60 days in Midwest Itinerary

60 days in Midwest Itinerary

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60 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  22​h
1
Omaha
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kansas City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Branson
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Saint Louis
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Indianapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cincinnati
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Columbus
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cleveland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Chicago
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Milwaukee
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
12
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Platte River State Park, try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wabash Trace Nature Trail and then explore the engaging exhibits at Omaha Children's Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Omaha driving holiday planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Omaha is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. In October, Omaha is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Platte River State Park, Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Omaha Children's Museum ©
Omaha Children's Museum
Platte River State Park ©
Platte River 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead and Kaleidoscope. Venture out of the city with trips to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area (in Blue Springs), Evel Knievel Museum (in Topeka) and Ernie Miller Nature Center (in Olathe). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Estate, take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kansas City attractions app .

Getting from Omaha to Kansas City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Omaha in October since evenings lows in Kansas City dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Independence, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Evel Knievel Museum, Ernie Miller Nature Center, Holladay Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Kaleidoscope ©
Kaleidoscope
Ernie Miller Nature Center ©
Ernie Miller Nature Center

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.
Kids will enjoy Silver Dollar City and Bigfoot Fun Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park (in Springfield) and Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in Camdenton). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at Escape Code, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Branson trip builder website .

You can drive from Kansas City to Branson in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Branson are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Arcade City ©
Arcade City

5
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Family-friendly places like Saint Louis Zoo and City Museum will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Louis: Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview), Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (in Springfield) and Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven). There's much more to do: make a trip to The Gateway Arch, see the interesting displays at Campbell House Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, and stroll around Forest Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Branson to Saint Louis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinckney Bend Distillery, Elephant Rocks State Park, Sachs Butterfly House, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
Elephant Rocks State Park ©
Elephant Rocks State Park
City Museum ©
City Museum

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Conner Prairie. Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to Indiana University (in Bloomington), Brown County Pioneer Museum and Old Log Jail (in Nashville) and Exotic Feline Rescue Center (in Centerpoint). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and find something for the whole family at Deming Park.

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Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Indianapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis to Indianapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brown County Pioneer Museum and Old Log Jail, Conner Prairie, TPA Park, Indiana University, Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Highlights from your plan
Exotic Feline Rescue Center ©
Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo

5
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Family-friendly places like Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Kings Island will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cincinnati: Miami Valley Gaming (in Lebanon), Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force) and Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford). Next up on the itinerary: put a fun spin on your tour with Houdini's Room Escape, stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, try to win big at JACK Cincinnati Casino, and stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Cincinnati takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dayton, Cincinnati Nature Center, Miami Valley Gaming, Kings Island, Portsmouth Floodwall Mural
Highlights from your plan
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Kings Island ©
Kings Island
National Museum of the US Air Force ©

5
nights
Columbus

Columbus ©
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Tawawa Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbus: Char-Mar Ridge Preserve (in Westerville), Rockbridge (Zipline & Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve) and Logan (Ash Cave, Rockhouse, & more). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Christopher Columbus Statue, make a trip to Grounds of Remembrance, and relax in the rural setting at Slate Run Living Historical Farm.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Columbus trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Cincinnati to Columbus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Logan, Rockbridge, Grounds of Remembrance, Slate Run Living Historical Farm, Char-Mar Ridge Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ©
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Tawawa Park ©
Tawawa Park
Slate Run Living Historical Farm ©
Slate Run Living Historical Farm

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Cedar Point and Bay Lanes Bowling. Explore Cleveland's surroundings by going to Warther Museum (in Dover), F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (in Akron) and The Farm at Walnut Creek (in Sugarcreek). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, admire the natural beauty at Fellows Riverside Gardens, contemplate the long history of Gazebo & Green, Hudson, and walk around Rocky River Reservation.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cleveland trip planner .

Traveling by car from Columbus to Cleveland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Cleveland are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Bay Village, Warther Museum, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Gazebo & Green, Hudson, The Farm at Walnut Creek
Highlights from your plan
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
The Farm at Walnut Creek ©
The Farm at Walnut Creek

3
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to EpIQ Escapes (in Jackson) and Toledo (Oak Openings Preserve Metropark & Toledo Museum of Art). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and explore the galleries of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

To see photos and tourist information, read Detroit online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cleveland to Detroit by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Detroit when traveling from Cleveland in November, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Dearborn, EpIQ Escapes
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark ©
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Field Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica of the Sacred Heart) and Silver Beach Carousel (in Saint Joseph). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chicago driving holiday planner .

Fly from Detroit to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. November in Chicago sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oak Park, South Bend, Horseshoe Hammond, Silver Beach Carousel
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

4
nights
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Family-friendly places like Bookworm Gardens and Edwards Apple Orchard will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Milwaukee: Whistling Straits Golf Course - Straits and Irish (in Kohler), Horicon Marsh (in Mayville) and Shalom Wildlife Zoo (in West Bend). The adventure continues: gain insight at Rotary Botanical Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of SC Johnson Headquarters, relax in the rural setting at Green Meadows Petting Farm, and examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Milwaukee are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Shalom Wildlife Zoo, Bookworm Gardens, Green Meadows Petting Farm, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Whistling Straits Golf Course - Straits and Irish
Highlights from your plan
Bookworm Gardens ©
Bookworm Gardens
Shalom Wildlife Zoo ©
Shalom Wildlife Zoo
Green Meadows Petting Farm ©
Green Meadows Petting Farm

3
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.
Attractions like Zipline and Wisconsin Deer Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Wisconsin Dells side-trips: Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green), Madison (Henry Vilas Zoo & Olbrich Botanical Gardens) and EAA Aviation Museum (in Oshkosh). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium and have some family-friendly fun at Laser Warfare.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells driving holiday planning tool .

You can take a train from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milwaukee in December: high temperatures in Wisconsin Dells hover around -1°C and lows are around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Madison, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , EAA Aviation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Olbrich Botanical Gardens ©
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Zipline
Wisconsin Deer Park ©
Wisconsin Deer Park

6
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.
Attractions like Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo and Nickelodeon Universe make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings), Sargent's Nursery (in Red Wing) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, admire the striking features of Gonda Building, and take in nature's colorful creations at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -10°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Rochester, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Sargent's Nursery, Extreme Sandbox
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo ©
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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