11 days in Midwest Itinerary

11 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest planner

Make it your trip
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Branson
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Saint Louis

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Bring the kids along to The National Museum of Transportation and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Step off the beaten path and head to Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site and Myseum. Take a break from Saint Louis with a short trip to Eckert's Belleville Farm in Belleville, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip planner.

Cleveland to Saint Louis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Branson

— 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Runaway Mountain Coaster and Grand Country Indoor Mini Golf. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Silver Dollar City and Branson Dinosaur Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Branson: Springfield (Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park & Discovery Center of Springfield). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at The Branson Coaster, look for gifts at Crooked Sky Trading Post, enjoy breathtaking views from Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower, and try for a hole-in-one at Wildwood Mini Golf.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson day trip planner.

Drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 31°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Lincoln Park Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brookfield Zoo and Fox in a Box Chicago. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy some diversion at Maggie Daley Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Chicago Children's Museum, and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by car from Branson to Chicago takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Branson in December, with highs in Chicago at 38°F and lows at 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips