31 days in Midwest Itinerary

31 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest tour planner
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Branson
— 5 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sturgeon Bay
— 2 nights
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Branson — 5 nights

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Runaway Mountain Coaster. When in Branson, make a side trip to see Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, approximately Lampe away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and experience the excitement of Branson Ferris Wheel.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Branson trip planning site.

Barcelona, Spain to Branson is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In July, daytime highs in Branson are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Custer.
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Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sylvan Lake and Presidential Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the striking landscape of Jewel Cave National Monument, cruise along Needles Highway, and admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer day trip planner.

Getting from Branson to Custer by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Branson in July: high temperatures in Custer hover around 31°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then stroll through Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Custer in July: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 38°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to Duluth.
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Duluth — 3 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aerial Lift Bridge and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Take a break from Duluth with a short trip to Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and walk around Leif Erikson Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Duluth day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Badlands National Park to Duluth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Duluth, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: highs in Duluth hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.
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Wisconsin Dells — 4 nights

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 Original Wisconsin Ducks and Wisconsin Deer Park. Explore Wisconsin Dells' surroundings by going to Madison (Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin State Capitol, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Circus World, tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Historic Torture Devices.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells online vacation planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Wisconsin Dells, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sturgeon Bay.
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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 19th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cana Island Lighthouse, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Whitefish Dunes State Park, stroll around Cave Point County Park, and then do a tasting at Door Peninsula Winery.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sturgeon Bay day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Sturgeon Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palms Book State Park and Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry) and Thompson State Fish Hatchery (in Manistique). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Munising online route planner.

Getting from Sturgeon Bay to Munising by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sturgeon Bay to Munising. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Paradise.
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Paradise — 2 nights

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. On the 24th (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paradise online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Front Street. Go for a jaunt from Traverse City to Empire to see Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City vacation app.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in July: highs in Traverse City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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