15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Fly
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Empire
— 1 day
+2
Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fish Creek
— 1 night
Drive
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly
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Branson
— 2 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Empire

Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Empire online vacation planner.

New York City to Empire is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Empire reach 71°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature
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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 27th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then delve into the distant past with Colonial Michilimackinac, and finally explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City road trip planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City by ferry takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Miners Falls ©
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Miners Falls
4.8
Wagner Falls ©
Must see
Wagner Falls
4.8

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Fish Creek

Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cana Island Lighthouse, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sea views from Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Peninsula State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fish Creek online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Munising to Fish Creek in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Munising to Fish Creek is minus 1 hour. In September in Fish Creek, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll around Milton Lee Olive Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, explore the activities along Lake Michigan, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then make a trip to Millennium Park, and finally make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, then explore the galleries of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip website.

Traveling by car from Fish Creek to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fish Creek in September, with highs in Chicago at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Side Trips

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Lakefront Trail ©
Must see
Lakefront Trail
4.8
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio ©
Architectural Building
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
4.7
Lake Michigan ©
Water Body
Lake Michigan
4.8

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Branson

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock, walk around Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and finally get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Tiger Sanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Branson road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Branson, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters, then trek along Presidential Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Wind Cave National Park, then explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, and finally stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Custer takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Branson to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Branson in October, with highs in Custer at 57°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 7th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Adams House, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Adams House ©
Must see
Adams House
4.6
Spearfish Falls ©
Waterfall
Spearfish Falls
4.9

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Badlands National Park

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then trek along Notch Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online trip maker.

Drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Deadwood in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Must see
Badlands Wall
4.9

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