Im leaving to Chicago with a friend in a couple of weeks. Initially we went for another purpose but this has been cancelled, therefore we now have 17 days to do a road trip starting and ending in Chicago.
I currently have planned following route but I am open to any suggestions. We would like to have a mix of culture, nature,..
Hiawatha national forest (lake superior): 4-5
Toronto + Niagara Falls: 6-8
Washington DC: 12-14
Cleveland + back to Chicago (probably with short stops in Cuyahoga Valley & Indiana Dunes to include some nature): 15-17
As mentioned, I am open to any suggestions as I am not too familiar with the region. I decided to focus on the (North)-east of Chicago as it seems to be the most interesting option but feel free to offer alternatives. One option I am considering is to exclude Washington and spend some more time in the other places as otherwise it might feel too rushed? or maybe replace Washington by NYC to reduce the distance (although I've already visited NYC before).