15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Fly
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Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sandusky
— 1 night
Drive
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Rockbridge
— 1 night
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Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, experience rural life at Grant’s Farm, walk around Forest Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis day trip website.

Boston to Saint Louis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston to Saint Louis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Thu) at Silver Dollar City. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, awaken your taste buds at VIP Tours of Branson, get great views at College of the Ozarks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Branson online trip itinerary maker.

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 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Keystone.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Keystone

— 3 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Custer (Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, Sylvan Lake, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get great views at Mount Coolidge, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Keystone travel route planner.

You can fly from Branson to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Keystone is a bit cooler than Branson - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chicago holiday builder app.

You can fly from Keystone to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Chicago. Traveling from Keystone in July, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sandusky.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Sandusky

— 1 night
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden, then make a splash at Cedar Point, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Osborn Recreation Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sandusky road trip tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Sandusky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Sandusky is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Sandusky can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Sandusky

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rock Bridge, and then identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rockbridge travel planner.

Drive from Sandusky to Rockbridge in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July in Rockbridge, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure