8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Louisville
+3
Fly + subway + foot + train:  8​h
1
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
+4
train + bus + subway + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  11​h 30​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 day
+4
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
4
Santa Claus
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Louisville

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Wizard Quest. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells trip maker website .

Louisville to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Wisconsin Dells due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Louisville in June: high temperatures in Wisconsin Dells hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Wizard Quest ©
Wizard Quest

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Reptile Gardens (in Rapid City) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Wisconsin Dells to Custer takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Custer due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in June since evenings lows in Custer dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Reptile Gardens, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

1
day
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, bus, and ferry from Custer to Mackinac Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Custer to Mackinac Island. While traveling from Custer, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
day
Santa Claus

Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): cool off at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Claus tour planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and taxi from Mackinac Island to Santa Claus in 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in June: high temperatures in Santa Claus hover around 83°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Claus

#Theme Parks
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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ©
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

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