10 days in Midwest Itinerary

10 days in Midwest Itinerary

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10 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago visit planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. June in Chicago sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
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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

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nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, stroll through Missouri Botanical Garden, examine the collection at City Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saint Louis route planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in June, you will find days in Saint Louis are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Silver Dollar City and then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, then test your team's savvy at Escape Code, and finally take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Branson online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Branson, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Custer.

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

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nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Needles Highway, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Custer travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Branson to Custer in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Branson to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Branson in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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