60 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Akron
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Columbus
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Cincinnati
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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Branson
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Kansas City
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Saint Louis
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Ely
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Minneapolis
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Grand Rapids
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Akron — 3 nights

Akron is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Summit County. Kids will appreciate attractions like Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and Castle Noel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akron: Warther Museum (in Dover), Lake Metroparks Farmpark (in Kirtland) and The Farm at Walnut Creek (in Sugarcreek). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, steep yourself in history at Gazebo & Green, Hudson, see the interesting displays at Nativity Museum and replica of Bethlehem's cave, and look for gifts at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Akron trip itinerary planning app.

Boston to Akron is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Akron, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Columbus.
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Columbus — 5 nights

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Room Escape Games and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (in Powell), Ash Cave (in Logan) and Kennedy Museum of Art (in Athens). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Portsmouth Floodwall Mural, look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and wander the streets of Easton Town Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Columbus online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Akron to Columbus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati — 6 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Museum of the US Air Force and Room Escape Games. Change things up with these side-trips from Cincinnati: Lanier Mansion State Historic Site (in Madison), Sharon Woods (in Sharonville) and Carillon Historical Park (in Dayton). Next up on the itinerary: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Krohn Conservatory, get a new perspective on nature at Cincinnati Museum Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cincinnati trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Cincinnati takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cincinnati can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Room Escape Games and The Miller House and Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Indianapolis: Linden Depot Museum (in Linden), Lafayette (Haan Museum Sculpture Garden & Haan Museum of Indiana Art) and Seiberling Mansion (in Kokomo). The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, pause for some photo ops at 9-11 Memorial, make a trip to Monument Circle, and get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Indianapolis tour planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 7 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy Museum of Science and Industry and Lincoln Park Zoo. Change things up with a short trip to Lilacia Park in Lombard (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, walk around Millennium Park, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In December in Chicago, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Branson.
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Branson — 6 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.
Attractions like Silver Dollar City and Titanic Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Branson's surroundings by going to Springfield (Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, Room Escape Games, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, deepen your understanding at College of the Ozarks, and look for all kinds of wild species at National Tiger Sanctuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Branson online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Chicago to Branson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Branson: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kansas City.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kansas City: Park Place (in Leawood) and Overland Park (Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens & Korean War Veterans Memorial). Next up on the itinerary: get advice or help at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kansas City trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Branson to Kansas City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Kansas City are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 6 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Attractions like Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in Saint Charles (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, get curious at Myseum, stroll around Forest Park, and see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis online itinerary builder.

Fly from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Ely.
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Ely — 2 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails and then get a dose of the wild on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at The Pebble Spa Co., hike along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and then see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ely day trip site.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Ely in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in January: high temperatures in Ely hover around 16°F and lows are around -4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 6 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.
Attractions like Room Escape Games and Lake of the Isles make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Wild Mountain Ski, Snowboarding & Wild Chutes Snow Tubing (in Taylors Falls) and Pleasant Valley Orchard (in Shafer). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Central Park Ice Skating Trail, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, examine the collection at American Swedish Institute, and surround yourself with nature on Stone Arch Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Minneapolis: highs are around 24°F and lows about 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids — 4 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and Bittersweet Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Kalamazoo Valley Museum (in Kalamazoo), Portage ( Air Zoo & The Pantry On Tap Oil and Vinegar) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chippewa Nature Center, see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum, and steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip itinerary app.

Fly from Minneapolis to Grand Rapids 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 Minneapolis in January, expect Grand Rapids to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°F and 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Toledo.
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Toledo — 5 nights

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Bring the kids along to Wildwood Manor House and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Toledo: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (in Flint), Sandusky (Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden & Kalahari Waterparks) and The Henry Ford (in Dearborn). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Toledo Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Black Swamp Bird Observatory, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and view the masterpieces at Ferguson's Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Toledo trip maker.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Toledo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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