We are in the process of planning a Wisconsin/Minnesota Road Trip. We'd like to get a taste of your state and during my research I realized there's a lot of ground to cover; there are so many amazing areas. So, we’ve settled on the North and South western parts of the state. Here are my thoughts and I'd be forever grateful for your feedback so that we can make the best use of our travel time. Details – we’re late fifties, we'll be driving from Kansas City, and we love the outdoors, moderate hikes (knees), kayaking, canoeing, fishing, waterfalls and food. I’d like to travel the following itinerary, but I’m not sure if I have the best route, or the best approach from KC. Help!
Day 2 – Explore this area, stay in La Crosse
Day 3 - Follow Great River Road to Stillwater (2 ½ hours) – stay in Stillwater
Day 4 - Stillwater to Ely MN (4 hours) – OR - Stillwater to Grand Marias (4 ½ hours)
Day 5 - Ely MN to Grand Marias – (2 ¼ hours) – stay in Grand Marias
Day 6 - Grand Marias to Duluth – (2 hours)
Day 7 - Duluth to Bayfield – (1 ¾ hours)
Day 8 - Bayfield to Des Moines 7 ¼ hours
Day 9 - Des Moines to Home (3 hours)
I look forward to hearing your suggestions.