15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Milwaukee
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Detroit
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Fort Wayne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Indianapolis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Dubuque
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, then examine the collection at Canal Park, and finally cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth day trip planning app .

Minneapolis to Duluth is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Duluth reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then find something for the whole family at Mt. Olympus Resort.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells day trip tool .

You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Wisconsin Dells to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Adventure Outdoors
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Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park ©
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

1
night
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Milwaukee County Zoo, steep yourself in history at Pabst Mansion, then see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Josaphat and then explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milwaukee itinerary planner .

Take a train from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then take a leisurely stroll along Boardman River Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Front Street, then visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City journey planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Milwaukee to Traverse City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Traverse City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

1
day
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Traverse City to Detroit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Detroit sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dearborn
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Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

1
night
Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, see the interesting displays at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, then get curious at Science Central, then browse the collection at Allen County Public Library, and finally look for gifts at DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Wayne trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Detroit to Fort Wayne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Fort Wayne are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
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Allen County Public Library ©
Allen County Public Library
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo ©
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

1
day
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indianapolis Zoo, explore the galleries of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, make a trip to Central Canal, then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally look for gifts at Rocket Fizz.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield attractions planner .

You can drive from Indianapolis to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Chicago day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and finally stroll around Eagle Point Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Dubuque in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dubuque when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Galena
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Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

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