11 days in Wisconsin & Illinois Itinerary

11 days in Wisconsin & Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Fish Creek
— 1 night
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
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Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Step out of the city life by going to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Bugline Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Oak Leaf Trail and Allen-Bradley Company Clock. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Raised Grain Brewing Company, immerse yourself in nature at Virmond Park, and relax and rejuvenate at A Better Me.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Milwaukee trip itinerary tool.

Saint Louis to Milwaukee is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Saint Louis in November, you will find days in Milwaukee are slightly colder (48°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fish Creek

— 1 night
Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Cana Island Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Ephraim Wetlands Preserve, then admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Door Artisan Cheese.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fish Creek online trip builder.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Fish Creek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milwaukee in November, with highs in Fish Creek at 42°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riverwalk and International Crane Foundation. Escape the urban bustle at Cave of the Mounds and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Change things up with a short trip to Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Original Wisconsin Ducks, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fish Creek to Wisconsin Dells takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and flight. November in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Galena

— 2 nights
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, then stroll through Sundown Mountain, then walk around Grant Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around West Street Sculpture Park, get a taste of the local shopping with River Bend Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, then look for gifts at Galena River Wine & Cheese, and finally admire the striking features of Market House State Historic.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galena trip planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Galena in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Galena are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. On the 24th (Tue), appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, admire the majestic nature at Hennepin Canal State Park, and then make a trip to Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Mix's Trading Post.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Utica day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Galena to Utica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Utica, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Utica

Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.