12 days in Maine & Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Maine & Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive to Rockland, Fly to Springfield
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Branson
— 2 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain. On your second day here, trek along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, then trek along Precipice Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Head Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Acadia National Park attractions planner.

Boston to Acadia National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in August: high temperatures in Acadia National Park hover around 75°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Branson.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Branson

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake and then make a splash at Silver Dollar City. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, then get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and finally take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Branson tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Acadia National Park to Branson takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Acadia National Park to Branson. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Acadia National Park in August; daily highs in Branson reach 85°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 18th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then hike along Presidential Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

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

Fly from Branson to Custer in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Branson to Custer. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Branson in August; daily highs in Custer reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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 20th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in August; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 87°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Millennium Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, have some family-friendly fun at Fox in a Box Chicago, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Chicago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Maine travel guide

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Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.