31 days in Branson, Northwest Michigan & Wisconsin Itinerary

31 days in Branson, Northwest Michigan & Wisconsin Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Branson
— 7 nights
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Ludington
— 3 nights
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Sheboygan
— 2 nights
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Sturgeon Bay
— 2 nights
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Oshkosh
— 1 night
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Wisconsin Dells
— 4 nights
Drive
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Madison
— 3 nights
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Milwaukee
— 4 nights
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Branson

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Blanchard Springs Caverns (in Fifty Six), Bentonville (Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House & Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) and City Rock Bluff (in Calico Rock). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Thu) at Silver Dollar City. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster, join the crowd at The Track Family Fun Parks, and indulge your senses at VIP Tours of Branson.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Branson trip planner.

Knoxville to Branson is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Branson is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, soothe aching muscles at Yoga in the Vines, and grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip maker site.

You can fly from Branson to Traverse City in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Branson to Traverse City is 1 hour. Traveling from Branson in July, expect Traverse City to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ludington: Manistee (First Street Beach & Fifth Avenue Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, wander the wide-open spaces of Amber Elk Ranch, and walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludington road trip planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sheboygan.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sheboygan

— 2 nights
Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Bookworm Gardens, then join the crowd at Road America, and then admire the majestic nature at Kohler-Andrae State Park. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at West of the Lake Gardens, then learn about all things military at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and then play a few rounds at Whistling Straits Golf Course - Straits and Irish.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sheboygan trip site.

Drive from Ludington to Sheboygan in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ludington to Sheboygan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sturgeon Bay.

Things to do in Sheboygan

Parks · Museums · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Sturgeon Bay

— 2 nights
Sturgeon Bay is a city in and the county seat of Door County, Wisconsin, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at Door County Candle Company, explore the galleries of Edgewood Orchard Galleries, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Peninsula State Park. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at The Garden Door, then stroll around Cave Point County Park, then relax in the rural setting at The Farm, and finally head outdoors with Door County Charters.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sturgeon Bay route maker website.

Getting from Sheboygan to Sturgeon Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oshkosh.

Things to do in Sturgeon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Oshkosh

— 1 night
Oshkosh is a city in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States, located where the Fox River enters Lake Winnebago from the west. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at EAA Aviation Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Paine Art Center and Gardens, and then make a splash at Pollock Community Water Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oshkosh trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Sturgeon Bay to Oshkosh in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Oshkosh

Museums · Theme Parks

Wisconsin Dells

— 4 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.
Wisconsin Dells is known for theme parks, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Kernel Popcorn's Factory, and brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oshkosh to Wisconsin Dells takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Madison

— 3 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madison: Spring Green (The House on the Rock, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , &more) and Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Memorial Union Terrace, ponder the world of politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, and meet the residents at Henry Vilas Zoo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Madison road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Madison takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July in Madison, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 4 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milwaukee: Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva) and SC Johnson Headquarters (in Racine). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Pabst Mansion, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery, and wander the streets of Historic Third Ward.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Madison to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Milwaukee can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Wisconsin travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.