12 days in Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Midwest Itinerary

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12 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Two Harbors
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Wichita

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum and then make a trip to Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip itinerary builder site .

Wichita to Springfield is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Wichita in July, you will find days in Springfield are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lincolns New Salem State Park, Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincolns New Salem State Park ©
Lincolns New Salem State Park
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohio Street Beach, and then take a stroll through The Loop.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chicago road trip planner .

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 30th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Trinity Church, then visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Chicago to Mackinac Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Mackinac Island at 73°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

1
night
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 1st (Thu): kick back and relax at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, and then immerse yourself in nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Stoney Point, get engrossed in the history at The Lake County Historical Society Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Castle Danger Brewery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Two Harbors trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Two Harbors takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get in touch with nature at Iron Mountain Road and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Needles Eye Tunnel and Mount Moriah Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Scott Jacobs Studio (in Deadwood) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, and admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls.

Before you visit Custer, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Two Harbors to Custer by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Custer when traveling from Two Harbors in August, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood, Elk Mountain Nature Trail, Spearfish Falls, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Bridal Veil Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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 6th (Tue): cruise along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at 87°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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