12 days in Midwest Itinerary

12 days in Midwest Itinerary

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12 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h
1
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, enjoy some diversion at Lucas Oil Stadium, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Indianapolis trip simple and quick.

Washington DC to Indianapolis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Indianapolis reach 41°F and lows reach 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Fun & Games Museums Childrens Museums
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Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, engage your brain at Field Museum, and make a trip to Millennium Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chicago online attractions planner .

You can drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get great views at College of the Ozarks and then make a splash at Silver Dollar City. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Titanic Museum, get your game on at Escape Code, then get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Branson trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in Branson are somewhat warmer (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks
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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

2
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Estate, sample the fine beverages at Holladay Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Richard Allen Cultural Center, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Kansas City road trip tool .

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Holladay Distillery, Richard Allen Cultural Center, Bingham Waggoner Estate, Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial

1
night
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then hit the slopes at Central Park Ice Skating Trail, then get your game on at Game Show Battle Rooms, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Minneapolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kansas City in December: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 28°F and lows are around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Game Show Battle Rooms, Central Park Ice Skating Trail
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Game Show Battle Rooms ©
Game Show Battle Rooms
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

1
night
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then perfect your strike at Bay Lanes Bowling.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Minneapolis to Cleveland by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in December, with highs in Cleveland at 42°F and lows at 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bay Lanes Bowling
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling

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