17 days in Midwest & Memphis Itinerary

17 days in Midwest & Memphis Itinerary

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17 days in Midwest & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Green Bay
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Madison
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Memphis
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Empire
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Rockbridge
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
7
Custer
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Green Bay

1
night
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 15th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Henry Vilas Zoo and then admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park and then hike along Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Madison tour itinerary builder .

Green Bay to Madison is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Madison can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, Devil's Lake State Park, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area
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4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm and Lincoln Park Zoo will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, laugh and play at Navy Pier, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago planning website .

You can drive from Madison to Chicago in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Madison in October, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Horseshoe Hammond, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Visiting Memphis Zoo and Cherokee Valley Golf Club will get you outdoors. Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel will appeal to history buffs. When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Graceland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, look for gifts at Memphis Music, and try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Memphis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 77°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Memphis

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Cherokee Valley Golf Club, Horseshoe Casino
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Get in touch with nature at Rockwoods Reservation and Saint Louis Zoo. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Gateway Arch and Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Louis side-trips: Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven) and Stone Hill Winery (in Hermann). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Memphis to Saint Louis by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Memphis in October; daily highs in Saint Louis reach 72°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rockwoods Reservation, Sachs Butterfly House, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Stone Hill Winery
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Pinckney Bend Distillery ©
Pinckney Bend Distillery
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Sachs Butterfly House ©
Sachs Butterfly House

1
day
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, enjoy the sea views from South Manitou Island Lighthouse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Empire sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Saint Louis to Empire takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in October; daily highs in Empire reach 59°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Glen Arbor
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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
South Manitou Island Lighthouse ©
South Manitou Island Lighthouse

1
night
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. On the 28th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then make a trip to Rockhouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Great Circle Earthworks, then look for all kinds of wild species at Newark Earthworks, and then grab your bike and head to Blacklick Woods Metro Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rockbridge road trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Empire to Rockbridge in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Empire in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Rockbridge, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Heath, Blacklick Woods Metro Park, Rockhouse
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©
Blacklick Woods Metro Park ©
Blacklick Woods Metro Park

1
night
Custer

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 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Custer itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Rockbridge to Custer in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rockbridge to Custer is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rockbridge in October: high temperatures in Custer hover around 57°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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