15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Dodge City
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Branson
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Dodge City

2
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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.
On the 10th (Sun), have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Estate, then admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and finally get your game on at Blade & Timber.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City trip itinerary planner .

Dodge City to Kansas City is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Dodge City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kansas City, with lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Independence, Blade & Timber Axe Throwing, Holladay Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery
Room Escape Games
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City in November, expect nights in Chicago to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are little chillier, around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, walk around Rocky River Reservation, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Bay Lanes Bowling.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cleveland trip planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cleveland due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Cleveland are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Bay Lanes Bowling
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
When in Saint Louis, make a side trip to see Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, examine the collection at City Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis vacation planner .

Fly from Cleveland to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Saint Louis. In November, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinckney Bend Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, take in nature's colorful creations at College of the Ozarks, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Branson tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint Louis to Branson by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Branson sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

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