15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Branson
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
— 1 day
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 5th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then go for a stroll along the water at Lilleys' Landing Marina, and then get in on the family fun at Arcade City. On your second day here, take in the waterfront activity at State Park Marina and then stroll through Moonshine Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Branson travel route builder.

Louisville to Branson is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Branson are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Custer

— 1 day
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, make a trip to Brule, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail.

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Getting from Branson to Custer by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Branson in July, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, then stroll around Canal Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Enger Park, then grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Duluth trip planner.

Fly from Badlands National Park to Duluth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park and then get to know the resident critters at Wisconsin Deer Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore hidden gems such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock and admire the sheer force of Miners Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising road trip website.

Drive from Wisconsin Dells to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Munising, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July, you will find days in Munising are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then get interesting insight from Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planning app.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, stroll around Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip builder site.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Chicago by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect Chicago to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums