45 days in Midwest Itinerary

45 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel planner

Make it your trip
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Cleveland
— 4 nights
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Rockbridge
— 2 nights
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Cincinnati
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
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Branson
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kansas City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 6 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 4 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago O'Hare
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Cleveland

— 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cleveland side-trips: Lorain Lighthouse (in Lorain), Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and Back to the Wild (in Castalia). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at The HandleBar Toledo, take in nature's colorful creations at Fellows Riverside Gardens, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and contemplate the long history of Gazebo & Green, Hudson.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland planner.

Philadelphia to Cleveland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in June: highs in Cleveland hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Rockbridge

— 2 nights
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Old Man's Cave, Head underground at Ash Cave, and then trek along Gorge Overlook Trail. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then make a trip to Rockhouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockbridge trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Rockbridge in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Cincinnati

— 4 nights

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 Hawthorn Hill (in Oakwood (Montgomery County)), Dayton (National Museum of the US Air Force & Carillon Historical Park) and Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get to know the resident critters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, and try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cincinnati trip planner.

You can drive from Rockbridge to Cincinnati in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 5 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Louis: Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview) and Springfield (Lincoln Home National Historic Site & Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, see the interesting displays at Campbell House Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, and stroll around Forest Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis tour planning site.

Fly from Cincinnati to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cincinnati to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in June, Saint Louis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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 17th (Thu) at Silver Dollar City. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and find something for the whole family at Arcade City.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Branson online itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint Louis to Branson by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Branson, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Holladay Distillery (in Weston) and Richard Allen Cultural Center (in Leavenworth). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial, browse the collection at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Harry S Truman National Historic Site, and admire the natural beauty at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kansas City online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Interior to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding about 40 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park vacation builder.

Fly from Kansas City to Badlands National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Custer

— 6 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Change things up with a short trip to Presidential Trail in Keystone (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip builder app.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Custer is a bit cooler than Badlands National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Munising.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more) and Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Custer to Munising by combination of flight and taxi takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Custer in July: highs in Munising hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

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, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, walk around Millennium Park, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chicago online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munising in July, with highs in Chicago at 83°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips