40 days in Missouri, Nashville & Louisville Itinerary

40 days in Missouri, Nashville & Louisville Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Branson
— 5 nights
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Kansas City
— 5 nights
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Columbia
— 4 nights
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Hermann
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 6 nights
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Nashville
— 10 nights
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Louisville
— 8 nights
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Branson

— 5 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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Tue) at Silver Dollar City. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, don't miss a visit to Dancing Water Fountain, and catch all the local highlights with VIP Tours of Branson.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Branson trip itinerary website.

Palm Springs to Branson is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Palm Springs to Branson due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, expect Branson to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kansas City side-trips: Saint Joseph (Patee House Museum & The St. Joseph Parkway), Blue Spring (in Ellington) and Weston (Pirtle Winery & Holladay Distillery). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, contemplate the long history of Union Station, take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City travel planner.

Drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Columbia

— 4 nights
Columbia is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri and the county seat of Boone County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbia: Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in Camdenton), Ozark Distillery and Brewery (in Osage Beach) and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (in Boonville). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The National Churchill Museum, don't miss a visit to Columbia Art League, walk around Lions-Stephens Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Warm Springs Ranch.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Columbia road trip planner.

Drive from Kansas City to Columbia in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Hermann.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Hermann

— 1 night
Hermann is a city designated in 1842 as the county seat of Gasconade County, Missouri, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of John Colter Memorial, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pinckney Bend Distillery, learn about winemaking at Robller Vineyard, then steep yourself in history at Deutschheim State Historic Site, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hermann trip planner.

You can drive from Columbia to Hermann in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hermann are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Hermann

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: Katy Trail State Park (in Saint Charles), Onondaga Cave (in Leasburg) and Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, walk around Forest Park, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Hermann to Saint Louis in 1.5 hours. May in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Nashville

— 10 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to South Union Shaker Village (in South Union), Bowling Green (NCM Motorsports Park & National Corvette Museum) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail & Mammoth Cave). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, admire the landmark architecture of Nashville Parthenon, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning app.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Louisville

— 8 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Frankfort (Floral Clock, Castle & Key Distillery, &more), Cincinnati (Smale Riverfront Park & Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Coolmore America - Ashford Stud). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and try your luck at Churchill Downs.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Louisville online day trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Louisville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Louisville. In June, daytime highs in Louisville are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · 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.