8 days in Louisville & Missouri Itinerary

8 days in Louisville & Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Reeds Spring
— 1 night
Drive to Springfield Branson National Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport



— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Louisville driving holiday planner.

Dallas to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, Louisville is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Citygarden.

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You can drive from Louisville to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Kansas City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Union Station, learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kansas City road trip tool.

Drive from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Reeds Spring.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Reeds Spring

— 1 night
Reeds Spring is a city in Stone County, Missouri, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): cool off at Silver Dollar City. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks, then get your game on at Buster's Old Time Photos, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and finally explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Reeds Spring driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kansas City to Reeds Spring in 3.5 hours. August in Reeds Spring sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reeds Spring

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Missouri travel guide

Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.