18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bismarck
Drive:  7​h
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Branson
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Aberdeen
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
9
Bismarck
— Few hours
End: Bismarck

2
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Summit Avenue and Weisman Art Museum. Basilica of St. Mary and Lakewood Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, don't miss a visit to Wells Fargo Museum, pause for some photo ops at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip itinerary planning app .

Bismarck to Minneapolis is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bismarck in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Minneapolis. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Saint Paul
Highlights from your plan
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
The Museum of Russian Art ©
The Museum of Russian Art

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Estabrook Beer Garden, Lakefront Brewery and Miller Brewery Tour. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Mitchell Gallery of Flight, then join in the after-dark buzz at Estabrook Beer Garden, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Lakeshore State Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery, examine the collection at Grohmann Museum, admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Miller Brewery Tour, and finally examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Milwaukee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Milwaukee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Milwaukee are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ten Chimneys, Old World Wisconsin
Highlights from your plan
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Old World Wisconsin ©
Old World Wisconsin
Lakefront Brewery ©
Lakefront Brewery

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Lakefront Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate Volo Auto Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Cantigny Park (in Wheaton), Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette) and Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Artistry, admire the striking features of Holy Name Cathedral, and walk around Maggie Daley Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planner .

Getting from Milwaukee to Chicago by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Baha'i House of Worship, Cantigny Park, Riverwalk Lot, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Volo Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
Volo Auto Museum ©
Volo Auto Museum
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anheuser-Busch Brewery as well as The Gateway Arch. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch and then sample the tasty concoctions at Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Transportation, don't miss a visit to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and finally examine the collection at City Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis holiday builder .

Getting from Chicago to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Sachs Butterfly House ©
Sachs Butterfly House
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The National Museum of Transportation ©

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Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Don't Stop Believin, Journey Tribute, Showboat Branson Belle, Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel and Veterans Memorial Museum. Let the collections at Museum of Native American History and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Branson capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Buffalo National River (in Harrison), Eureka Springs (Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Thorncrown Chapel, & more) and Blanchard Springs Caverns (in Fifty Six). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Stone Hill Winery, find something for the whole family at The Branson Coaster, get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook, and kick back and relax at Moonshine Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Branson trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Branson, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Nightlife Nature

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Buffalo National River, Museum of Native American History
Highlights from your plan
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Blanchard Springs Caverns ©
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Buffalo National River ©
Buffalo National River

1
night
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.
You've now added Boulevard Brewing Company to your itinerary. On the 1st (Thu), browse the exhibits of Jesse James Bank Museum, have fun and explore at Kaleidoscope, steep yourself in history at Union Station, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Boulevard Brewing Company, then take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kansas City online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Branson to Kansas City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. August in Kansas City sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Jesse James Bank Museum
Highlights from your plan
Union Station ©
Union Station
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum
Kaleidoscope ©
Kaleidoscope

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Falls Park. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, stroll around Falls Park, then identify plant and animal life at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arrowhead Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Sioux Falls takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. In August, Sioux Falls is little chillier than Kansas City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Strawbale Winery ©
Strawbale Winery
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum ©
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

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day
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. On the 3rd (Sat), walk around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, then let little ones run wild at Storybook Land, and then take an in-depth tour of Dacotah Prairie Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aberdeen trip website .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Aberdeen in 3.5 hours. August in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Land ©
Storybook Land
Dacotah Prairie Museum ©
Dacotah Prairie Museum
Richmond Lake Recreation Area ©
Richmond Lake Recreation Area

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hours
Bismarck

Bismarck
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bismarck route tool .

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Bismarck takes 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bismarck can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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