5 days in Midwest Itinerary

5 days in Midwest Itinerary

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5 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Custer
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll around Millennium Park and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and then explore the activities along Lake Michigan.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip maker site .

Minneapolis to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In November, Chicago is a bit warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, Badlands National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and then engage your brain at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, trek along Presidential Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Custer road trip planning app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Custer: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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