12 days in Mechanicsburg & Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Mechanicsburg & Midwest Itinerary

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Mechanicsburg
— 3 nights
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Sandusky
— 1 night
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Mechanicsburg

— 3 nights
Mechanicsburg is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States, 8mi west of Harrisburg. Family-friendly places like Hersheypark and Little Round Top will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mechanicsburg: Gettysburg (State of Pennsylvania Monument, Devils Den, &more) and Knoebels Amusement Resort (in Elysburg).

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mechanicsburg road trip planning tool.

Washington DC to Mechanicsburg is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Mechanicsburg, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sandusky.

Things to do in Mechanicsburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Sandusky

— 1 night
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 29th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve and then get in on the family fun at Cedar Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sandusky day trip planning app.

You can drive from Mechanicsburg to Sandusky in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July in Sandusky, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Branson

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Silver Dollar City and The Axe Game will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Code, get great views at College of the Ozarks, take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Branson online attractions planner.

Getting from Sandusky to Branson by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Sandusky to Branson, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks · Wildlife

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planning site.

Getting from Branson to Chicago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums