United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Rough (very) initial USA itinerary
  2. 2 How many days for Martha's Vineyard? And Cape Cod in general
  3. 3 Yellowstone and Tetons in July 2016
  4. 4 3 week road trip South Carolina and Georgia
  5. 5 San Francisco through Colorado Rockies
  6. 6 Attending a wedding on Nantucket !
  7. 7 Recommendation: Beachfront in VA or MD walking distance to quaint downtown
  8. 8 Trip Report Helpp JKF to lyndhurst NJ
  9. 9 Want to relocate out of Houston and maybe Texas. To NC or TN
  10. 10 Trip Report while helping you get the wonderful grin
  11. 11 Relocation Decision- Charlotte NC, Charleston, SC or Houston Texas
  12. 12 Trip Report Trip Report 2012 : 11 wonderful days in Alaska
  13. 13 Trip Report Visiting Oregon - Portland to Crater Lake
  14. 14 Thinking of moving FROM Pittsburgh TO Seattle
  15. 15 Aussie family heading to the US for the first time
  16. 16 Lake Tahoe hotel with a lake view
  17. 17 Los Angeles Indefinitely
  18. 18 September trip Portland/Seattle
  19. 19 Road trip: Boston to Salt Lake City
  20. 20 Help Planning Zion/Bryce Itinerary
  21. 21 Boston waterfront Italian
  22. 22 Last minute Maine/New Hampshire trip
  23. 23 where to stop on the way from Montreal to Acadia
  24. 24 Kids Vacation Place
  25. 25 Trip Report Another Key West Trip Report, July 3 - 9, 2016
View next 25 » Back to the top

Road trip: Where Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin meet

Jump to last reply

We are headed out for a road trip next weekend to the "Driftless" region where Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin meet. We have very limited time (most likely leaving from Chicago Thursday night just to get some ground covered, returning Sunday evening) and a limited budget, so would like to see the highlights of this area but are prepared to do a lot of it by way of scenic driving with short stops at different locations.

I am thinking we cross into Iowa at Dubuque, head north along the Mississippi, check out a couple parks and small towns in the southeasternmost corner of MN, then drive back through WI--possibly crossing the river at La Crosse and heading back to Chicago through Madison or points south.

A bit about us: We are in our early 30s, in decent shape but one of us is recovering from a knee injury so extensive hiking or biking are out. We do love to hike and a bit of uphill is okay, but would do best on mostly even ground this time around! Canoeing one day might be nice, too. We'll probably just look for the cheapest lodging available, but will have camping gear with us so that is an option if the weather cooperates.

Can anyone give advice on the highlights? Best small towns, parks/trails, places for good overlooks of the river? From the reading I've done so far, I've come up with the following list of possible stops. Any help narrowing them down to a few top choices would be much appreciated...

IA: Dubuque, Grant Wood National Scenic Byway, Bellevue State Park, Pikes Peak State Park, Yellow River State Forest, Effigy Mounds, Guttenberg, McGregor (cross into Prairie du Chien), Spook Cave, Postville, Decorah, Upper Iowa River

MN: John A. Latsch State Park, Root River & Harmony-Preston Valley State Trails, Lanesboro, Forestville & Mystery Cave State Park, Winona & Great River Bluffs State Park (may not be able to make it this far north)

WI: Prairie du Chien, La Crosse, Nelson Dewey State Park, Stonefield Village State Historic Site, Spring Green, Mineral Point, Monroe

Thanks!!

5 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement