15 days in Midwest Itinerary

15 days in Midwest Itinerary

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15 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h
1
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Branson
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Empire
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  7​h
4
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Rockbridge
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Munising
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Visiting Saint Louis Zoo and Sachs Butterfly House will get you outdoors. Visit The Gateway Arch and Missouri Botanical Garden for their historical value. Step out of Saint Louis with an excursion to Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, examine the collection at City Museum, and stop by West County Center.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary builder website .

Washington DC to Saint Louis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Saint Louis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sachs Butterfly House, Rockwoods Reservation
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
City Museum ©
City Museum
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.
Take a break from the city and head to National Tiger Sanctuary and Table Rock Lake. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 4th (Tue) at Silver Dollar City. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Code, admire all the interesting features of College of the Ozarks, and stop by Crooked Sky Trading Post.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Branson trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Branson sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary

1
day
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, visit a coastal fixture at South Manitou Island Lighthouse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Empire trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Branson to Empire in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Branson to Empire. Traveling from Branson in June, expect Empire to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Glen Arbor
Highlights from your plan
South Manitou Island Lighthouse ©
South Manitou Island Lighthouse

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.
On the 8th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Black Hills National Forest, then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then Head underground at Wind Cave National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Custer travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Empire to Custer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. June in Custer sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): Head underground at Ash Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Newark Earthworks, then delve into the distant past at Great Circle Earthworks, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Blacklick Woods Metro Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rockbridge trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Custer to Rockbridge in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Custer to Rockbridge due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in June; daily highs in Rockbridge reach 82°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Heath, Ash Cave, Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©
Ash Cave ©
Ash Cave

1
day
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 12th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Munising trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Rockbridge to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rockbridge in June; daily highs in Munising reach 68°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Munising

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

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, stroll through Milton Lee Olive Park, and admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munising in June, with highs in Chicago at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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