10 days in Midwest Itinerary

10 days in Midwest Itinerary

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10 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, stroll around Millennium Park, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner .

Newark to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Oak Park
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 14th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Missouri Botanical Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, and then get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then walk around Forest Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint Louis vacation planner .

Fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Saint Louis are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the activities along Table Rock Lake and then get in on the family fun at Silver Dollar City. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Code, and finally get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Branson trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Keystone trip planner .

You can fly from Branson to Keystone in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Keystone is slightly colder than Branson - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Needles Highway
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Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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