16 days in Wisconsin, Minnesota & Iowa Itinerary

16 days in Wisconsin, Minnesota & Iowa Itinerary

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16 days in Wisconsin, Minnesota & Iowa Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Green Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Milwaukee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bloomington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
nights
Green Bay

Green Bay ©
Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
On the 7th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Bay Beach Amusement Park, get to know the resident critters at NEW Zoo & Adventure Park, and then walk around Fonferek Glen County Park. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Scray Cheese, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Green Bay Botanical Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Green Bay road trip planning site .

Pittsburgh to Green Bay is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Green Bay, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Green Bay, with lows of 58°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Scray Cheese
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NEW Zoo & Adventure Park ©
NEW Zoo & Adventure Park
Bay Beach Amusement Park ©
Bay Beach Amusement Park
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Milwaukee County Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum and then make a splash at Six Flags Great America.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Milwaukee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Green Bay to Milwaukee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Green Bay in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Milwaukee, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Theme Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Six Flags Great America
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Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Six Flags Great America ©
Six Flags Great America
Milwaukee County Zoo ©
Milwaukee County Zoo

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 Mr Marvel's Wondertorium make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Wisconsin Dells side-trips: Madison (Wisconsin State Capitol & Henry Vilas Zoo) and Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get your game on at Wizard Quest, stop by Baraboo Candy Company, and find something for the whole family at Mt. Olympus Resort.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells trip planning app .

You can take a train from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wisconsin Dells, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Madison, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , Baraboo Candy Company
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Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Mt. Olympus Resort ©
Mt. Olympus Resort
Zipline

2
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 14th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point, and then take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Congdon Park, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then walk around Canal Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Lakes Aquarium.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Duluth trip planner .

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Wisconsin Dells, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Bloomington.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Gooseberry Falls State Park
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Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Great Lakes Aquarium ©
Great Lakes Aquarium
Park Point ©
Park Point

2
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): meet the residents at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally browse the different shops at Rybicki Cheese. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, then get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bloomington trip planning tool .

Getting from Duluth to Bloomington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Bloomington to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Bloomington

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Saint Paul
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Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 18th (Tue), do a tasting at La Vida Loca Winery, then make a splash at Adventureland, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park and then get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Bloomington to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Vida Loca Winery, Adventureland
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Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and then go for a walk through Riverwalk.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubuque day trip website .

Drive from Des Moines to Dubuque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Des Moines in August, with highs in Dubuque at 79°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Galena, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
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Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

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