30 days in Midwest Itinerary

30 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest trip planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

30 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Ferry:  30​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Branson
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Duluth
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

5
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gerald R. Ford Museum and USS Silversides Submarine Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate South Haven Lighthouses and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier. Venture out of the city with trips to Coghlin Park (in Saugatuck), Little Sable Point Lighthouse (in Mears) and Ludington (Big Sable Point Lighthouse & Ludington State Park). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Air Zoo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip maker app .

London, UK to Grand Rapids is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Grand Rapids, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Grand Rapids are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ludington, South Haven Lighthouses, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, Coghlin Park, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Haven Lighthouses ©
South Haven Lighthouses
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Indian Village. Step out of Mackinaw City to go to Sault Ste. Marie and see Museum Ship Valley Camp, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mackinaw City using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Grand Rapids in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Museum Ship Valley Camp
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 10th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Fort Holmes, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then examine the collection at Liberty Lego Display, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Maeve's Arts.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island day trip planning tool .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Mackinaw City. In September in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Soo Locks, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paradise driving holiday site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Paradise. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Oswald's Bear Ranch, Soo Locks
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sylvan Lake and Needles Eye Tunnel. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Adams Museum (in Deadwood) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City holiday planner.

Getting from Paradise to Rapid City by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Paradise in September, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood, Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

3
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Let the collections at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Wounded Knee: The Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Loop Road and Badlands Wall. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and stroll through Notch Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park tour website .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wounded Knee: The Museum, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and National Tiger Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Veterans Memorial Museum and Stone Hill Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, examine the collection at Ralph Foster Museum, explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, and Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Branson trip site .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Branson by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Branson is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Branson, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Veterans Memorial Museum ©
Veterans Memorial Museum

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get some cultural insight at Canal Park and Split Rock Lighthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate and Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & 3M Dwan Musem). There's much more to do: get all the information you need at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Branson to Duluth takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Branson in September, things will get little chillier in Duluth: highs are around 23°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Two Harbors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

Similar Plans

17 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM NIGERIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM NIGERIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM NIGERIA October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in United States BY A USER FROM ITALY October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Midwest SEE PLAN April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans