12 days in Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Midwest Itinerary

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12 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Lawrence
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
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 30​min
6
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
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 Northfield Historical Society and Basilica of St. Mary are in your itinerary. The Museum of Russian Art and Weisman Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Red Wing Shoes in Red Wing (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Wells Fargo Museum, kick back and relax at The Salt Cave, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and examine the collection at The Bakken Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip itinerary site .

Lawrence to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Lawrence in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Minneapolis: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Green Bay.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Candyland, Red Wing Shoes, Northfield Historical Society
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Hearthstone Historic House Museum and Walk of Legends. Do some cultural sightseeing at Door County Historical Museum and Oshkosh Public Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass (in Neenah), Rahr-West Museum and Mansion (in Manitowoc) and Henning's Wisconsin Cheese (in Kiel). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Automobile Gallery, do a tasting at Captain's Walk Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Stillmank Brewing Company, and steep yourself in history at Heritage Hill State Historical Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Green Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Minneapolis to Green Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, Green Bay is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Green Bay

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Door County Historical Museum, Henning's Wisconsin Cheese, Oshkosh Public Museum, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, then admire the striking features of St. Joan of Arc Chapel, and finally see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ten Chimneys and then see the interesting displays at Grohmann Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Milwaukee tour planner.

Drive from Green Bay to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Milwaukee are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Livsreise and then admire the striking features of Overture Center for the Arts.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Madison trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Milwaukee to Madison by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Madison sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Madison

Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Livsreise
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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. On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cedar Rapids trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Madison to Cedar Rapids with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Des Moines.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Museums
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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 4th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Iowa Gold Star Military Museum and then take in the views from Hogback Covered Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, then contemplate the long history of Terrace Hill, then see the interesting displays at Iowa Hall of Pride, and finally see the interesting displays at Trainland U.S.A..

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Des Moines travel website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines. In July, daytime highs in Des Moines are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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, Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit
Highlights from your plan
Iowa Hall of Pride ©
Iowa Hall of Pride
Summerset Winery ©
Summerset Winery
Hogback Covered Bridge ©
Hogback Covered Bridge

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