31 days in Midwest Itinerary

31 days in Midwest Itinerary

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31 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  25​h
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Ely
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  11​h
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Branson
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Presidential Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Needles Highway and Sylvan Lake. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer journey builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Custer is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Custer due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

3
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Explore hidden gems such as Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Notch Trail. Visiting Badlands National Park and Fossil Exhibit Trail will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and explore and take pictures at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at 36°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get in touch with nature at Cascade River State Park and North American Bear Center. Explore hidden gems such as International Wolf Center and Onyx Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, stroll through Trezona Trail, and stop by Piragis Northwoods Company.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ely trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Badlands National Park to Ely in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Ely due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in August, with highs in Ely at 26°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Cascade River State Park, Onyx Beach, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World and Arch Rock. Get in touch with nature at Mackinac Island State Park and Wawashkamo Golf Club. There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and ferry from Ely to Mackinac Island takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ely to Mackinac Island. Traveling from Ely in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mackinac Island, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Visiting Palms Book State Park and Miners Falls will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wagner Falls and Miners Castle Rock. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and take in the pleasant sights at Autrain Falls.

Before you visit Munising, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August in Munising, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palms Book State Park, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to International Crane Foundation and Zipline. Step out of the city life by going to Cave of the Mounds and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Step out of Wisconsin Dells to go to La Crosse and see Grandad Bluff, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Tue) at Noah's Ark Water Park. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park and look for all kinds of wild species at Witches Gulch.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells online trip maker .

You can drive from Munising to Wisconsin Dells in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Munising to Wisconsin Dells, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Baraboo, Grandad Bluff, Cave of the Mounds
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Lake State Park ©
Devil's Lake State Park
Zipline
Cave of the Mounds ©
Cave of the Mounds

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: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park Zoo, and get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

5
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Step out of the city life by going to Bridal Cave and Ha Ha Tonka State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Marvel Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Branson: Springfield (Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Sequiota Park, & more) and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (in Lampe). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, and buy something for everyone on your list at Branson Landing.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Branson day trip tool .

You can fly from Chicago to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Branson are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Springfield, Camdenton, National Tiger Sanctuary, Table Rock Lake, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Bridal Cave ©
Bridal Cave
Ha Ha Tonka State Park ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary

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