18 days in Michigan, Missouri & Florida Itinerary

18 days in Michigan, Missouri & Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Michigan, Missouri & Florida Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h
2
Ann Arbor
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Branson
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
5
Orlando
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Miami
— 3 nights
foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 13th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City road trip app .

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Traverse City reach 74°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Traverse City

#Parks, #Trails, #Nature

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours

2
nights
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sat), make a trip to University of Michigan, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Detroit, and then get outside with Crisler Center. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mill Race Historical Village, explore the landscape on two wheels at Island Lake State Recreation Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hudson Mills Metropark.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ann Arbor online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Traverse City to Ann Arbor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Ann Arbor can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Mill Race Historical Village, Island Lake State Recreation Area
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Decode Detroit ©
Decode Detroit
Island Lake State Recreation Area ©
Island Lake State Recreation Area
Hudson Mills Metropark ©
Hudson Mills Metropark

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 17th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at City Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Louis Zoo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ann Arbor to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ann Arbor in September, expect Saint Louis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a splash at Silver Dollar City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at College of the Ozarks, then explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, then stop by Crooked Sky Trading Post, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Escape Code.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Branson route maker website .

Getting from Saint Louis to Branson by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Branson

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Table Rock Lake ©
Table Rock Lake
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City

4
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 24th (Mon) at Magic Kingdom Park. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Happily Ever After Fireworks, and stop by World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Orlando day trip site .

Getting from Branson to Orlando by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Branson to Orlando. Traveling from Branson in September, expect Orlando to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Venture out of the city with trips to Everglades National Park (Shark Valley, Slough Slog, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, take in nature's colorful creations at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and browse the different shops at Village of Merrick Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Miami trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Orlando to Miami in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Miami, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Coral Gables
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

2
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House, and finally take in the waterfront at Mallory Square. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Duval Street and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Key West day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Miami to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Key West, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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