13 days in Midwest Itinerary

13 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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 2nd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake and then cool off at Silver Dollar City. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at College of the Ozarks, have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at Escape Code.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Branson itinerary maker.

Los Angeles to Branson is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Branson. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Branson, with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): experience rural life at Grant’s Farm, have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis, and then don't miss a visit to The Gateway Arch. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo and then stroll around Forest Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Branson to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis ©
Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, and admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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You can fly from Saint Louis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint Louis in September: highs in Chicago hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Notch Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Badlands National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, and hike along Presidential Trail.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Keystone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Keystone, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Black Elk Peak
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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