10 days in Illinois & Wisconsin Itinerary

10 days in Illinois & Wisconsin Itinerary

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Utica
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Galena
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
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Fish Creek
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Milwaukee
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Utica

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stop by Mix's Trading Post.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Utica trip itinerary planning tool.

Saint Louis to Utica is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Saint Louis in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Utica, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Galena.
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Galena — 2 nights

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Clock Tower, then hit the slopes at Sundown Mountain, then appreciate the history behind Julien Dubuque Monument, and finally walk around West Street Sculpture Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with River Bend Gallery, stop by Galena Canning Company, then admire the striking features of Market House State Historic, and finally identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galena day trip planning tool.

Drive from Utica to Galena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Galena are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wisconsin Dells.
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Wisconsin Dells — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riverwalk and University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Capones Old Time Pic. Studio and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Wisconsin Dells to Middleton to see National Mustard Museum about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Carr Valley Cheese, do a tasting at Fawn Creek Winery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Port Huron Brewing Company.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells online holiday maker.

Getting from Galena to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fish Creek.
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Fish Creek — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): gear up at Nor Door Sport & Cyclery and then cast your line with Fish Tales Charters.

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You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Fish Creek in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. August in Fish Creek sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee — 3 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lapham Peak and Grohmann Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Oak Leaf Trail and Allen-Bradley Company Clock. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Raised Grain Brewing Company, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Milwaukee trip website.

Getting from Fish Creek to Milwaukee by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Fish Creek in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Milwaukee, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Illinois travel guide

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The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.
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Wisconsin travel guide

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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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