9 days in Wisconsin, Iowa & Minnesota Itinerary

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


Wisconsin Dells — 1 night

Waterpark Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Witches Gulch, and then make a trip to Carr Valley Cheese. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells attractions planning app.

Dallas to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in June: high temperatures in Wisconsin Dells hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Decorah.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Golf

Decorah — 1 night

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Decorah Fish Hatchery, then trek along Trout Run Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunnings Spring Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Decorah travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Decorah takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Decorah can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayfield.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Bayfield — 2 nights

Bayfield is a city in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Big Bay State Park, Head underground at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves, and then immerse yourself in nature at Copper Falls State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Meyers Beach Sea Caves, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Getting from Decorah to Bayfield by car takes about 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Decorah in June since evenings lows in Bayfield dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Marais.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Grand Marais — 2 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): immerse yourself in 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 your second day here, admire the sheer force of High Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, and then admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip planner.

Drive from Bayfield to Grand Marais in 4 hours. When traveling from Bayfield in June, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Marais, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ely.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trips

Ely — 1 night

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the galleries of North American Bear Center, then examine the collection at International Wolf Center, and then trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ely holiday planner.

Drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Marais, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ely, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Two Harbors.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Two Harbors — 1 night

Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. On the 17th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Two Harbors Lighthouse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Stoney Point.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Two Harbors trip website.

Drive from Ely to Two Harbors in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.