22 days in Midwest Itinerary

22 days in Midwest Itinerary

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22 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cincinnati
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: Jakarta

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, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and learn more about the world around you at Field Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Chicago is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Jakarta to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get colder in Chicago: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

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

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, contemplate the long history of Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, see the interesting displays at City Museum, and then get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Saint Louis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: highs in Saint Louis hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 27th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks and then cool off at Silver Dollar City. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, then get your game on at Escape Code, and finally take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Branson tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Saint Louis to Branson by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Branson sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kansas City side-trips: Evel Knievel Museum (in Topeka) and Holladay Distillery (in Weston). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansas City Missouri Temple, and get your game on at Blade & Timber.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kansas City trip planning tool .

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Evel Knievel Museum, Kansas City Missouri Temple, Bingham Waggoner Estate, Holladay Distillery, Blade & Timber
Highlights from your plan
Bingham Waggoner Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Estate
Room Escape Games
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial

2
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): browse the exhibits of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy some diversion at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bartholomew County Veteran's Memorial and then admire the natural beauty at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Indianapolis trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Indianapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to Indianapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bartholomew County Veteran's Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Room Escape Games
Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium

2
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, take a peaceful walk through Cincinnati Nature Center, and then get your game on at Miami Valley Gaming. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at JACK Cincinnati Casino, test your problem-solving skills at Houdini's Room Escape, then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and finally see the interesting displays at Lucky Cat Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cincinnati day trip site .

Drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Fun & Games Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Miami Valley Gaming, Cincinnati Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
JACK Cincinnati Casino ©
JACK Cincinnati Casino

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): walk around Rocky River Reservation, perfect your strike at Bay Lanes Bowling, and then walk around Cleveland Metroparks.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cincinnati to Cleveland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cincinnati in January, you will find days in Cleveland are a bit cooler (1°C), and nights are about the same (-6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Fun & Games Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bay Lanes Bowling
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling

2
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, then test your team's savvy at Decode Ann Arbor, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the galleries of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Detroit day trip app .

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Dearborn, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Decode Ann Arbor, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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