9 days in Wisconsin Itinerary

9 days in Wisconsin Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Wisconsin tour planner
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Make it your trip
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Ashland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eau Claire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Madison
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Hibbing

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Ashland — 2 nights

Ashland is a city in Ashland and Bayfield counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves, and then immerse yourself in nature at Copper Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Hauser's Superior View Orchard, step off the mainland to explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Shore Brewery, then get the lay of the land with The Mural Walk in Ashland, and finally contemplate the long history of Soo Line 950.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ashland online visit planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Ashland. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Eau Claire.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Eau Claire — 2 nights

Eau Claire is a city in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties in the west-central part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Venture out of the city with trips to Winona (Minnesota Marine Art Museum & Winona National Bank) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, stroll around Phoenix Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Eau Claire day trip planning tool.

Getting from Ashland to Eau Claire by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Madison.
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Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Madison — 2 nights

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the galleries of The House on the Rock, admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , and then admire the natural beauty at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Vilas Zoo and then get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madison trip planner.

Getting from Eau Claire to Madison by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Milwaukee.
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Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Milwaukee — 2 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built Homes.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Milwaukee road trip planner.

You can drive from Madison to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Milwaukee can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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Wisconsin travel guide

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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.
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