14 days in Midwest Itinerary

14 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest route planner

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Des Moines
— 1 day
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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Fargo
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Wichita
— 2 nights
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Branson
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Des Moines

— 1 day
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building and then admire all the interesting features of High Trestle Trail.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines vacation planner.

Washington to Des Moines is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Des Moines, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Des Moines hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Family Shrine, then learn about winemaking at Cellar 426 Winery, and finally do a tasting at Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Omaha vacation planning app.

You can drive from Des Moines to Omaha in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fargo.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Fargo

— 2 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum, and then deepen your understanding at North Dakota State University. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Lindenwood Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Junkyard Brewing Company, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drekker Brewing Company.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fargo trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to Fargo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Omaha in April; daily highs in Fargo reach 51°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Fargo

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA and then tee off at Hart Ranch Golf Course.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Fargo to Rapid City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Wichita.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wichita

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sedgwick County Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Botanica: The Wichita Gardens, and then make a trip to The Keeper of the Plains. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Wichita Art Museum, then enjoy some diversion at High Park, then bet on your favorite at Xtreme Racing & Entertainment, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Central Standard Brewing.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wichita trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Rapid City to Wichita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Wichita. Traveling from Rapid City in April, expect Wichita to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Branson

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Branson trip maker website.

You can drive from Wichita to Branson in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

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, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip app.

Getting from Branson to Chicago by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Branson in April: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 59°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.