13 days in Austin, Fort Collins & Wisconsin Itinerary

13 days in Austin, Fort Collins & Wisconsin Itinerary

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13 days in Austin, Fort Collins & Wisconsin Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Austin
— 5 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
2
Fort Collins
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
3
Madison
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Chicago

5
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Appreciate the collections at The Alamo and National Museum of the Pacific War. Escape the urban bustle at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats and The San Antonio River Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Garrison Brothers Distillery (in Hye), Fredericksburg (Grape Creek Vineyards & Grape Creek Vineyards on Main) and San Antonio (Natural Bridge Caverns & San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral). There's still lots to do: hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, have a few drinks at 6th Street, explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, and take a stroll through South Congress Avenue.

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Chicago to Austin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Austin reach 93°F and lows reach 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Garrison Brothers Distillery
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Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

3
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Cheyenne Big Boots, examine the collection at Cheyenne Depot Museum, then see the interesting displays at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Austin to Fort Collins takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Austin to Fort Collins, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for little chillier days in Fort Collins, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Madison.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Cheyenne, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

3
nights
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Get outdoors at Zipline and University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madison: Horicon Marsh (in Mayville) and Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, take a stroll through State Street & Downtown Madison, get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, and stop by Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Madison trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fort Collins to Madison in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fort Collins to Madison. September in Madison sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , Horicon Marsh
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Horicon Marsh ©
Horicon Marsh
Zipline

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