25 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest trip planner
Make it your trip
Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
2
Holland
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Ferry
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Duluth
7
Duluth
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Custer
— 4 nights
Fly
9
Branson
— 5 nights
Drive to Springfield Branson National Airport, Fly to Stuttgart

S M T W T F S
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2

Chicago — 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Millennium Park and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip maker site.

Stuttgart, Germany to Chicago is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Stuttgart to Chicago, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Stuttgart in August: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Holland.
more
Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Holland — 2 nights

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 9th (Wed), kick back and relax at Oval Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at South Haven Lighthouses, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park, enjoy the sea views from Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

Before you visit Holland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Holland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Holland due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Holland dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips

Traverse City — 4 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fishtown. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Point Betsie Lighthouse and Front Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive & Empire Bluff Trail). There's much more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, get a taste of local nightlife at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

Find out how to plan Traverse City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Holland to Traverse City in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munising.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising holiday maker website.

Drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mackinaw City.
more
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Mackinaw City — 2 nights

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City road trip website.

Getting from Munising to Mackinaw City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 19th (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island route builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Duluth.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Duluth — 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 21st (Mon), grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, then don't miss a visit to Split Rock Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then steep yourself in history at Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth route builder.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Duluth by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mackinac Island to Duluth due to the time zone difference. August in Duluth sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Custer.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Custer — 4 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Iron Mountain Road. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sylvan Lake and Presidential Trail. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Hot Springs to see The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs about 42 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Needles Highway, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Custer route builder app.

You can fly from Duluth to Custer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Custer. Traveling from Duluth in August, plan for little chillier nights in Custer, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Branson.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Branson — 5 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and The Butterfly Palace. Take a break from the city and head to Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Branson with an excursion to Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at National Tiger Sanctuary, take a stroll through Historic Downtown Branson, get outside with Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, and admire the local landmark of Dancing Water Fountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Branson trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Custer to Branson in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Branson is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in August, with highs in Branson at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
more
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips