16 days in Midwest Itinerary

16 days in Midwest Itinerary

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16 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Branson
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Subway + Bus + Train:  8​h
4
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Popular historic sites such as Samuel Cupples House and Scott Field Heritage Air Park are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Central West End and Washington University in St. Louis. There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Edgar M. Queeny County Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Campbell House Museum, and visit Lafayette Square.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis sightseeing planner.

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Saint Louis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Outdoors Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edgar M. Queeny County Park, Scott Field Heritage Air Park
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Edgar M. Queeny County Park ©
Edgar M. Queeny County Park
Scott Field Heritage Air Park ©
Scott Field Heritage Air Park
Samuel Cupples House ©
Samuel Cupples House

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Talking Rocks Cavern and The Branson Sawmill. Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Branson: Springfield (Valley Watermill Park & Springfield Conservation Nature Center). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Arcade City, have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook, and trek along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Branson trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Springfield, Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum
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2
nights
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 22nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Adams House, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, then take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, then head outdoors with Main Street Square, and then stop by Christmas Village Store.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Rapid City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Branson to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Branson in June; daily highs in Rapid City reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Adams House, Prairie Berry Winery
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
Cosmos Mystery Area ©
Cosmos Mystery Area

3
nights
Wisconsin Dells

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Riverwalk. Kids will appreciate attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of H.H. Bennett Studio, shop like a local with Swiss Maid Fudge, visit Capones Old Time Pic. Studio, and get your game on at Dells Zombie Outbreak.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Rapid City to Wisconsin Dells in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Holland.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Fawn Creek Winery ©
Fawn Creek Winery
Big Chief Go Karts ©
Big Chief Go Karts

2
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), pick up some local products at Holland Farmers Market, then contemplate the long history of USS LST 393, then contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, and finally stop by Blueberry Haven. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then do a tasting at Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room, then make a splash at Holland Community Aquatic Center, and finally walk around Centennial Park.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Holland online journey planner .

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Holland in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Holland

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Muskegon, Blueberry Haven, Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room
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USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393
Hackley and Hume Historic Site ©
Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Holland Community Aquatic Center ©
Holland Community Aquatic Center

1
night
Traverse City

Traverse City
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 29th (Mon), explore the activities along Long Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, and then stroll through Clinch Park.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Holland to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Holland in June, Traverse City is little chillier at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Nature Beaches

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