9 days in Midwest & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Midwest & Colorado Itinerary

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Wisconsin Dells
— Few hours
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
3
Custer
— 2 nights
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights

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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 4th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Laser Warfare and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells route planner.

Cedar Rapids to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. July in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. There's still lots to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Black Hills National Forest, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, and then trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Custer day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Custer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Custer is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Custer, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in July, you will find days in Colorado Springs are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop

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nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

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