17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Madison
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: London

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Chicago. In September, Chicago is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery, explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, and finally examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Milwaukee travel route builder .

You can take a train from Chicago to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum

2
nights
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, then admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , and finally stop by Baraboo Candy Company. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Henry Vilas Zoo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison, and then admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madison journey planner.

Drive from Milwaukee to Madison in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madison, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Baraboo, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Olbrich Botanical Gardens ©
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Wisconsin State Capitol ©
Wisconsin State Capitol

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Extreme Sandbox in Hastings (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Madison to Minneapolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Cathedral of Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mall of America ©
Mall of America

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 13th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, then stroll around Heritage Carousel, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo, and finally walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market and then cool off at Adventureland.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Des Moines tour planner.

Fly from Minneapolis to Des Moines in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Des Moines are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market

2
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol, then get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield route planner .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Springfield takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

1
night
Chicago

Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
360 Chicago Observation Deck ©
360 Chicago Observation Deck

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