• Midwest

    Visit several Big Ten campuses as we see the best of the Midwest!

  • Midwest College Tour

    Join CXT for the ultimate Midwestern college road trip! Travel through multiple states and hundreds of miles hitting the best of the Midwest. From the urban colleges of the Chicago area to the Big Ten universities out in the heartland, see a wide variety of colleges on this tour. These colleges are hard to get to on your own, so let us do the work and take you there.


    Popular colleges to include on this tour include Michigan State University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University
    Possible add-ons: Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington University in St. Louis


    Recommended tour length for this area is 3-5 days but all of our tours are completely customizable to the unique needs of your school. Some schools will want a longer or shorter tour with an optional sightseeing day depending on the distance they have traveled and the interests of their students. This tour can be combined with an extension to St. Louis to see Washington University, Madison to see University of Wisconsin, or even Bloomington to see Indiana University for a longer experience. For inspiration, here is a sample itinerary that we've done before.


    Day 1

    Fly into Detroit or arrive by charter bus

    Sightseeing in Ann Arbor

    Dinner at University of Michigan

    Evening Activity

    Hotel in Ann Arbor


    Day 2
    College Visit #1: University of Michigan

    Lunch at University of Notre Dame

    College Visit #2: University of Notre Dame

    Hotel in West Lafayette


    Day 3

    Breakfast at Purdue University

    College Visit #3: Purdue University

    Lunch at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

    College Visit #4: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

    Travel to Chicago

    Dinner at popular local restaurant

    Sightseeing in Chicago


    Day 4

    Breakfast in hotel

    College Visit #5: Northwestern University

    Lunch at Northwestern University

    College Visit #6: University of Chicago

    Depart for home


    Starting at $899 per student for above itinerary, plus round-trip airfare arranged by College Exploration Tours or charter bus arrival to Detroit or Chicago area. Price includes all accommodations, meals, activities, transportation during the tour, gratuities and CXT tour leader.