32 days in Midwest Itinerary

32 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Springfield
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 4 nights
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Kansas City
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Cleveland
— 2 nights
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights

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Springfield

Springfield ©

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and then contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Springfield. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

4
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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Venture out of the city with trips to The National Churchill Museum (in Fulton), Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview) and Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis, and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis route maker app.

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

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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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Branson trip tool.

Drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Branson, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Table Rock Lake ©
Table Rock Lake

3
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Kansas City

Kansas City ©

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Explore Kansas City's surroundings by going to Evel Knievel Museum (in Topeka) and Holladay Distillery (in Weston). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, and admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

To see maps and tourist information, read Kansas City tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Evel Knievel Museum ©
Evel Knievel Museum
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Custer is known for nature, scenic drive, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills National Forest, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Custer holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Kansas City to Custer in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Custer is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kansas City in May: highs in Custer hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in May, you will find days in Badlands National Park are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Cloud (Munsinger Gardens & Clemens Gardens) and Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, and walk around Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip website.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Minneapolis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Minneapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Minneapolis, with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Lake of the Isles ©
Lake of the Isles

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): learn about all things military at Portage WWII History Museum, get your game on at Laser Warfare, then get your game on at Elusive Escape Rooms, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Wisconsin River, and then admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center .

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells day trip planning app.

Getting from Minneapolis to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Portage WWII History Museum ©
Portage WWII History Museum
Zipline

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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): hunt for treasures at West Side Market, then admire the natural beauty at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and then contemplate the long history of Gazebo & Green, Hudson.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cleveland trip maker tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cleveland. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Cleveland

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
West Side Market ©
West Side Market

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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Venture out of the city with trips to David's Cemetery (in Kettering), Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford) and Dayton (National Museum of the US Air Force & Carillon Historical Park). The adventure continues: put a fun spin on your tour with Houdini's Room Escape, stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and try to win big at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

Plan my day in Cincinnati using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Cleveland to Cincinnati takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in May, you will find days in Cincinnati are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
National Museum of the US Air Force
Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape
Beer Tastings & Tours

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