12 days in Missouri, North Dakota & Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Missouri, North Dakota & Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Saint Louis
— 1 day
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Branson
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 1 night
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Fargo
— 2 nights
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Juneau
— 3 nights
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Saint Louis

— 1 day

Gateway to the West

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint Louis trip planner.

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Branson

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get great views at College of the Ozarks, explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, then make a splash at Silver Dollar City, and finally hike along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Branson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Branson, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Kansas City

— 1 night

City of Fountains

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 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and then take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kansas City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Fargo.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fargo

— 2 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 20th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church and then take an in-depth tour of Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville and then play a few rounds at Edgewood Golf.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fargo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Fargo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kansas City in June, with highs in Fargo at 79°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fargo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and look for gifts at Cabin Fever.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage visit app.

Traveling by flight from Fargo to Anchorage takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Fargo to Anchorage, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fargo in June, expect Anchorage to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Juneau travel route site.

Getting from Anchorage to Juneau by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Alaska travel guide

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.