8 days in Madison, Chicago & Elkhart Itinerary

8 days in Madison, Chicago & Elkhart Itinerary

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8 days in Madison, Chicago & Elkhart Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  5​h
1
Madison
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Elkhart
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wisconsin Dells (Mr Marvel's Wondertorium & Zipline), Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green) and Baraboo (Baraboo Candy Company & Devil's Lake State Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and ponder the world of politics at Wisconsin State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Madison trip builder website .

Washington DC to Madison is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Madison due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Madison reach 70°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Madison

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
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Mr Marvel's Wondertorium ©
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium
Zipline

4
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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago itinerary planner.

You can drive from Madison to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Elkhart.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Elkhart

Elkhart ©
Elkhart is a city in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Havilah Beardsley House, trek along Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhart Environmental Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Elkhart road trip site .

Getting from Chicago to Elkhart by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago to Elkhart, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Elkhart sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Elkhart

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail ©
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
Elkhart Environmental Center ©
Elkhart Environmental Center
Havilah Beardsley House ©
Havilah Beardsley House

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