Chicago - Madison - Minneapolis - St. Cloud (439 miles)
In the morning, we will go to visit Wisconsin State Capitol. Then we will travel to Minnesota and see the Mill City Museum. Today's trip will take you to experience the culture and history as well as the beautiful rural scenery of the two Midwestern states in America.
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the US. It is the home of the main campus of the University of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State Capitol
Completed in 1917, the building is the tallest building in Madison and the fifth to serve as the Wisconsin capitol since the first territorial legislature convened in 1836 and the third building since Wisconsin was granted statehood in 1848.
The larger of the twin cities, Minneapolis developed in the Industrial Age of the 19th century because of the lumber and flour milling industries. It is the home of the late Prince, one of the greatest musicians of all time.
Mill City Museum
Opened in 2003 on the historic waterfront of the Mississippi River, this museum details the history of Minneapolis' milling industry, and the founding and growth of the city.
Admission (Optional): Adult $12; Child (5-17 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $10|Opening Hours: Tue - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm, Closed Monday, Sun 12:00pm - 5:00pm|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Standard Hotel: American Inn by Wyndham or equivalent
St. Cloud - Fargo - Jamestown - Bismarck - Dickinson (283 miles)
Today we will continue our journey to North Dakota with the spirit of the pioneers during the Westward Movement. First we will go to visit Bonanza Ville. Then we will move to Jamestown to view National Buffalo Museum. We will also visit North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. After that, we will return to Dickinson.
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 17% of the state population.
Bonanza Ville is a history museum complex in West Fargo of the Cass County Historical Society. Displays include a prairie church, a general store, a drug store, a fire station, Fargo's first house, and a schoolhouse. There are also several newer buildings which have been constructed on the grounds including an aircraft museum and an automobile museum.
Admission (Optional): Adult $12; Child (6-16 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $10|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County.
National Buffalo Museum
The National Buffalo Museum is housed in a rustic log building at the Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota.
Admission (Optional): Adult $8; Child (5-14 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $6|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County.
North Dakota Heritage Center
North Dakota Heritage Center is the North Dakota's official history museum. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits in four museum galleries trace North Dakota history from 600 million years ago through current developments.
Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Standard Hotel: Red Roof Inn & Suites Dickinson or similar
Dickinson - Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Billings (286 miles)
Today, we will first visit Paint Canyon and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In the evening, we will check into hotel in Billings, the largest city of Montana.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an American national park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
Painted Canyon s right off the north side of I - 94. Entering the Badlands from the east, you will chance to get a look at them from a scenic overlook.
Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Super 8 by Wyndham Billings or similar
Billings - Yellowstone - Billings (341 miles)
We will spend the whole day today visiting Yellowstone National Park! We are going to see a variety of breathtaking views, including Mammoth Hot Springs, Upper Yellowstone Falls, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Old Faithful Geyser, Mud Volcano Area and more. You will also have the opportunity to observe wild animals rambling in the park, including elks and buffalo. In the evening, we will return to our hotel in Billings.
The largest, oldest, and most famous national park displays a fascinating scenery of hot springs, geysers, canyons & waterfalls, and nature everywhere you look!
Mammoth Hot Springs
This large complex of hot springs is impressive both for its unique beauty as well as its scale. Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago by volcanic and seismic activity, these springs are one of Yellowstone's most popular spots.
Upper Yellowstone Falls
Located a quarter-mile upstream of the larger Lower Falls, the Upper Yellowstone River Falls plunge 109 feet down an eroded lava cliff into the basin below. The area below the falls has been subject to heavier erosion than above.
Grand Prismatic Hot Spring
The third largest hot spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring gets its color from bacteria around its rim that feed off of the mineral-rich water. In the summer months, the hot spring is a vivid red-orange shade.
Old Faithful Geyser
Old Faithful is a cone geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. It is one of the park's most well-known natural features, and is famous for its predictability. It generally erupts every 91 minutes.
Mud Volcano Area
The Mud Volcano blew itself apart in the early 20th century, but visitors can still see the impressive crater and other geothermal features in the surrounding area, such as the Mud Cauldron, Black Dragon's Caldron, and Dragon's Mouth Spring.
West Thumb Geyser Basin
The West Thumb Geyser Basin is the largest geyser basin at Yellowstone Lake, and an impressive area of geothermal activity that contains hot springs, mud pots, and geysers-- some of which are even in the lake itself.
