15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Omaha
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
3
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 1st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City visit site .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City. April in Rapid City sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
day
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 3rd (Wed), try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs and then meet the residents at Henry Doorly Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Omaha online vacation planner .

Fly from Rapid City to Omaha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Omaha is a bit warmer than Rapid City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Omaha

Casinos Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Council Bluffs
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Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Get in touch with nature at Sachs Butterfly House and Saint Louis Zoo. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, identify plant and animal life at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, sample the fine beverages at Mastermind Vodka, and enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Omaha to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Omaha in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saint Louis, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sachs Butterfly House, Mastermind Vodka
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Mastermind Vodka ©
Mastermind Vodka
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch

2
nights
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 7th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Rock Recreation Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Shawnee National Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Heron Pond-Little Black Slough Nature Preserve and then appreciate the views at Little Grand Canyon.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Harrisburg online holiday planner .

You can drive from Saint Louis to Harrisburg in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rim Rock Recreation Trail, Heron Pond-Little Black Slough Nature Preserve, Little Grand Canyon, Shawnee National Forest
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Rim Rock Recreation Trail ©
Rim Rock Recreation Trail
Shawnee National Forest ©
Shawnee National Forest

2
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 9th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Marcum campground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Memorial Garden, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and then get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield vacation planning site .

You can drive from Harrisburg to Springfield in 3.5 hours. In April in Springfield, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

South Marcum campground
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Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Millennium Park and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Lincoln Park Zoo and Swallow Cliff Stairs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Springfield to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Springfield in April: highs in Chicago hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Horseshoe Hammond, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Swallow Cliff Stairs
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Horseshoe Hammond ©
Horseshoe Hammond
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

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