Driving Trips Around the Midwest

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Summer is officially here! While international travel has to take a backseat at the moment, now is the time for a Great American Road Trip around our beloved Midwest. We've compiled 7 TripTik® routings you can share with friends and family to take in the sights around the Midwest, from East, North, West, South, we have you covered.

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Road Trips Up North

State Parks of the North Shore

Estimated Drive Time: 10 hrs, 45 mins

Even if you've been lucky enough to experience the rare beauty of our beloved North Shore, there is always plenty more to explore. This route includes 9 State Parks with tons to see and take in, from the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, waterfalls, vistas, historic landmarks and teeming with wildlife. This is one trip you can take over and over again.

North Shore, MN TripTik Route

Natural Wonder Lake of the Woods

Estimated Drive Time: 12 hrs, 28 mins

The Lake of the Woods is a destination in itself. The walleye capital of the world boasts excellent fishing, fossil hunting, and exploration of nature. But this drive also features some spectacular stops along the way that for many is their final destination, Lake Itasca and the impressive Big Bog State Park boardwalk make this an iconic drive that you won't soon forget.

Lake of the Woods, MN TripTik Route

Road Trips Out East

Northern Wisconsin & the Apostle Islands

Estimated Drive Time: 7 hrs, 52 mins

The idyllic resort town of Bayfield, Wisconsin is located on the northern tip of Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior and is considered the primary access point to the impressive Apostle Islands. While many Minnesotans are familiar with Duluth on the other side of the lakeshore, northern Wisconsin also offers beautiful vistas, camping, hiking and is a nice picturesque drive from the Twin Cities.

Northern Wisconsin TripTik Route

Door County: The Cape Cod of the Midwest

Estimated Drive Time: 14 hrs, 39 mins

Many people refer to Door County, Wisconsin as the Cape Cod of the Midwest with its coastal charm and quaint small-town feel along 300 impressive miles of waterfront. Located on a peninsula, it is home to 11 historic lighthouses, 5 state parks, vineyards and breweries, calm-watered beaches, and more. Make the most of your summer here! 

Door County, WI TripTik Route

Waterfalls of Mackinac & the Upper Penninsula

Estimated Drive Time: 20 hrs, 53 mins

When it comes to waterfalls, it doesn't get much better in the Midwest than the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Boasting over 300 waterfalls, this route includes some of the most popular, including Miners Falls, in some of the most picturesque settings, like the breathtaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Mackinac & Upper Penninsula, MI TripTik Route

Road Trips South

History of the Iowan Amana Colonies

Estimated Drive Time: 11 hrs, 47 mins

This one is for the history buffs, the Amana colonies are comprised of seven villages across east-central Iowa and this route highlights the best of, including classic quintessential covered bridges to Living Farms open-air museum and the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. It doesn't get much more Americana.

Amana Colonies TripTik Route

Museums & Monuments of Missouri

Estimated Drive Time: 19 hrs, 7 mins

This trip has a little something for everyone. With St. Louis as the final destination, this route has something special and memorable for every member of the family, including the St. Louis Zoo, the Arch, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, Budweiser, or Anheuser-Busch Brewery and even Mark Twain's boyhood home.

St. Louis, MO TripTik Route

Road Trips to the West

The Best Faces and Places of South Dakota 

Estimated Drive Time: 22 hrs, 5 mins

Our neighbor to the West has plenty to offer when it comes to a classic Great American Road Trip and this route features all the goods. From the Corn Palace to the Black Hills with some hidden gems along the way. This is the perfect summer to cross Mount Rushmore off your list!

Rapid City, SD TripTik Route

North Dakota: The Great American West

Estimated Drive Time: 28 hrs, 16 mins

It doesn't get much more quintessential American than this Great American West road trip through North Dakota. With 13 impressive stops from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Minot Air Force Base, the Garrison Dam, and the International Peace Garden, this epic trip is the Midwestern bucket trip of a lifetime with something for everyone in the family.

North Dakota TripTIk Route

History & Parks of Nebraska

Estimated Drive Time: 31 hrs, 30 mins

This trip is perfect for nature lovers who like to explore - and have a little dash of history mixed in. Marvel at the impressive toadstool shaped rock formations at Toadstool Geological Park, wave to a bison from your vehicle at Wildlife Safari Park, or lose yourself in a maze of 6,000 feet of honeycomb taverns at Happy Jack Peak & Chalk Mine.

Nebraska TripTik Route

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