10 days in Midwest Itinerary

10 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night

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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and make a trip to Buckingham Fountain.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip tool.

Dubuque to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June in Chicago, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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Branson

Branson ©

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Family-friendly places like Silver Dollar City and Zipline USA will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and get some thrills on the water with Branson Jet Boats.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Branson travel planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Branson are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline USA ©
Zipline USA
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Runaway Mountain Coaster ©
Runaway Mountain Coaster

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with The Stables at Palmer Gulch, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and then cruise along Needles Highway.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Custer sightseeing planning website.

Fly from Branson to Custer in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Branson to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Branson in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 28th (Mon), cruise along Loop Road and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

Discover how to plan a Badlands National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Badlands National Park is a bit warmer than Custer - with highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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