Standard Hotel: Super 8 by Wyndham Billings or equivalent
Billings - Devils Tower - Mount Rushmore - Rapid City (351 miles)
Today we will visit the two-world famous national monuments in the United States, Devil's Tower National Monument in the northeast corner of Wyoming and Mt Rushmore National Monument at the northwest corner of South Dakota. We will also visit Presidential Wax Museum and Bear Country USA. In the evening, we will visit have dinner at Wall Drug Resturant (optional). We will stay overnight at a hotel in Rapid City.
Devils Tower, WY
The first declared United States National Monument. It'is an igneous intrusion or laccolith located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County. A monolithic rock formation that rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding land and was once the neck of an active volcano.
Devils Tower National Monument
This massive monolith in the Black Hills of Wyoming was the nation's first national monument, anointed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. In recent years, climbing the rock has become popular. The stone column is considered sacred by many Native Americans.
Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
This famous United States monument in the Black Hills of western South Dakota depicts the busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The 60-foot tall statues are carved right into the side of the mountains.
Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Keystone is a town in the Black Hills region of Pennington County, South Dakota, United States.
National Presidential Wax Museum
Here you can see over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 45 U.S. presidents, notable Sioux Chiefs, inventors and international political figures. The wax figures are the work of world-renowned wax sculptor Katherine Stubergh whose notable works include wax figures used in Gone With the Wind and the 1953 film House of Wax.
Admission (Optional): Adult $23; Child (3-12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $23
Rapid City, SD
The second most populous city in South Dakota. Known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and the "City of Presidents", it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city.
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA is a drive-through wildlife park located eight miles outside of Rapid City, SD. This 200-acre compound gets its name from its black bears, of which it has the largest collection in the world.
Admission (Optional): Adult $18; Child (5-12 yrs) $12; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $16
Standard Hotel: Baymont by Wyndham Rapid City or equivalent
Rapid - Badland National Park - Sioux Falls - Blue Earth (459 miles)
We will start today's tour in Badlands National Park. We will also visit Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Toward the evening, we will arrive in Blue Earth, Minnesota. We will stay overnight in this town.
Badlands National Park, SD
Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.
Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 143rd-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County and also extends into Lincoln County to the south.
Fall Park is a public park located in north center Sioux Falls. Through it runs the Big Sioux River, and it includes a café, observation tower, and the remains of an old mill.
Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
Standard Hotel: American Inn by Wyndham, Blue Earth or equivalent
Blue Earth - Austin - Chicago (379 miles)
On our last day, we will visit Spam museum! While visiting the museum, don't forget to visit local shops and grab a sandwich made from SPAM! We will also experience Original Wisconsin Ducks before back to Chicago.
Austin is a small city which has two artificial lakes, East Side Lake and Mill Pond. It is called "SPAM Town USA" and the Spam Museum also locates here.
The Spam Museum is an admission-free museum in Austin, Minnesota dedicated to Spam, a brand of canned precooked meat products made by Hormel Foods Corporation.
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin.The city takes its name from the Dells of the Wisconsin River, a scenic, glacially formed gorge that features striking sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Together with the nearby village of Lake Delton, the city forms an area known as "the Dells", a popular Midwestern tourist destination.
The tours visit wilderness trails, and enter nearby Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River. One company, Original Wisconsin Ducks, has more than 90 vehicles and is the largest operator of duck tours in the United States.
Admission (Optional): Adult $28.10; Child (3-12 yrs) $14; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28.10|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Itinerary schedule for Wed Departure
D1 Home - Chicago
D2 Chicago City Tour
D3 Chicago - Madison- Minneapolis - St Cloud
D4 St Cloud - Fargo - Jamestown - Bismarck - Dickinson
D5 Dickinson - Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Billings
D6 Yellow Stone National Park
D7 Billings - Devil's Tower - Keystone/Mt Rushmore - Rapid City
D8 Rapid City - Badlands National Park - Mitchel - Sioux Falls - Blue Earth
D9 Blue Earth - Austin/SPAM Museum - Chicago
Itinerary schedule for Thu Departure:
D1 Home - Chicago
D2 Chicago - Madison - Minneapolis - St Cloud
D3 St Cloud - Fargo - Jamestown - Bismarck - Dickinson
D4 Dickinson - Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Billings
D5 Yellow Stone National Park
D6 Billings - Devil's Tower - Keystone/Mt Rushmore - Rapid City
D7 Rapid City - Badlands National Park - Mitchel - Sioux Falls - Blue Earth
D8 Blue Earth - Austin/SPAM Museum - Chicago
D9 Chicago City Tour