7 days in Midwest Itinerary

7 days in Midwest Itinerary

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7 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Keystone trip planning website .

Newark to Keystone is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Keystone is minus 2 hours. In July, Keystone is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore and take pictures at Missouri Botanical Garden, stroll through Saint Louis Zoo, and then get lost in a book at Central Public Library. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, examine the collection at City Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip builder site .

Fly from Keystone to Saint Louis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Keystone in July; daily highs in Saint Louis reach 89°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you will find days in Chicago are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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