57 days in Midwest Itinerary

57 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Branson
— 4 nights
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Kansas City
— 5 nights
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Milwaukee
— 5 nights
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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Cleveland
— 4 nights
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Columbus
— 5 nights
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Cincinnati
— 5 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Indianapolis
— 5 nights

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Branson

Branson ©

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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 4th (Sun) at Silver Dollar City. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, get a new perspective on nature at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson online trip planner.

Valparaiso to Branson is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Valparaiso in April, with highs in Branson at 67°F and lows at 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks
Table Rock Lake ©
Table Rock Lake
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Weston (Pirtle Winery & Holladay Distillery). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial, test your team's savvy at The Exit Room, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kansas City Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kansas City trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Kansas City are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Barley Bus Tours ©
Barley Bus Tours
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The Exit Room ©
The Exit Room

5
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: Quail Ridge Park (in Wentzville), Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven) and Shaw Nature Reserve (in Gray Summit). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Gateway Arch, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll around Forest Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Metamora Courthouse (in Metamora), Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Hannibal (Rockcliffe Mansion & Mississippi Mind Trap). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Springfield takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Mississippi Mind Trap ©
Mississippi Mind Trap

7
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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica of the Sacred Heart). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chicago journey maker site.

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Springfield in April: highs in Chicago hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park
Millennium Park

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Get out of town with these interesting Milwaukee side-trips: Horicon Marsh (in Mayville), Escape Room Wisconsin (in Appleton) and Portage WWII History Museum (in Portage). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, take an in-depth tour of Mitchell Gallery of Flight, admire the natural beauty at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milwaukee trip planner.

Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Milwaukee, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Portage WWII History Museum ©
Portage WWII History Museum
Escape Room Wisconsin ©
Escape Room Wisconsin
Horicon Marsh ©
Horicon Marsh

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Detroit

Detroit ©

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Decode Ypsilanti (in Ypsilanti), Michigan State University (in East Lansing) and Toledo (Toledo Museum of Art & Oak Openings Preserve Metropark). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, get the lay of the land with Feet On The Street Tours, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Milwaukee to Detroit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Milwaukee to Detroit is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Toledo Museum of Art ©
Toledo Museum of Art
Feet On The Street Tours ©
Feet On The Street Tours

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Akron (The Peanut Shoppe & Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave), The Upton House (in Warren) and Youngstown (The Butler Institute of American Art & Fellows Riverside Gardens). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, indulge in some culinary diversions at Canton Food Tours, and try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cleveland online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fellows Riverside Gardens ©
Fellows Riverside Gardens
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Columbus

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (in Powell), Rockbridge (Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve & Zipline) and Logan (Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Portsmouth Floodwall Mural, indulge in some culinary diversions at Columbus Food Adventures, learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus, and get engrossed in the history at Bainbridge Dental Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Columbus holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Columbus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Portsmouth Floodwall Mural ©
Portsmouth Floodwall Mural
Columbus Food Adventures ©
Columbus Food Adventures

5
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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield), Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford) and Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, walk around Ault Park, take an in-depth tour of Cincinnati Museum Center, and stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati road trip planning site.

You can drive from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Cincinnati sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
National Museum of the US Air Force
Beer Tastings & Tours
Smale Riverfront Park ©
Smale Riverfront Park

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Nashville is a town in Washington Township, Brown County, Indiana, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Knobstone Trail (in Salem) and Spring Mill State Park (in Mitchell). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with Schooner Valley Stables, trek along Salt Creek Trail, contemplate the long history of Brown County Pioneer Museum and Old Log Jail, and stroll around Brown County State Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville journey planner.

Drive from Cincinnati to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Schooner Valley Stables ©
Schooner Valley Stables
Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines ©
Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines
Brown County State Park ©
Brown County State Park

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monon Trail (in Carmel), Bloomington (Pate Hollow Trail & Indiana University) and Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. (in Westfield). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, contemplate the long history of Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nickel Plate Trail.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Indianapolis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co. ©
Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co.
Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park ©
Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park
The Escape Room Fishers ©
The Escape Room Fishers

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