14 days in Northwest Michigan, Minnesota & Wisconsin Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Michigan, Minnesota & Wisconsin Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Austin Straubel International Airport, Drive to Ludington
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Ludington
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bloomington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madison
— 2 nights
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Wilkes-Barre

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Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ludington online sightseeing planner.

Wilkes-Barre to Ludington is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Wilkes-Barre, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ludington, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then take an unforgettable tour with TC Helicopter Tours, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bloomington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bloomington

— 2 nights
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then trek along Mill Ruins Park, and finally walk around Minnehaha Park. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with Kerfoot Canopy Tour and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bloomington attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Traverse City to Bloomington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City to Bloomington, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, walk around Canal Park, then take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, take an in-depth tour of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and then relax and float downstream with Swiftwater Adventures.

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Traveling by flight from Bloomington to Duluth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bloomington in August, expect Duluth to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Capones Old Time Pic. Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park.

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You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Duluth in August, you will find days in Wisconsin Dells are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Madison

— 2 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of The House on the Rock, then admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , and then make a trip to Memorial Union Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Vilas Zoo, then ponder the world of politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, then take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and finally stop by Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Madison trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Madison takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August in Madison, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Madison to Milwaukee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

Wisconsin travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.