14 days in Midwest Itinerary

14 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Wilkes-Barre

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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Fourth Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Prairie Wolf Slough. Change things up with a short trip to Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planning tool.

Wilkes-Barre to Chicago is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Wilkes-Barre to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Take a break from the city and head to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and World Bird Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Louis side-trips: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (in West Alton) and Bluff View Trail (in Wildwood). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, admire the majestic nature at Veterans Honor Park, see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and walk around Forest Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Saint Louis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Branson

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Table Rock Lake and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Eureka Springs (Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Thorncrown Chapel, &more). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at The Butterfly Palace, trek along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, and get great views at College of the Ozarks.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Branson planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, look for all kinds of wild species at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Blue Trace Trail, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kansas City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips