17 days in Midwest Itinerary

17 days in Midwest Itinerary

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17 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Philip
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Ely
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
7
Two Harbors
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Dick's Oldtime 5 & 10 and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Talking Rocks Cavern, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson driving holiday planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Branson is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Branson is slightly colder than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

National Tiger Sanctuary, Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Black Hills National Forest and Presidential Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iron Mountain Road and Sylvan Lake. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Branson to Custer takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Branson to Custer due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Branson in August, things will get a bit cooler in Custer: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Philip.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

3
nights
Philip

Philip ©
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Badlands Wall. Take a break from the city and head to Badlands National Park and Notch Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Badlands National Park (Loop Road, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, & more).

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Philip online day trip planner .

You can drive from Custer to Philip in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Custer in August, expect Philip to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Philip

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Biddle House, trot along with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Philip to Mackinac Island with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Philip to Mackinac Island. Traveling from Philip in September, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Miners Falls and Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Munising Falls and Spray Falls. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, and putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

1
day
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, then see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and then examine the collection at North American Bear Center.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Munising to Ely takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Munising to Ely, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munising in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ely, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

2
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the galleries of Split Rock Lighthouse, hike along Hellacious Overlook, and then kick back and relax at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Two Harbors travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Two Harbors takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Two Harbors are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

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