16 days in Michigan, Wisconsin & Missouri Itinerary

16 days in Michigan, Wisconsin & Missouri Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Train to S6 & Clybourn, Fly to Kansas City
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Traverse City — 1 night

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Light of Day Organics, and then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip planner.

Newark to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Newark in July, things will get little chillier in Traverse City: highs are around 80°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
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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 4th (Mon): take a tour by water with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Munising.
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Munising — 1 night

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 6th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munising vacation maker.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.
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Ontonagon — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wisconsin Dells.
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Wisconsin Dells — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green) and EAA Aviation Museum (in Oshkosh). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Al. Ringling Mansion, and make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells online trip builder.

Drive from Ontonagon to Wisconsin Dells in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ontonagon to Wisconsin Dells is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Kansas City.
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Kansas City — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and then indulge your senses at Barley Bus Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kansas City trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Wisconsin Dells to Kansas City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July; daily highs in Kansas City reach 89°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Branson.
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Branson — 3 nights

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Silver Dollar City, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the natural beauty at College of the Ozarks.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Branson trip builder app.

Drive from Kansas City to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 2 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 16th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse, take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and then examine the collection at City Museum. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then get engrossed in the history at Campbell House Museum, and then meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis attractions planner.

Drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.
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Wisconsin travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.
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Missouri travel guide

4.5
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.
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