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 15​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Columbus to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Columbus to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) 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.
On the 9th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Custer online travel route planner .

Getting from Chicago to Custer by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Custer. Traveling from Chicago in July, Custer is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Keystone
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Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

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 (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, explore the fascinating underground world of Talking Rocks Cavern, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Branson driving holiday tool .

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 moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in July, with highs in Branson at 87°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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