18 days in Midwest Itinerary

18 days in Midwest Itinerary

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18 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h
4
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cleveland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Tue) at Silver Dollar City. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Titanic Museum, have some family-friendly fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, and test your problem-solving skills at Escape Code.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Branson online trip itinerary builder .

Atlanta to Branson is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Branson due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Branson reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Evel Knievel Museum (in Topeka), Holladay Distillery (in Weston) and Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence (in Lawrence). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Estate, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kansas City trip planner .

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Independence, Evel Knievel Museum, Holladay Distillery, Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence
Highlights from your plan
Evel Knievel Museum ©
Evel Knievel Museum
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis online holiday builder .

Fly from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Wisconsin Dells.

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
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

2
nights
Wisconsin Dells

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get your game on at Elusive Escape Rooms, and finally examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Saint Louis to Wisconsin Dells takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In June, Wisconsin Dells is slightly colder than Saint Louis - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , Devil's Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Elusive Escape Rooms ©
Elusive Escape Rooms
Zipline

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in June since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

3
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cleveland: High Bridge Glens (in Cuyahoga Falls), Back to the Wild (in Castalia) and Cedar Point (in Sandusky). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Fellows Riverside Gardens, hunt for treasures at West Side Market, and enjoy some friendly competition at Bay Lanes Bowling.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip builder website .

Fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cleveland. In June, daytime highs in Cleveland are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cedar Point, Back to the Wild, Bay Lanes Bowling, High Bridge Glens, Fellows Riverside Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Fellows Riverside Gardens ©
Fellows Riverside Gardens

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