56 days in Midwest Itinerary

56 days in Midwest Itinerary

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56 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Branson
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kansas City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Indianapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cleveland
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Munising
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Ely
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  7​h
11
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Custer
— 6 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + subway + bus + train:  8​h 45​min
13
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Tiger Sanctuary and Talking Rocks Cavern. Take a break from the city and head to Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (in Lampe), Springfield (Room Escape Games, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, & more) and Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in Camdenton). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Marvel Cave, trek along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, examine the collection at World's Largest Toy Museum, and explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Branson online tour planner .

Sydney, Australia to Branson is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Branson is minus 16 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Branson at 11°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Springfield, Table Rock Lake, Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, National Tiger Sanctuary, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Arabia Steamboat Museum and Glore Psychiatric Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blade & Timber and Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Saint Joseph (Pony Express Museum, Patee House Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and stop by Cabela's.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Independence, Overland Park, Cabela's
Highlights from your plan
Bingham Waggoner Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Estate
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

4
nights
Indianapolis

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.
Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Turkey Run State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and The Eiteljorg Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Indianapolis: Clifty Falls State Park (in Madison), Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery (in Rockville) and Salt Creek Trail (in Nashville). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about all things military at Indiana War Memorial, and have fun at Lucas Oil Stadium.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Indianapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Kansas City in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Indianapolis: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Holland.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nashville, Turkey Run State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Turkey Run State Park ©
Turkey Run State Park
Clifty Falls State Park ©
Clifty Falls State Park

2
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Oval Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, then admire the majestic nature at Hoffmaster State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Holland planning app .

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Holland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Indianapolis in February, expect nights in Holland to be about the same, around -9°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muskegon, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, Oval Beach, Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Hoffmaster State Park ©
Hoffmaster State Park

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Lakefront Trail and Chicago River. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Chicago, admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, examine the collection at The Field Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Park Conservatory.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip planner.

Drive from Holland to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Holland to Chicago. In February, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Richard H. Driehaus Museum ©
Richard H. Driehaus Museum

5
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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.
Visiting Mill Creek Park and Maumee Bay State Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castle Noel and Cleveland Museum of Natural History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cleveland: Girdled Road Reservation (in Concord), Warther Museum (in Dover) and Alaskan Birdhouse Wildlife Museum (in Put in Bay). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to A Christmas Story House, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave, and perfect your strike at Bay Lanes Bowling.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cleveland online vacation builder .

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Castle Noel, Warther Museum, Girdled Road Reservation, Bay Lanes Bowling, Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave
Highlights from your plan
Mill Creek Park ©
Mill Creek Park
Maumee Bay State Park ©
Maumee Bay State Park
Warther Museum ©
Warther Museum

4
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Palms Book State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Miners Castle Rock. Take a break from Munising with a short trip to Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cleveland to Munising by combination of flight and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cleveland in March, expect Munising to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Palms Book State Park, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Oswald's Bear Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park

4
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Museum of Russian Art. Get outdoors at Minnehaha Park and Midtown Greenway. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, take a memorable drive along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, and take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munising to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Munising in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Minneapolis, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

4
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Escape the urban bustle at Gooseberry Falls State Park and Park Point. Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves (in Bayfield) and Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area). There's lots more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, stroll around Canal Park, and snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Duluth travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in March: highs in Duluth hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get outdoors at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and International Wolf Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cascade River State Park and North American Bear Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Judge C.R. Magney State Park (in Grand Marais). There's much more to do: stroll through Bass Lake Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and see the interesting displays at North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ely trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Duluth in March since evenings lows in Ely dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cascade River State Park, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Onyx Beach, Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center

3
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Badlands National Park and Badlands Wall. Step out of the city life by going to Loop Road and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Step out of Badlands National Park to go to Kyle and see Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Notch Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and take a memorable drive along Sheep Mountain Table Road.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Ely to Badlands National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Adams House will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills National Forest and Sylvan Lake. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery (in Hill City), Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Adams Museum (in Deadwood). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, don't miss a visit to Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, and pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Plan my day in Custer using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days in Custer, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood, Keystone, Spearfish, Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

2
nights
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wilderness Territory and MagiQuest. Visiting Witches Gulch and Christmas Mountain will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, tee off at Wild Rock Golf Club, and see the interesting displays at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train from Custer to Wisconsin Dells in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Custer to Wisconsin Dells, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Custer, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wisconsin Dells, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium ©
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium
Witches Gulch ©
Witches Gulch
Climbing Tours

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