16 days in Missouri Itinerary

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Saint Joseph
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Independence
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Columbia
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Hannibal
— 3 nights
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Saint Louis
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Eminence
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Springfield
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Branson
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Diamond
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Saint Joseph — 2 nights

On the 19th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Pony Express Museum, get engrossed in the history at Jesse James Home Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Missouri Theatre. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Walter Cronkite Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Patee House Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Pony Express Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph day trip planning tool.

Kansas City to Saint Joseph is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kansas City in July since evenings lows in Saint Joseph dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Independence.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Independence — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get advice or help at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Independence itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Independence in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Joseph in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Independence, with lows around 72°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Columbia.
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Columbia — 1 night

On the 22nd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of America's National Churchill Museum and then make a trip to Lewis and Clark Monument Trailhead Plaza.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Columbia online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Independence to Columbia takes 2 hours. Traveling from Independence in July, Columbia is a bit cooler at night with lows of 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Hannibal.
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Hannibal — 3 nights

Hannibal is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, pause for some photo ops at Tom Sawyer' Statue, visit a coastal fixture at Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of Mark Twain Boyhood Home.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hannibal travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Columbia to Hannibal in 2 hours. In July in Hannibal, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Your day by day itinerary now includes Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site as well as Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center and then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch and then examine the collection at City Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hannibal to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Eminence.
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Eminence — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Eminence trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Eminence in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Springfield.
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Springfield — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield and then meet the residents at Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip planning site.

You can drive from Eminence to Springfield in 2.5 hours. In July in Springfield, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for Branson.
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Branson — 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Your day by day itinerary now includes Showboat Branson Belle as well as Sight & Sound Theatres. Change things up with a short trip to Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, make a trip to Dancing Water Fountain, identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary, and immerse yourself in nature at Table Rock State Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Branson travel route planner.

Drive from Springfield to Branson in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Diamond.
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Diamond — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes George Washington Carver National Monument. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at George Washington Carver National Monument and then pause for some photo ops at Giant hands on prayer.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Diamond trip planner.

You can drive from Branson to Diamond in 2 hours. In August in Diamond, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Missouri travel guide

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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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