7 days in Midwest Itinerary

7 days in Midwest Itinerary

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7 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Jackson Hole
Fly:  7​h
1
Two Harbors
— 1 day
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  10​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 day
+4
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  10​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Rochester

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Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse, trek along Superior Hiking Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Two Harbors trip planner .

Jackson Hole to Two Harbors is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Jackson Hole to Two Harbors, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Two Harbors when traveling from Jackson Hole in May, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

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Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 29th (Wed), expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mackinac Island using our trip planner.

Getting from Two Harbors to Mackinac Island by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Two Harbors to Mackinac Island is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip site .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Mackinac Island to Badlands National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Custer.

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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Black Hills, then view the masterpieces at Insideout, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, hike along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, then view the masterpieces at Art Expressions, and finally hike along Sunday Gulch Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer trip planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in May, with highs in Custer at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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South Dakota, Insideout
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Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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