12 days in Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly
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Green Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Madison
— 1 night
Drive
5
Cedar Rapids
Drive
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Des Moines
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis

— 3 nights

The City of Lakes

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 Fort Snelling National Cemetery are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Russian Art and Red Wing Shoes. When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Northfield Historical Society in Northfield, approximately Northfield away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lakewood Cemetery, admire the striking features of Foshay Tower, kick back and relax at The Salt Cave, and explore the world behind art at Weisman Art Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis online trip itinerary builder.

Lawrence to Minneapolis is an approximately 7-hour car ride. Traveling from Lawrence in September, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Green Bay.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Green Bay

— 2 nights

Home of the Packers

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 Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Green Bay: Oshkosh Public Museum (in Oshkosh), Henning's Wisconsin Cheese (in Kiel) and Rahr-West Museum and Mansion (in Manitowoc). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Automobile Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stillmank Brewing Company, walk around Titletown, 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

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, get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, look for gifts at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joan of Arc Chapel, and finally examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ten Chimneys and then examine the collection at Grohmann Museum.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Milwaukee route builder.

Traveling by car from Green Bay to Milwaukee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 · Shopping

Side Trip

Madison

— 1 night

The City of Four Lakes

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 Norwegian Heritage Center and then take in a show at 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

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

Des Moines

— 3 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. 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, then ponder the world of politics at Terrace Hill, then examine 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