12 days in Missouri Itinerary

12 days in Missouri Itinerary

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12 days in Missouri Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Branson
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

3
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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Silver Dollar City, get your game on at The Axe Game, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and get great views at College of the Ozarks.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Branson trip itinerary website .

Salt Lake City to Branson is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Branson due to the time zone difference. October in Branson sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Louis: New Haven (Pinckney Bend Distillery & John Colter Memorial). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Branson to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Haven, Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

2
nights
Columbia

Columbia
Columbia is a city in the U.S. On the 8th (Tue), get a taste of life in the country at Warm Springs Ranch, stroll through Katy Trail State Park, then browse the collection at The National Churchill Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Shryocks Callaway Farms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, walk around Cosmo Park, then stroll around Lions-Stephens Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindstone Nature Area.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Columbia trip builder .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Columbia takes 2 hours. October in Columbia sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Boonville, The National Churchill Museum
Highlights from your plan
The National Churchill Museum
The National Churchill Museum
Warm Springs Ranch ©
Warm Springs Ranch
Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area ©
Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kansas City side-trips: Weston (Holladay Distillery & The Farmers House Market). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and admire the local landmark of J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kansas City road trip planning site .

You can drive from Columbia to Kansas City in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kansas City are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Weston, Independence
Highlights from your plan
Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery
Room Escape Games
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial

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