15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Two Harbors
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
8
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: London

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chicago journey planner .

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Chicago is minus 6 hours. In September, Chicago is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

2
nights
Branson

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 5th (Thu), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, and finally take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Talking Rocks Cavern, then identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary, and finally browse the different shops at Branson Landing.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson trip planner .

Getting from Chicago to Branson by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Branson are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then cruise along Loop Road. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, hike along Notch Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Branson to Badlands National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Branson to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Branson in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Badlands National Park, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, stroll through Superior Hiking Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, and finally make a trip to Split Rock Lighthouse.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Two Harbors trip planning website .

Getting from Custer to Two Harbors by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Two Harbors is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Two Harbors are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Silver Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Little Carp River Trail, then explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon travel planner .

You can drive from Two Harbors to Ontonagon in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Two Harbors to Ontonagon is 1 hour. In September in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lower Silver Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Little Carp River Trail ©
Little Carp River Trail

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Hiawatha National Forest and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Munising trip planner .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. September in Munising sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island journey planner.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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