5 days in Midwest Itinerary

5 days in Midwest Itinerary

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5 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h
1
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Branson
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then admire all the interesting features of Millennium Park, and then explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

Discover how to plan a Chicago trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Columbus to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Custer in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get slightly colder in Custer: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Keystone
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

1
night
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, then have fun at Talking Rocks Cavern, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Branson tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Branson in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Branson is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in June, things will get a bit warmer in Branson: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline

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