56 days in Midwest Itinerary

56 days in Midwest Itinerary

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1
Branson
— 5 nights
2
Kansas City
— 4 nights
3
Indianapolis
— 4 nights
4
Holland
— 2 nights
5
Chicago
— 5 nights
6
Cleveland
— 5 nights
7
Munising
— 4 nights
8
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
9
Duluth
— 4 nights
10
Ely
— 4 nights
11
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
12
Custer
— 6 nights
13
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting National Tiger Sanctuary and Table Rock Lake will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in Camdenton), Springfield (Room Escape Games, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, &more) and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (in Lampe). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at World's Largest Toy Museum, Head underground at Talking Rocks Cavern, hike along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, and get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Branson tour planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Branson is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Branson, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Branson reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Springfield, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, National Tiger Sanctuary, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave
Highlights from your plan
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
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.
Kaleidoscope and Harry S. Truman Library and 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, Patee House Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, examine the collection at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City route maker app.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Overland Park, Independence, Cabela's
Highlights from your plan
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum

4
nights
Indianapolis

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.
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 Salt Creek Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indianapolis: Turkey Run State Park (in Marshall) and Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery (in Rockville). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of 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 5.5 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 °C, while days are little chillier, around °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

Side Trips

Turkey Run State Park, Covered Bridge Art Association Gallery, Salt Creek Trail, Clifty Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Turkey Run State Park ©
Turkey Run State Park
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
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, stroll through 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, thenadmire 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 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; 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 °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muskegon, Oval Beach, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Escape Game Chicago and Oriental Institute Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Chicago River and Lakefront Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, let little ones run wild at Maggie Daley Park, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chicago trip maker website.

Drive from Holland to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Holland to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago

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.
Get in touch with nature at Girdled Road Reservation and Maumee Bay State Park. Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Warther Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cleveland: Castle Noel (in Medina), Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave (in Akron) and Alaskan Birdhouse Wildlife Museum (in Put in Bay). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, browse the exhibits of A Christmas Story House, stroll around Mill Creek Park, and see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Castle Noel, Warther Museum, Maumee Bay State Park, Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave, Bay Lanes Bowling
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Wagner Falls. Get in touch with nature at Munising Falls and Oswald's Bear Ranch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and Palms Book State Park (in Manistique). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock and admire the sheer force of Miners Falls.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising holiday maker website.

You can fly from Cleveland to Munising in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In March, Munising is little chillier than Cleveland - with highs of °C and lows of °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

Oswald's Bear Ranch, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Palms Book State Park
Highlights from your plan
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book 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.
Get outdoors at Lake of the Isles and Minnehaha Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Escape Game and Minneapolis Institute of Art. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Art, explore the activities along Coldwater Spring, hike along Midtown Greenway, and take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Munising to Minneapolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Minneapolis. Traveling from Munising in March, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

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

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Park Point and Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Split Rock Lighthouse. Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves (in Bayfield) and Gooseberry Falls State Park (in Two Harbors). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, stroll through Canal Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Duluth road trip tool.

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 °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves
Highlights from your plan
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to International Wolf Center and Bass Lake Trail. You'll explore and learn at North American Bear Center and North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Judge C.R. Magney State Park (in Grand Marais), Cascade River State Park (in Lutsen) and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella). The adventure continues: stroll through Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and kick back and relax at Onyx Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely day trip app.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ely when traveling from Duluth in March, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Judge C.R. Magney State Park, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Cascade River State Park, 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
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loop Road and Badlands Wall. Get in touch with nature at Notch Trail and Sheep Mountain Table Road. Get out of town with these interesting Badlands National Park side-trips: Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle) and Badlands National Park (in Interior). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ely to Badlands National Park takes 8.5 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. Traveling from Ely in March, things will get a bit warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °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
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

6
nights
Custer

Custer ©
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 Iron Mountain Road and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. 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, stop by Art Expressions, 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 °C, while days are slightly colder, around °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

Side Trips

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Christmas Mountain and MagiQuest. Take a break from the city and head to Witches Gulch and Wild Rock Golf Club. There's still lots to do: make a splash at Wilderness Territory and visit Capones Old Time Pic. Studio.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Custer to Wisconsin Dells takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight 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 °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Witches Gulch ©
Witches Gulch
MagiQuest ©
MagiQuest
Christmas Mountain ©
Christmas Mountain

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