Itinerary #8: Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

During the planning phase of this trip, the theme sort of came to me just by looking at the activities and historic sites. Many things had to do with waves of different groups who came to settle in these states to begin a new life far from the foreign lands they’d come from. It’s what makes cities across this area so interesting and unique—places like Chicago, a wonderfully diverse city where you can explore Greek Town or Little Italy, just to name a few. Or Minnesota and Wisconsin, where you can find many communities of Scandinavian and German origin. There is so much to see and learn about how all these different groups helped shape our great nation. Through food (pretzels, sausage, pizza, mustard, the list goes on...), museums, and historic sites, we got to know and appreciate the contributions many of these groups have made, and you will too when you take a trip through these states.

States Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Theme The Immigrant Experience     Duration 13 Days | Map


Day 1

• Fly to Chicago

Day 2

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and WisconsinMillennium Park
Chicago Post Office Tour
Chicago Architecture Tour
Sear’s Tower Skydeck
Chicago History Museum
• Overnight in Chicago

Day 3

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin• Drive to Springfield, Ill
Lincoln’s Tomb
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site
Illinois State Capitol Building
• Knights Action Park

Day 4

Purina Farms Visitor Center (Gray Summit)• Drive to St. Louis, Missouri
Purina Farms (Gray Summit)
City Museum
• Overnight in St. Louis

Day 5

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and WisconsinBudweiser Factory Tour
Gateway Arch
Museum of Western Expansion
The Magic House
Ted Drewes
Busch Stadium, home of St. Louis Cardinals
International Bowling Museum (missed)
• Overnight in St. Louis

Day 6

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin• Drive to Jefferson City
Missouri State Capitol
• Drive to Kansas City
Oceans of Fun / Worlds of Fun
• Overnight in Kansas City

Day 7

Living History Farms (Urbandale)• Drive to Independence, MO
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
Living History Farms (Urbandale, IA)
Iowa State Capitol Building (Des Moines)
• Overnight in Des Moines

Day 8

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin• Drive to Minnesota
Mall of America (Bloomington)
• Drive to Minneapolis
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden-Walker Art Center
• Overnight in Minneapolis

Day 9

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and WisconsinMinnesota State Capitol Building (St. Paul)
• Drive to Wisconsin
Paul Bunyan Logging Camp (Eau Claire)
Norske Nook (Osseo)
Noah’s Ark Water Park (Wisconsin Dells)
Essen Haus (Madison)
• Overnight in Madison

Day 10

Lambeau Field (Green Bay)Wisconsin State Capitol Building (Madison)
National Mustard Museum (Middleton)
• Cheese tour to Green Bay
Schultz Cheese Haus (Beaver Dam)
Lambeau Field Hall of Fame
Dinner at Prime Quarter Grill
• Overnight in Green Bay

Day 11

Wisconsin Cheese Mart (Milwaukee)• Drive to Milwaukee
Wisconsin Cheese Mart
Usinger’s Sausage (Missed)
• Overnight in Milwaukee

Day 12

Harley Davidson Museum (Milwaukee)Harley Davidson Museum (Milwaukee)
Jelly Belly Factory Tour (Pleasant Prairie)
• Drive back to Chicago

Day 13

• Fly home

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