17 days in Midwest Itinerary

17 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel planner

Make it your trip
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Custer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Branson
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Drive to Sault Ste Marie, Fly to London

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Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore hidden gems such as Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Needles Eye Tunnel. Get in touch with nature at Black Hills National Forest and Presidential Trail. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Wind Cave National Park to see Wind Cave National Park about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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London, UK to Custer is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Custer. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from London in May since evenings lows in Custer dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Take a break from the city and head to Loop Road and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Explore hidden gems such as Badlands Wall and Notch Trail. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook and explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Branson.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Branson

— 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Table Rock Lake and Veterans Memorial Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Go for a jaunt from Branson to Lampe to see Dogwood Canyon Nature Park about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Marvel Cave, get a dose of the wild on Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at The Butterfly Palace.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Branson day trip site.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Branson by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, Branson is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 6th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, then stroll around Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chicago online trip planner.

Fly from Branson to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Wisconsin Dells

— 1 night

Waterpark Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Original Wisconsin Ducks and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

Drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wisconsin Dells, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 9th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Munising road trip app.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Munising in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wisconsin Dells in June, with highs in Munising at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, then make a trip to Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally get a new perspective on things with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island journey maker app.

Do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature