56 days in Midwest Itinerary

56 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel route planner

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Branson
— 5 nights
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Kansas City
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Holland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 4 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Ely
— 4 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 6 nights
Fly to La Crosse, Train to Wisconsin Dells
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Room Escape Games. Visiting National Tiger Sanctuary and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in Camdenton), Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (in Lampe) and Springfield (Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World & Fantastic Caverns). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at World's Largest Toy Museum, take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, and explore the fascinating underground world of Marvel Cave.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Branson trip simple and quick.

Sydney, Australia to Branson is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Branson reach 11°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Kaleidoscope and Patee House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing and Room Escape Games. Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Saint Joseph (Pony Express Museum, Glore Psychiatric Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, examine the collection at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kansas City online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Kansas City are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Eiteljorg Museum and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Clifty Falls State Park and Turkey Run State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indianapolis: Salt Creek Trail (in Nashville) and Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery (in Rockville). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Indianapolis Museum of Art, enjoy some diversion at Lucas Oil Stadium, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and learn about all things military at Indiana War Memorial.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Indianapolis road trip planning tool.

Fly from Kansas City to Indianapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in February, expect nights in Indianapolis to be about the same, around -6°C, while days are little chillier, around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Holland.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Holland

— 2 nights
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Oval Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): take in the waterfront at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, then admire the majestic nature at Hoffmaster State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pere Marquette Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Holland attractions site.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Holland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Indianapolis in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Holland, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Holland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as The Escape Game Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. Escape the urban bustle at Chicago River and Oak Street Beach. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, let the kids burn off some steam at Maggie Daley Park, see the interesting displays at Oriental Institute Museum, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chicago day trip planning website.

Getting from Holland to Chicago by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Cleveland

— 5 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 in touch with nature at Maumee Bay State Park and Girdled Road Reservation. Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Cleveland Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cleveland: Warther Museum (in Dover), Castle Noel (in Medina) and Alaskan Birdhouse Wildlife Museum (in Put in Bay). The adventure continues: examine the collection at A Christmas Story House, perfect your strike at Bay Lanes Bowling, and stroll around Mill Creek Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland road trip planning app.

Getting from Chicago to Cleveland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miners Castle Rock. Get in touch with nature at Munising Falls and Wagner Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Palms Book State Park (in Manistique), Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Munising road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cleveland to Munising takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In March, Munising is a bit cooler than Cleveland - with highs of 0°C and lows of -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 4 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Get outdoors at Lake of the Isles and Chain of Lakes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Escape Game and St. Anthony Falls. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Art, explore the activities along Coldwater Spring, grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park, and stroll around Minnehaha Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis sightseeing app.

Getting from Munising to Minneapolis by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Munising to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munising in March, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Duluth

— 4 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visiting Park Point and Congdon Park will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Split Rock Lighthouse and Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area) and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves (in Bayfield). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Duluth itinerary maker app.

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Duluth, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Ely

— 4 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and International Wolf Center. You'll explore and learn at North American Bear Center and North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Cascade River State Park (in Lutsen), Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella) and Judge C.R. Magney State Park (in Grand Marais). There's lots more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, trek along Bass Lake Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Onyx Beach.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ely trip builder website.

Drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Duluth in March since evenings lows in Ely dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loop Road and Notch Trail. Get in touch with nature at Badlands Wall and Badlands National Park. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Oglala Lakota College Historical Center in Kyle, approximately Kyle away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and explore and take pictures at Sheep Mountain Table Road.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ely to Badlands National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ely to Badlands National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ely in March: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 13°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer

— 6 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Iron Mountain Road. Get in touch with nature at Needles Eye Tunnel and Wind Cave National Park. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Deadwood (Adams Museum & Adams House) and Spearfish (D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills National Forest, take a memorable drive along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and explore and take pictures at Needles Highway.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Custer online journey planner.

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 March, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around -6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Christmas Mountain and Witches Gulch. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Wilderness Territory, get your game on at Capones Old Time Pic. Studio, tee off at Wild Rock Golf Club, and let little ones run wild at MagiQuest.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Custer to Wisconsin Dells in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Wisconsin Dells due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Custer in March: highs in Wisconsin Dells hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Winter Sports