22 days in Midwest Itinerary

22 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Fly
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
6
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
8
Ludington
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Chicago
— 5 nights
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Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, walk around Forest Park, and see the interesting displays at City Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis vacation planning app.

Richmond to Saint Louis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip
The Gateway Arch ©
Observation Deck
The Gateway Arch
4.5

2
nights
Branson

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 3rd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Silver Dollar City. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and then get interesting insight from Zipline USA.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Branson online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Branson sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Silver Dollar City ©
Water Park
Silver Dollar City
4.3
Zipline USA ©
Zipline
Zipline USA
4.9

3
nights
Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Change things up with a short trip to Black Hills Helicopters in Keystone (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, enjoy unforgettable views with Black Hills Balloons, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Branson to Custer in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Branson in August, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Black Hills Balloons ©
Balloon Ride
Black Hills Balloons
4.8
Black Hills Helicopters ©
Helicopter Tour
Black Hills Helicopters
5.0

2
nights
Duluth

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll around Enger Park, then relax and float downstream with Swiftwater Adventures, then identify plant and animal life at Congdon Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Amnicon Falls State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Duluth trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Custer to Duluth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in August, Duluth is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Swiftwater Adventures ©
River Rafting / Tubing
Swiftwater Adventures
4.9

1
night
Ontonagon

Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park, then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

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Getting from Duluth to Ontonagon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Ontonagon. In August, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Bond Falls ©
Must see
Bond Falls
4.9

3
nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with Pictured Rocks Kayaking, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Pictured Rocks Kayaking ©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Pictured Rocks Kayaking
4.8

1
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Petoskey

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, then kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Petoskey itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Munising to Petoskey in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, then stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, and finally kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Ludington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Ludington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

5
nights
Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, walk around Millennium Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago journey maker.

Getting from Ludington to Chicago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ludington to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ludington in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Chicago: highs are around 83°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip
Millennium Park
Must see
Millennium Park
4.8

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