12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Elkhart
Drive:  3​h
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Elkhart

3
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: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Chicago driving holiday planning website .

Elkhart to Chicago is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Elkhart to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Chicago are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Navy Pier ©
Navy Pier
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, and then stroll around Forest Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at City Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Saint Louis day trip planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing, then have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing, and finally explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Bury the Hatchet and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kansas City day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Overland Park, Blade & Timber Axe Throwing
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing ©
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, get your game on at The Escape Game, have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America, then get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally find something for the whole family at Cafesjian's Carousel. On the next day, have fun at Target Field and then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Minneapolis trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Kansas City to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City in December, things will get slightly colder in Minneapolis: highs are around 28°F and lows about 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Bloomington, Cafesjian's Carousel
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Target Field ©
Target Field

2
nights
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, get to know the resident critters at Milwaukee County Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat and then admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Milwaukee road trip planner .

You can fly from Minneapolis to Milwaukee in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Milwaukee is a bit warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 35°F and lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee County Zoo ©
Milwaukee County Zoo
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat

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