16 days in Midwest Itinerary

16 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Munising
— 1 night
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Custer
— 3 nights

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Munising

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 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary app.

Minneapolis to Munising is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Munising is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Munising reach 74°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
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Waterfall
Miners Falls
4.8

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planning website.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your trip
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Military Museum
Fort Mackinac
4.6

3
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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Chicago takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mackinac Island to Chicago. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mackinac Island in September, with highs in Chicago at 78°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Lake Michigan
4.8
Must see
Millennium Park
4.8

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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll around Wisconsin Deer Park, then get a new perspective on things with Original Wisconsin Ducks, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in September since evenings lows in Wisconsin Dells dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip
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Zipline
Zipline
4.9
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Original Wisconsin Ducks
4.5

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Duluth

Duluth ©

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swiftwater Adventures and Lakewalk. Go for a jaunt from Duluth to Two Harbors to see Gooseberry Falls State Park about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Canal Park, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and make a trip to Enger Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Duluth planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in September: highs in Duluth hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Park
Canal Park
4.7
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River Rafting / Tubing
Swiftwater Adventures
4.9

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Badlands National Park

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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Duluth to Badlands National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Loop Road
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9
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Wildlife Area
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
4.4

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore hidden gems such as Sylvan Lake and Iron Mountain Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & Black Hills Helicopters). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Custer tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in September: highs in Custer hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8
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Scenic Drive
Iron Mountain Road
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Needles Eye Tunnel
4.9

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