38 days in Missouri Itinerary

38 days in Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Missouri trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Kansas City International Airport, Drive to Saint Joseph
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Saint Joseph
— 4 nights
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Kansas City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Columbia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jefferson City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape Girardeau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Farmington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 6 nights
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Saint Joseph

— 4 nights
St. Get some cultural insight at Patee House Museum and Walter Cronkite Memorial. Step off the beaten path and head to Pony Express Museum and Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Joseph: Pirtle Winery (in Weston) and Missouri Star Quilt Company (in Hamilton). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Glore Psychiatric Museum, do a tasting at Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery, wander the streets of Museum Hill Historic District, and explore the activities along Remington Nature Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph trip planning website.

Stockholm, Sweden to Saint Joseph is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Stockholm to Saint Joseph, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in June, expect Saint Joseph to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 5 nights

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.
Let the collections at Arabia Steamboat Museum and Evel Knievel Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Harry S Truman National Historic Site, shop like a local with Country Club Plaza, see the interesting displays at The Money Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Tom's Town Distilling Co..

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Kansas City journey planner.

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Kansas City in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Columbia

— 4 nights
Columbia is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri and the county seat of Boone County. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Garth Nature Area. Step off the beaten path and head to Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbia: Hannibal (Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse & Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours)) and Hermann (Adam Puchta Winery, Tin Mill Brewing Company, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through D&D Animal Sanctuary, walk around Lions-Stephens Park, and look for gifts at Bluestem Missouri Crafts.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Columbia vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Kansas City to Columbia in 2 hours. June in Columbia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jefferson City.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Jefferson City

— 3 nights
Jefferson City is the capital of the State of Missouri and the fifteenth most populous city in the state. You'll explore and learn at The National Churchill Museum and Auto World Car Museum. Get in touch with nature at Ha Ha Tonka State Park and The Fugitive Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Bridal Cave in Camdenton (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Missouri State Penitentiary, admire the striking features of Missouri State Capitol, and get engrossed in the history at Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc..

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jefferson City road trip planning app.

Drive from Columbia to Jefferson City in an hour. June in Jefferson City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Jefferson City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 5 nights

Gateway to the West

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Saint Louis Art Museum and The National Museum of Transportation. For shopping fun, head to Kirkwood Farmers’ Market or The White Hare. Venture out of the city with trips to Shady Beach (in Saint Clair) and Springfield (Illinois State Museum & Dana-Thomas House). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online trip planner.

Getting from Jefferson City to Saint Louis by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Girardeau.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Girardeau

— 4 nights
Cape Girardeau is a city in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Distilled Spirits will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Discovery Park of America and Paducah Riverwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Girardeau: Purple Toad Winery (in Paducah), Giant City State Park (in Makanda) and Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Girardeau travel planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Cape Girardeau takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Cape Girardeau can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Farmington.

Things to do in Cape Girardeau

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Farmington

— 2 nights
Farmington is a city in St. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Elephant Rocks State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pickle Springs Natural Area and then learn about winemaking at Twin Oaks Vineyard & Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Farmington trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Girardeau to Farmington in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Farmington can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum and Fantastic Caverns. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield and Pythian Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Precious Moments Park (in Carthage), Grand Falls (in Joplin) and Bennett Spring State Park (in Lebanon).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Farmington to Springfield in 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Branson

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and National Tiger Sanctuary. Step out of Branson with an excursion to Christ of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Marvel Cave, get engrossed in the history at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Branson route builder site.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Branson takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.