20 days in Midwest & West Coast Itinerary

20 days in Midwest & West Coast Itinerary

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20 days in Midwest & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
Fly + subway + bus + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Munising
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Two Harbors
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  7​h
7
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then identify plant and animal life at International Crane Foundation, and then contemplate the long history of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary maker .

Brussels, Belgium to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Wisconsin Dells is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect nights in Wisconsin Dells to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Wildlife Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Sandhill Wildlife Refuge, International Crane Foundation, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
International Crane Foundation ©
International Crane Foundation

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munising attractions planning app .

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Munising in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Munising, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August, you will find days in Munising are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

1
night
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, and then immerse yourself in nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tettegouche Trail, then hike along Hellacious Overlook, and then kick back and relax at Onyx Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Two Harbors trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Two Harbors takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Two Harbors can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Silver Bay
Highlights from your plan
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Take a break from the city and head to Loop Road and Badlands Wall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wildlife Loop Road and Presidential Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Custer State Park & Black Hills National Forest) and Yellow Mounds Overlook (in Badlands National Park). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rapid City itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Two Harbors to Rapid City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Two Harbors in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Custer, Presidential Trail
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Falls. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip site .

Getting from Rapid City to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 8 hours. Traveling from Rapid City to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Rapid City in August, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Visiting Hug Point State Recreation Site and Short Sands Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Garibaldi Boat Basin (in Garibaldi), Bayocean Peninsula County Park (in Tillamook) and Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, identify plant and animal life at Kilchis Point Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cannon Beach route maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. August in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Bayocean Peninsula County Park, Garibaldi Boat Basin, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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