14 days in Midwest Itinerary

14 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Branson
— 3 nights
2
Custer
— 3 nights
3
Munising
— 1 night
4
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
5
Chicago
— 2 nights

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Get in touch with nature at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Branson: Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum (in Mansfield) and Springfield (Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World & Fantastic Caverns). The adventure continues: Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern, take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, and ponder the design of Dancing Water Fountain.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Branson trip planner.

Charlotte to Branson is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Branson, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Branson sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Springfield, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Table Rock Lake
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Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sylvan Lake and Presidential Trail. Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Wind Cave National Park (Rankin Ridge Nature Trail & Wind Cave National Park), Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone) and Deadwood (Adams House & Mount Moriah Cemetery). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Custer takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Branson to Custer. Traveling from Branson in June, things will get a bit cooler in Custer: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Munising online attractions planner.

You can fly from Custer to Munising in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Custer in June: highs in Munising hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Museum-lovers will appreciate Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Do some cultural sightseeing at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Get out of town with these interesting Mackinaw City side-trips: Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry) and Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, and take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock.

Before you visit Mackinaw City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Munising to Mackinaw City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Oswald's Bear Ranch, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
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Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then steep yourself in history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Mackinaw City to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, Chicago is somewhat warmer than Mackinaw City - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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