48 days in Montana, Michigan & Missouri Itinerary

48 days in Montana, Michigan & Missouri Itinerary

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Whitefish
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
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Munising
— 6 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 6 nights
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Saint Louis
— 6 nights
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Branson
— 6 nights
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Kansas City
— 5 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Big Sky
— 3 nights

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Whitefish

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Glacier National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Whitefish side-trips: Polson (Flathead Lake & Miracle of America Museum), West Glacier (Glacier View Golf Club & Hidden Lake) and Eric Thorsen Art Studio (in Bigfork). There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with Rock Climb Montana, stop by Willow's HuckleberryLand, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at Glacier Highline.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Whitefish trip planner.

Seattle to Whitefish is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Whitefish is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitefish, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

West Glacier, Polson, Depot Park, Willow's HuckleberryLand, Eric Thorsen Art Studio
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glacier National Park ©
Glacier National Park
Rock Climb Montana ©
Rock Climb Montana

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Swiftcurrent Falls, and admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Whitefish to Glacier National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Munising.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

6
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Family-friendly places like Pictured Rocks Kayaking and Chapel Rock and Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Marquette (Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, Lakenenland Sculpture Park, &more) and Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, kick back and relax at Miner's Beach, and stroll through Sand Point Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munising planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Munising takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in June, expect nights in Munising to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marquette, Manistique, Miner's Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks Kayaking ©
Pictured Rocks Kayaking
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum ©
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

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nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Family-friendly places like Saugatuck Dune Rides and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables (in New Era), Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park (in Alto) and Muskegon (Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Michigan's Adventure, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Holland Farmers Market, and kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Munising to Grand Rapids takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Munising in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Muskegon, Holland, Ludington, Saugatuck
Highlights from your plan
Saugatuck Dune Rides ©
Saugatuck Dune Rides
Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables ©
Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kids will enjoy Saint Louis Zoo and City Museum. Explore Saint Louis' surroundings by going to Onondaga Cave (in Leasburg) and Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, explore the engaging exhibits at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, find something for the whole family at Adventure Valley, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with STL Haunted History.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Saint Louis by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Saint Louis. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, expect Saint Louis to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Onondaga Cave, Elephant Rocks State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum

6
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Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kids will enjoy Silver Dollar City and Titanic Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, get in on the family fun at The Branson Coaster, explore the fascinating underground world of Talking Rocks Cavern, and explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson trip planner.

You can 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 July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Zipline USA, Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Zipline USA ©
Zipline USA
Runaway Mountain Coaster ©
Runaway Mountain Coaster

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National WWI Museum and Memorial and Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kansas City: Show Me Ziplines (in Rayville), Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area (in Blue Springs) and Blue Spring (in Ellington). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, test your problem-solving skills at The Exit Room, and take in nature's colorful creations at Loose Park Rose Garden.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Independence, The Exit Room, Show Me Ziplines, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, Blue Spring
Highlights from your plan
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate
The Exit Room ©
The Exit Room
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area ©
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area

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Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Yellowstone Insight - Day Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: West Yellowstone (Museum of the Yellowstone, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Montana Whitewater, explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gardiner itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kansas City to Gardiner in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Kansas City in July, plan for little chillier days in Gardiner, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

West Yellowstone, Beartooth Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Insight - Day Tours ©
Yellowstone Insight - Day Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun

3
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Big Sky

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ousel Falls Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, and hike along Beehive Basin Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sky trip planning tool.

Getting from Gardiner to Big Sky by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Big Sky sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Lone Peak ©
Lone Peak
Big Sky Chapel ©
Big Sky Chapel

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