25 days in Midwest Itinerary

25 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive + Bus:  6 h 15 min
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
5
Empire
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Branson
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Duluth
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Paris

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fox in a Box Chicago and Lake Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Ragnarok Axe Throwing.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Chicago is minus 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Fox in a Box Chicago ©
Fox in a Box Chicago
Maggie Daley Park ©
Maggie Daley Park
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Noah's Ark Water Park and Laser Warfare. Kids will appreciate attractions like Wilderness Territory and Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to MagiQuest, visit Capones Old Time Pic. Studio, deepen your understanding at Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue, and get engrossed in the history at H.H. Bennett Studio.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells day trip planning app.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, Wisconsin Dells is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue
Highlights from your plan
Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
MagiQuest ©
MagiQuest
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park ©
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Miners Castle Rock and Munising Falls. Bring the kids along to Miners Falls and Sand Point Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Munising takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, subway, and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Wisconsin Dells, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Munising, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 13th (Tue), stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, thencontemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Platte Point Beach, kick back and relax at Elberta Beach, and then learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Empire trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Mackinac Island to Empire in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Empire are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Platte Point Beach, Elberta Beach, St. Ambrose Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
St. Ambrose Cellars ©
St. Ambrose Cellars

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Talking Rocks Cavern and The Branson Coaster. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at State Park Marina and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Venture out of the city with trips to Springfield (Discovery Center of Springfield, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Arcade City, make a splash at Silver Dollar City, see the interesting displays at Veterans Memorial Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at TNT Old Time Photo.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Branson trip website.

You can fly from Empire to Branson in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Branson is a bit warmer than Empire - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Springfield
Highlights from your plan
State Park Marina ©
State Park Marina
Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern
The Branson Coaster ©
The Branson Coaster

4
nights
Rapid City

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Reptile Gardens and Museum of Geology. Explore hidden gems such as Storybook Island and Dinosaur Museum. There's still lots to do: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Black Hills Maze, get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum, and putt your heart out at Putz n Glo Black Light Mini Golf.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Rapid City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Branson to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Branson in July, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 25th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, thenstroll around Canal Park, thenstroll around Bayfront Festival Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Vikre Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Art in the Alley, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach Park, and then examine the collection at The Duluth Depot.

Plan my day in Duluth using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Duluth takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rapid City in July, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Canal Park ©
Canal Park
Brighton Beach Park ©
Brighton Beach Park

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