12 days in Midwest & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in Midwest & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Fly
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Bend
— 1 night
Fly
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to St Louis Lambert International Airport, Drive to Jefferson City
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Jefferson City
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Chicago — 2 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Marquette Building. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, stop by Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

Before you visit Chicago, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Denver to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Chicago is 1 hour. When traveling from Denver in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to South Bend.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Side Trip

South Bend — 1 night

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. On the 3rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our South Bend travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to South Bend takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to South Bend due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in South Bend can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.
Historic Sites

Washington DC — 4 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and President Lincoln's Cottage. Get some historical perspective at Arlington National Cemetery and National Mall. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Washington DC online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from South Bend to Washington DC takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Bend in April: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 68°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Jefferson City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

Jefferson City — 1 night

Jefferson City is the capital of the State of Missouri and the fifteenth most populous city in the state. On the 8th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Missouri State Penitentiary and then admire the striking features of America's National Churchill Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jefferson City online tour itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Washington DC to Jefferson City with the Route module. Traveling from Washington DC to Jefferson City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Jefferson City are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Louis.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Saint Louis — 3 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site will appeal to history buffs. City Museum and Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Jefferson City to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips