60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Springfield
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Chicago
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Galena
— 5 nights
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Madison
— 7 nights
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Milwaukee
— 6 nights
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Green Bay
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Ely
— 6 nights
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Minneapolis
— 7 nights
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Council Bluffs
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Springfield — 6 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peoria (Caterpillar Visitors Center & Grand View Drive) and Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton). There's much more to do: get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery, stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Springfield online trip maker.

Bowling Green to Springfield is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. In December, Springfield is little chillier than Bowling Green - with highs of 41°F and lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Chicago — 8 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Springfield to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Springfield in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 32°F by day to 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Galena.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours
Side Trip

Galena — 5 nights

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Venture out of the city with trips to Sundown Mountain (in Dubuque), Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, get all the information you need at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Galena vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Galena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Galena at 27°F and lows at 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Madison.
Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Madison — 7 nights

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madison: Al. Ringling Mansion (in Baraboo), Folklore Village (in Dodgeville) and Snowflake Ski Club (in Westby). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Rotary Botanical Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum, get outside with Hop Head Tours, and make a trip to Memorial Union Terrace.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madison trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Galena to Madison takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Milwaukee.
Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Milwaukee — 6 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Take a break from Milwaukee with a short trip to SC Johnson Headquarters in Racine, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Pabst Mansion.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Milwaukee driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Madison to Milwaukee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Milwaukee, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Green Bay.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Green Bay — 5 nights

Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Explore Green Bay's surroundings by going to Cave Point County Park (in Sturgeon Bay), Nueske's (in Wittenberg) and Peninsula State Park (in Fish Creek). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Bay Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, and admire the masterpieces at Paine Art Center and Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Green Bay trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Green Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee in January, things will get little chillier in Green Bay: highs are around 25°F and lows about 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Duluth.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Duluth — 6 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Take a break from Duluth with a short trip to Mont du Lac Resort in Superior, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lake Superior Art Glass, don't miss a visit to Canal Park, stroll around Chester Park, and gain insight at Hartley Nature Center.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Duluth holiday planner.

You can fly from Green Bay to Duluth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°F in February, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ely.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Ely — 6 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Virginia (Olcott Park & Iron Range Veterans Memorial), Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors) and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella). There's lots more to do: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake Trail, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, and get a dose of the wild on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, Ely is slightly colder than Duluth - with highs of 18°F and lows of -4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Minneapolis.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips

Minneapolis — 7 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, examine the collection at Mill City Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Norseman Distillery, and take an in-depth tour of James J. Hill House.

Plan my day in Minneapolis using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Ely to Minneapolis by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ely in February; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 27°F and lows reach 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Council Bluffs.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Council Bluffs — 3 nights

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Step out of Council Bluffs to go to Elk Horn and see Museum of Danish America, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanesville Tabernacle, stroll through Hitchcock Nature Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Historic General Dodge House.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs trip planner.

Getting from Minneapolis to Council Bluffs by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, things will get a bit warmer in Council Bluffs: highs are around 38°F and lows about 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."