15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Fly
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Rockbridge
— 1 night
Drive
6
Sandusky
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Greenville/Spartanburg

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Saint Louis

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at City Museum and then make a trip to The Gateway Arch. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis online road trip planner.

Greenville to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Greenville to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · 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 19th (Mon) at Silver Dollar City. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at Titanic Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Saint Louis to Branson by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Branson, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Keystone

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, and finally admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Brule, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Branson to Keystone in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Branson in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature · Parks · 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, walk around Millennium Park, admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get in on the family fun at Navy Pier.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip website.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Keystone in July, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, then make a trip to Rockhouse, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockbridge trip planner.

Fly from Chicago to Rockbridge in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rockbridge, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sandusky.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sandusky

— 1 night
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 29th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Back to the Wild and then cool off at Cedar Point.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sandusky trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rockbridge to Sandusky in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Sandusky can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, and finally surround yourself with nature on Great Turtle Kayak Tours. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sandusky to Mackinac Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sandusky in July: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours