12 days in Missouri & Astoria Itinerary

12 days in Missouri & Astoria Itinerary

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12 days in Missouri & Astoria Itinerary

Start: Columbia
1
Columbia
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  10​h 15​min
3
Astoria
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  10​h 45​min
4
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Columbia

1
day
Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): wander the wide-open spaces of Warm Springs Ranch, admire the natural beauty at Shelter Gardens, and then immerse yourself in nature at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

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

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Columbia. July in Columbia sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Warm Springs Ranch
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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park ©
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Warm Springs Ranch ©
Warm Springs Ranch
Shelter Gardens ©
Shelter Gardens

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Louis: Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven) and Thierbach Orchards & Berry Farm (in Marthasville). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch, look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, see the interesting displays at City Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Columbia to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinckney Bend Distillery, Thierbach Orchards & Berry Farm, Sachs Butterfly House
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The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©

3
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Astoria: Cannon Beach (Haystack Rock, Ecola State Park, & more). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park, pause for some photo ops at Chief Comcomly Memorial, examine the collection at Seaside Inverted Experience, and identify plant and animal life at Astoria Column.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Astoria day trip planning site .

Getting from Saint Louis to Astoria by combination of flight and bus takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you will find days in Astoria are colder (69°F), and nights are slightly colder (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Holladay Distillery, then get your bearings at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and finally ponder the design of J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Astoria to Kansas City takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Astoria in July, things will get a bit warmer in Kansas City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Fun & Games

Side Trips

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Holladay Distillery
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Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
Room Escape Games

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.
On the 11th (Thu), make a splash at Silver Dollar City. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Dancing Water Fountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Escape Code.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Branson vacation planner.

Drive from Kansas City to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Branson sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
Table Rock Lake ©
Table Rock Lake

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