14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 day
2
Dubuque
— 1 night
3
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
4
Milwaukee
— 1 night
5
Traverse City
— 2 nights
6
Duluth
— 2 nights
7
Minneapolis
— 1 night
8
Rapid City
— 3 nights

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines travel route planner.

Salt Lake City to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, expect nights in Des Moines to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
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Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

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night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, thenmake a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., thentake in the waterfront at Riverwalk, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

Start your trip to Dubuque by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Dubuque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in August, expect Dubuque to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

3
nights
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
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.
Attractions like Noah's Ark Water Park and Original Wisconsin Ducks make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Wisconsin Dells to Spring Green to see Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Wisconsin Deer Park, make a splash at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, and tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Wisconsin Dells in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park ©
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

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night
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Milwaukee County Zoo, and then examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Milwaukee using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Milwaukee are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Milwaukee County Zoo ©
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
On the 13th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, thentrek along Empire Bluff Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Milwaukee to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, stroll around Canal Park, thensnap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with Swiftwater Adventures, contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Duluth day trip app.

Fly from Traverse City to Duluth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around °F, while days are slightly colder, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Swiftwater Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Lakewalk ©
Lakewalk
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe and then browse the different shops at Mall of America.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis online holiday planner.

Getting from Duluth to Minneapolis by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in August: highs in Minneapolis hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bloomington
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more) and Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Rapid City holiday planning website.

Fly from Minneapolis to Rapid City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City. August in Rapid City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

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