8 days in South Dakota, Minnesota & Door County Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota, Minnesota & Door County Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota, Minnesota & Door County Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Wall
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Two Harbors
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Fish Creek
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Notch Trail, then hike along Saddle Pass Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally admire all the interesting features of Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wall trip planner.

Washington DC to Wall is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Wall due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for little chillier nights in Wall, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Philip
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): trek along Superior Hiking Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Two Harbors holiday builder app .

Traveling by flight from Wall to Two Harbors takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Two Harbors is 1 hour. Traveling from Wall in September, expect nights in Two Harbors to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse

1
night
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 12th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais trip planner.

Traveling by car from Two Harbors to Grand Marais takes 2 hours. In September in Grand Marais, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cascade River State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Grand Marais Lighthouse ©
Grand Marais Lighthouse

2
nights
Fish Creek

Fish Creek ©
Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Wood Orchard, get some fabulous bargains at Door Artisan Cheese, then do a tasting at Island Orchard Cider, then kick back and relax at Schoolhouse Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Washington Island Stavkirke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Lautenbach's Orchard Country, view the masterpieces at Edgewood Orchard Galleries, then take in the exciting artwork at Off The Wheel Pottery, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fish Creek day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Fish Creek takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Grand Marais in September, expect nights in Fish Creek to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Egg Harbor, Washington Island, Island Orchard Cider
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Washington Island Stavkirke ©
Washington Island Stavkirke
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse ©
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
Edgewood Orchard Galleries ©
Edgewood Orchard Galleries

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