38 days in Missouri Itinerary

38 days in Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Missouri trip planner

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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 Pony Express Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Pirtle Winery and Museum Hill Historic District. Take a break from Saint Joseph with a short trip to Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Glore Psychiatric Museum, browse the exhibits of Remington Nature Center, take an in-depth tour of Walter Cronkite Memorial, and learn about winemaking at Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Joseph day trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Saint Joseph is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. 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 Harry S. Truman Library and Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Evel Knievel Museum. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, shop like a local with Country Club Plaza, see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 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 D&D Animal Sanctuary. Step off the beaten path and head to Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Stone Hill Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbia: Hermann (Adam Puchta Winery & Tin Mill Brewing Company) and Hannibal (Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse & Rockcliffe Mansion). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, stop by Bluestem Missouri Crafts, grab your bike and head to Garth Nature Area, and walk around Lions-Stephens Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Columbia online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kansas City to Columbia by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time 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 Bridal Cave. Change things up with a short trip to The Fugitive Beach in Rolla (about 1h 15 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

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · 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). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Missouri Civil War Museum, examine the collection at City Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Saint Louis trip itinerary website.

Getting from Jefferson City to Saint Louis by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough 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 Giant City State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Girardeau: Paducah (Paducah Riverwalk & Purple Toad Winery) and Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life 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 · Wineries

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: look for all kinds of wild species at 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 · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Springfield

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

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Farmington to Springfield takes 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Springfield are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 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 Historic Downtown Branson. Step off the beaten path and head to Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Veterans Memorial Museum. Step out of Branson with an excursion to Christ of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Head underground at Marvel Cave, learn more about the world around you at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Branson road trip planner.

Drive from Springfield to Branson in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Missouri travel guide

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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.