12 days in Midwest & The Islands of Washington State Itinerary

12 days in Midwest & The Islands of Washington State Itinerary

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12 days in Midwest & The Islands of Washington State Itinerary

Start: Boston
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Fish Creek
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h
4
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
7
Two Harbors
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Boston

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 29th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island tour planner.

Boston to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, car, bus, and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Boston in June: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising road trip planning tool .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

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Fish Creek

Fish Creek ©
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Whitefish Dunes State Park, walk around Cave Point County Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fish Creek trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Munising to Fish Creek takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Munising to Fish Creek, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Fish Creek sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sturgeon Bay
Highlights from your plan
Whitefish Dunes State Park ©
Whitefish Dunes State Park
Peninsula State Park ©
Peninsula State Park

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
On the 4th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, then make a trip to English Camp, and then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fish Creek to Friday Harbor. The time zone difference when traveling from Fish Creek to Friday Harbor is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fish Creek in July since evenings lows in Friday Harbor dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally trek along Presidential Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Friday Harbor to Keystone takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Friday Harbor in July: highs in Keystone hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Needles Highway, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse and then explore the galleries of Split Rock Lighthouse.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Two Harbors road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Two Harbors in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Two Harbors due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Two Harbors to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Duluth
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

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