31 days in Midwest Itinerary

31 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Branson
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
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Munising
— 3 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 4 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights

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Branson

Branson ©

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.
Visiting Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Zipline will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and National Tiger Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at The Branson Coaster, explore the fascinating underground world of Talking Rocks Cavern, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Branson trip itinerary maker site.

Durham to Branson is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Branson. In June in Branson, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Rapid City.

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Appreciate the collections at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Adams Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Reptile Gardens and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead), Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more) and Keystone (Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more). There's much more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, cruise along Needles Highway, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and contemplate the long history of Adams House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City road trip planner.

Fly from Branson to Rapid City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Branson in June, expect Rapid City to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Loop Road and Badlands National Park. Get outdoors at Badlands Wall and Yellow Mounds Overlook. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior, approximately Interior away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, trek along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Homestead Overlook, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duluth.

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Loop Road
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Badlands Wall
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Duluth

Duluth ©

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Split Rock Lighthouse and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. Museum-lovers will appreciate S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum and Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Superior Hiking Trail). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Swiftwater Adventures, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth itinerary app.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Duluth in 7 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 slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: highs in Duluth hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

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Lakewalk
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Swiftwater Adventures
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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©

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.
Get outdoors at Original Wisconsin Ducks and International Crane Foundation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Devil's Lake State Park and Wisconsin Deer Park. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, see the interesting displays at Circus World, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stop by Kernel Popcorn's Factory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Munising.

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Presque Isle Park and Miners Castle Rock. Take a break from the city and head to Munising Falls and Wagner Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls and paddle through the water with Pictured Rocks Kayaking.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mackinaw City.

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Presque Isle Park
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Pictured Rocks Kayaking
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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Sledheads of Frederic. Get out of town with these interesting Mackinaw City side-trips: Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour (in Boyne City), Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (in Paradise) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Colonial Michilimackinac, see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinaw City can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island takes an hour. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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