36 days in Wisconsin & Minnesota Itinerary

36 days in Wisconsin & Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Milwaukee
— 5 nights
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Madison
— 5 nights
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Green Bay
— 5 nights
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Grand Portage
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Winona
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis
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Milwaukee

— 5 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milwaukee: Big Cow, Antoinette (in Plymouth), Whistling Straits Golf Course - Straits and Irish (in Kohler) and Horicon Marsh (in Mayville). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, stroll through Geneva Lake Shore Path, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and admire the striking features of SC Johnson Headquarters.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee tour planner.

Phoenix to Milwaukee is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Milwaukee is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Milwaukee reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Madison

— 5 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madison: Portage WWII History Museum (in Portage), Baraboo (International Crane Foundation, Baraboo Candy Company, &more) and Wisconsin Dells (Original Wisconsin Ducks, Zipline, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , identify plant and animal life at University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, get to know the resident critters at Henry Vilas Zoo, and get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madison trip app.

Getting from Milwaukee to Madison by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Green Bay.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Green Bay

— 5 nights

Home of the Packers

Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Green Bay: Sturgeon Bay (The Farm & Cave Point County Park), Peninsula State Park (in Fish Creek) and Sister Bay (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Holy Transfiguration Chapel and Woods). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, learn about all things military at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at NEW Zoo & Adventure Park, and stop by Scray Cheese.

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You can drive from Madison to Green Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Green Bay, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Portage.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Grand Portage

— 2 nights
Grand Portage is an unorganized territory in Cook County, Minnesota, on Lake Superior, at the northeast corner of the state near the border with northwestern Ontario. On the 11th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Grand Portage State Park, admire the sheer force of High Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pigeon River. On the next day, examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, then head outdoors with Points Unknown, and then admire the sheer force of Devil's Kettle.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Portage online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Green Bay to Grand Portage in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Green Bay in June, things will get slightly colder in Grand Portage: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Portage

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Duluth

— 6 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder), Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more) and Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head, get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, and snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Duluth trip planner.

Drive from Grand Portage to Duluth in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Winona

— 5 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winona: La Crosse (Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Grandad Bluff, &more), Alma (Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center, Lock and Dam 4, &more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, walk around Carson Park, see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank, and stop by Chippewa Candy Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Winona road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Winona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in June: high temperatures in Winona hover around 78°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 7 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Munsinger Gardens (in Saint Cloud) and Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (in Waite Park). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis planner.

Drive from Winona to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. June in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · 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.