museums.
To next stop: 307 miles | Total distance travelled: 278 miles

St. Louis, Missouri

The Gateway Arch, towering 192 metres above the city centre in St. Louis, is the city's claim to fame. Take the tram to the top for sweeping views of the skyline. The whimsical City Museum is a hands-on interactive attraction made entirely of recycled materials found within municipal boundaries. Tour the largest and oldest Anheuser-Busch brewery and order a frozen custard from Ted Drewes, a St. Louis dessert institution.
To next stop: 260 miles | Total distance travelled: 594 miles


Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville is home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby thoroughbred horse race, held each May. Visit the racetrack for a guided tour and check out the Kentucky Derby Museum. Louisville has been producing bourbon since 1780; today, one-third of the world's bourbon is distilled here: try some on the Urban Bourbon Trail. For beautiful views of Louisville and the Ohio River, book a cruise on the 1914 Belle of Louisville steamboat.
To next stop: 100 miles | Total distance travelled: 854 miles

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati is an upbeat city known for its sports teams, quirky foods and German heritage. At its heart is Fountain Square, an outdoor plaza popular for events and recreation, as restaurants and pubs surround the square. When the weather is nice, the historic Findlay Market is ideal for sampling local delicacies and picking up unique souvenirs. U.S. civil rights history is thoughtfully explored at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
To next stop: 250 miles | Total distance travelled: 954 miles


Cleveland, Ohio

A day in Cleveland, Ohio, absolutely must include a visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the heart of the city centre. Exhibits and artefacts covering all things rock 'n' roll are housed in the museum's distinctive glass pyramid. Many flock to Lake Erie and Cedar Point Amusement Park for its roller coasters, water-park and beach. Northfield Park is home to casinos for those seeking nightlife. Fly from Cleveland with one stopover back to the UK.
Total distance travelled: 1204 miles

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