9 days in Wisconsin, Iowa & Minnesota Itinerary

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Fly to Milwaukee, Train to Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells
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— 1 night
— 2 nights
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Two Harbors
— 1 night


Wisconsin Dells — 1 night

Waterpark Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Witches Gulch, and then don't miss a visit to Carr Valley Cheese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Dallas to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dallas in June, things will get little chillier in Wisconsin Dells: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Decorah.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Decorah — 1 night

On the 11th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trout Run Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Decorah travel route planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Decorah in 2.5 hours. June in Decorah sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayfield.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Bayfield — 2 nights

On the 12th (Mon), explore the activities along Big Bay State Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves, and then admire the majestic nature at Copper Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Meyers Beach Sea Caves, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayfield visit planner.

You can drive from Decorah to Bayfield in 6 hours. Traveling from Decorah in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Bayfield. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Grand Marais — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls, then delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, and then immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

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Getting from Bayfield to Grand Marais by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from Bayfield, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Grand Marais, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ely.
Nature · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Ely — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): engage your brain at North American Bear Center, then browse the exhibits of International Wolf Center, and then trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ely planner.

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, you will find days in Ely are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Two Harbors.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Two Harbors — 1 night

On the 17th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Stoney Point.

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Traveling by car from Ely to Two Harbors takes 1.5 hours. June in Two Harbors sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Wisconsin travel guide

Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
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.

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."

Minnesota travel guide

Room Escape Games · Shopping Malls · Entertainment Centers
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.