30 days in Midwest Itinerary

30 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel route planner
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Independence
— 1 night
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Mason City
— 4 nights
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Galena
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Dayton
— 3 nights
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Detroit
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Fulton
— 1 night
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Branson
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Independence — 1 night

Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. On the 16th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Jesse James Birthplace Museum and then examine the collection at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Harry S Truman National Historic Site and then contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

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

Houston to Independence is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in May, expect Independence to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mason City.
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Mason City — 4 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Stockman House Museum and Masters Hotel will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Park Inn Hotel and Grotto of the Redemption. Take a break from Mason City with a short trip to Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square, and contemplate the long history of Meredith Willson Boyhood Home.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mason City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Independence to Mason City in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, Mason City is little chillier than Independence - with highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Galena.
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Galena — 4 nights

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Ulysses S. Grant Home and De Immigrant Windmill will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Dickeyville Grotto (in Dickeyville) and Motor Mill Historic Site (in Elkader). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galena itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Galena takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Galena can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 4 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, admire the striking features of Marquette Building, don't miss a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Galena to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Dayton.
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Dayton — 3 nights

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
Visit Carillon Historical Park and Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of the US Air Force and Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum. The adventure continues: deepen your knowledge of military history at Dayton National Cemetery and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Calvary Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dayton trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Chicago to Dayton in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Detroit.
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Detroit — 3 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Greenfield Village. Get some historical perspective at Motown Museum and The 577 Foundation. Go for a jaunt from Detroit to Oak Harbor to see Magee Marsh Wildlife Area about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Henry Ford and explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Detroit tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Dayton to Detroit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Detroit sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Springfield.
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Springfield — 4 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Dana-Thomas House and Edwards Place Historic Home. When in Springfield, make a side trip to see Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours) in Hannibal, approximately Hannibal away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Springfield takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Detroit, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 3 nights

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.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and St. Charles Historic District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Campbell House Museum and Lewis & Clark State Historic Site capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Louis: Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Fulton.
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Fulton — 1 night

Fulton is a city in, and the county seat of, Callaway County, Missouri, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the striking features of America's National Churchill Museum and then do a tasting at Serenity Valley Winery.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Fulton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Fulton takes 2 hours. In June in Fulton, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Branson.
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Branson — 2 nights

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and then get a new perspective on nature at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum and then indulge your senses at VIP Tours of Branson.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Branson online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fulton to Branson by car takes about 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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