3 days in Waukegan, South Dakota & Iowa Itinerary

3 days in Waukegan, South Dakota & Iowa Itinerary

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Waukegan
— 1 day
Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Waukegan

Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. On the 5th (Sat), cool off at Six Flags Great America.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Waukegan trip itinerary planning site.

Chicago to Waukegan is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Chicago in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Waukegan, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Waukegan

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 6th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Waukegan to Rapid City. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Rapid City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Dubuque

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 7th (Mon), explore the galleries of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Dubuque online route planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Dubuque in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City to Dubuque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."