10 days in Midwest Itinerary

10 days in Midwest Itinerary

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10 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
3
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kansas City
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Custer online visit planner .

San Francisco to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Custer, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from San Francisco in August, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in August; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 87°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
night
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ontonagon online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Badlands National Park to Ontonagon. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Ontonagon, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ontonagon, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

1
night
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park, have some family-friendly fun at Dells Zombie Outbreak, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally see the interesting displays at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip builder site .

Getting from Ontonagon to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ontonagon in August, expect nights in Wisconsin Dells to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Devil's Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium ©
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium
Zipline
Devil's Lake State Park ©
Devil's Lake State Park

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally stroll around Milton Lee Olive Park. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll around Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, then get your game on at Blade & Timber, and then get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Kansas City.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Kansas City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Overland Park, Blade & Timber
Highlights from your plan
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

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