12 days in Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Start: Lawrence
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Green Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Madison
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Cedar Rapids
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
End: Lawrence

3
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of St. Mary and Northfield Historical Society are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Russian Art and The Bakken Museum. When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Red Wing Shoes in Red Wing, approximately Red Wing away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewood Cemetery, grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park, examine the collection at Wells Fargo Museum, and stroll through The Salt Cave.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis road trip app.

Lawrence to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lawrence in September: highs in Minneapolis hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Green Bay.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Northfield Historical Society, Red Wing Shoes, Candyland
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Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society
Red Wing Shoes ©
Red Wing Shoes
The Museum of Russian Art ©
The Museum of Russian Art

2
nights
Green Bay

Green Bay ©
Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Visit Hearthstone Historic House Museum and Heritage Hill State Historical Park for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Door County Historical Museum and The Automobile Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Green Bay: Oshkosh Public Museum (in Oshkosh), Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass (in Neenah) and Henning's Wisconsin Cheese (in Kiel). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Rahr-West Museum and Mansion, stroll around Titletown, sample the tasty concoctions at Stillmank Brewing Company, and get to know the fascinating history of Walk of Legends.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Green Bay holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Green Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Green Bay when traveling from Minneapolis in September, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Green Bay

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Oshkosh Public Museum, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Rahr-West Museum and Mansion, Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Henning's Wisconsin Cheese
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Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass ©
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Door County Historical Museum ©
Door County Historical Museum
Rahr-West Museum and Mansion ©
Rahr-West Museum and Mansion

2
nights
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, take an in-depth tour of Mitchell Gallery of Flight, explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, thenexamine the collection at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joan of Arc Chapel, and finally see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ten Chimneys and then see the interesting displays at Grohmann Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Green Bay to Milwaukee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Green Bay in September since evenings lows in Milwaukee dip to 58°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Madison.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ten Chimneys
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Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear ©
Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear
Ten Chimneys ©
Ten Chimneys
Grohmann Museum ©
Grohmann Museum

1
night
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 30th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Livsreise and then admire the striking features of Overture Center for the Arts.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Madison trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Madison in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madison, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Madison

Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Livsreise
Highlights from your plan
Overture Center for the Arts ©
Overture Center for the Arts

few
hours
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids road trip website.

Traveling by car from Madison to Cedar Rapids takes 3 hours. In October in Cedar Rapids, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 43°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library ©
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

3
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum and then snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, thenponder the world of politics at Terrace Hill, thenexamine the collection at Iowa Hall of Pride, and finally examine the collection at Trainland U.S.A..

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip planner.

Getting from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Winterset, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, Summerset Winery, Trainland U.S.A.
Highlights from your plan
Summerset Winery ©
Summerset Winery
Hogback Covered Bridge ©
Hogback Covered Bridge
Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame ©
Iowa Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame

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