55 days in Midwest Itinerary

55 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest sightseeing planner
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
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Makanda
— 2 nights
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Branson
— 7 nights
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Independence
— 5 nights
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Mason City
— 6 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Toledo
— 6 nights
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Cincinnati
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Springfield — 5 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get some historical perspective at Dana-Thomas House and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (in Bloomington), Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden, contemplate the long history of Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Springfield tour itinerary builder website.

Charlotte to Springfield is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Charlotte to Springfield, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Springfield are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Saint Louis — 5 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bluff View Trail and The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Campbell House Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: America's National Churchill Museum (in Fulton), Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven) and Zipline (in New Florence). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, steep yourself in history at Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, ponder the world of politics at Old Courthouse, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Springfield to Saint Louis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Makanda.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Makanda — 2 nights

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get outside with Mermet Springs Scuba and then head outdoors with Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center and then stroll the grounds of Mound City National Cemetery.

Make your Makanda itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Makanda in 2.5 hours. May in Makanda sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Branson.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Branson — 7 nights

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and Gay Perdita Sinclair Station Route 66 Memorabalia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Branson: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (in Republic) and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (in Lampe). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at VIP Tours of Branson, stroll through National Tiger Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Branson trip planning website.

You can drive from Makanda to Branson in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Branson are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Independence.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Independence — 5 nights

Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate and Squirrel Cage Jail. Get out of town with these interesting Independence side-trips: Watkins Mill State Park (in Lawson), Jesse James Birthplace Museum (in Kearney) and Battle of Lexington State Historic Site (in Lexington). And it doesn't end there: stop by Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kansas City Missouri Temple, and examine the collection at Jail, Marshal's Home & Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Independence day trip planning site.

You can drive from Branson to Independence in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Independence are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mason City.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Mason City — 6 nights

Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Grotto of the Redemption and Lime Creek Nature Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stockman House Museum and Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mason City: Masters Hotel (in Burr Oak), Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church (in Spillville) and St. Augustine's Catholic Church (in Austin). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Historic Park Inn Hotel, get to know the fascinating history of Music Man Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of LIttle Brown Church in the Vale, and stroll through Fossil & Prairie Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mason City online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Independence to Mason City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Independence in May, expect Mason City to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Badlands National Park — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Badlands National Park and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Badlands National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mason City to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Custer.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail.

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Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Chicago — 7 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Head to The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Centerfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), SaltTreeYoga (in Ottawa) and South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica of the Sacred Heart). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around Millennium Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in June, with highs in Chicago at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Toledo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips

Toledo — 6 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. Explore Toledo's surroundings by going to Castalia Quarry Reserve (in Castalia), Oak Harbor (Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge & Sea Breeze Charters) and Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums (in Fremont). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The 577 Foundation, see the interesting displays at Motown Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Fort Meigs Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Toledo online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Toledo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Toledo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Toledo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cincinnati.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Cincinnati — 5 nights

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Escape the urban bustle at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Cincinnati Nature Center. Popular historic sites such as Carillon Historical Park and Fort Ancient State Memorial are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cincinnati: The Miller House and Garden (in Columbus), National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton) and Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cincinnati road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Toledo to Cincinnati takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips