25 days in Midwest Itinerary

25 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest route planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 3 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 4 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Fly

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mackinac Island State Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Visit Fort Mackinac and Round Island Lighthouse for their historical value. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mackinac Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Newark to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 73°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Presque Isle Park and Miners Castle Rock. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and Lakenenland Sculpture Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Palms Book State Park (in Manistique) and Sugarloaf Mountain (in Marquette). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munising day trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 13th (Tue), meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Chicago. In July, Chicago is somewhat warmer than Munising - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Tours

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Grant’s Farm, then engage your brain at Saint Louis Science Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, walk around Forest Park, and then have fun and explore at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Saint Louis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Chicago in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Branson

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Step off the beaten path and head to The Butterfly Palace and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Moonshine Beach, explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, and surround yourself with nature on Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Branson trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Custer.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sylvan Lake and Presidential Trail. Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap), Keystone (Rushmore Tramway Adventures & Big Thunder Gold Mine) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

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Traveling by flight from Branson to Custer takes 6.5 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 Branson to Custer. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Branson in July; daily highs in Custer reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 25th (Sun), get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, trek along Notch Trail, and then get a dose of the wild on Hurley Butte Horseback Riding.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Popular historic sites such as Split Rock Lighthouse and Lakewalk are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park and Park Point. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, examine the collection at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, get all the information you need at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, and take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Duluth trip planner.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Duluth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Duluth, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

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.
On the 30th (Fri), walk around Wisconsin Deer Park, get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, cool off at Wilderness Territory, and then admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip