15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  3 h 45 min
1
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Sandusky
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
4
Branson
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
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.
Attractions like Zipline and Devil's Lake State Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Elusive Escape Rooms, cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wisconsin Deer Park, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells sightseeing planning tool.

Minneapolis to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Devil's Lake State Park
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Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Elusive Escape Rooms ©
Elusive Escape Rooms

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: walk around Millennium Park, get interesting insight from Tours, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker site.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in June, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sandusky.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
Sandusky

Sandusky ©
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Osborn Recreation Area, make a splash at Cedar Point, and then try for a hole-in-one at Goofy Golf.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sandusky day trip planning website.

You can drive from Chicago to Sandusky in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osborn Recreation Area
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Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Goofy Golf ©
Goofy Golf

3
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Family-friendly places like Silver Dollar City and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Code, get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Branson day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sandusky to Branson takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. June in Branson sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Escape Code ©
Escape Code

2
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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, hike along Presidential Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sunday Gulch Trail, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone vacation planner.

You can fly from Branson to Keystone in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Branson in June, with highs in Keystone at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, cruise along Loop Road, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, thenexplore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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