30 days in Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan Itinerary

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Duluth
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
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Madison
— 4 nights
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Milwaukee
— 4 nights
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Detroit
— 5 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights

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Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, stroll around Bayfront Festival Park, stop by Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, and stroll through Canal Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Duluth route builder app.

Brookings to Duluth is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In November in Duluth, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate ©
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive

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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.
Take a break from Wisconsin Dells with a short trip to Wollersheim Winery & Distillery in Prairie du Sac, about 34 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 7th (Sat) at Noah's Ark Water Park. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stop by Baraboo Candy Company.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In November in Wisconsin Dells, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Madison.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Baraboo, Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, Portage WWII History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Portage WWII History Museum ©
Portage WWII History Museum
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park ©
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
Original Wisconsin Ducks ©
Original Wisconsin Ducks

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Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madison: Spring Green (The House on the Rock & Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center ) and Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire the natural beauty at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and brush up on your military savvy at Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madison vacation planner.

Drive from Wisconsin Dells to Madison in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Madison can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Madison

Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Spring Green, Rotary Botanical Gardens, National Mustard Museum
Highlights from your plan
The House on the Rock ©
The House on the Rock
Rotary Botanical Gardens ©
Rotary Botanical Gardens

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milwaukee: SC Johnson Headquarters (in Racine) and Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures (in Lake Geneva). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Mitchell Gallery of Flight, sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery, and meet the residents at Milwaukee County Zoo.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Madison to Milwaukee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

SC Johnson Headquarters, Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures ©
Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to Frankenmuth (Michigan Heroes Museum, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, &more), Ann Arbor (University of Michigan Museum of Art & University of Michigan) and Decode Ypsilanti (in Ypsilanti). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, don't miss a visit to The Z Lot, and steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Detroit sightseeing website.

Fly from Milwaukee to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. November in Detroit sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Frankenmuth, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Holocaust Memorial Center, Decode Ypsilanti
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

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Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Escapology (in Portage), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Confections with Convictions (in Kalamazoo). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and gain insight at Michigan State University.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Rapids itinerary tool.

You can drive from Detroit to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Escapology, Oval Beach, Rockford Dam Overlook, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Escapology ©
Escapology
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

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Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Empire (Empire Bluff Trail & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get a taste of the local shopping with Front Street, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. November in Traverse City sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards

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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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at Mall of America, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis day trip app.

Fly from Traverse City to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Traverse City to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. November in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Candyland, Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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