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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then stroll the grounds of Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip builder website.

Dallas to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Louisville is 1 hour. In August, Louisville is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch. On your second day here, 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 make a trip to Citygarden.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis vacation planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Union Station, brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kansas City road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Kansas City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up 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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a splash at Silver Dollar City. On the next day, get great views at College of the Ozarks, have some family-friendly fun at TNT Old Time Photo, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and finally explore the activities along Table Rock Lake.

Before you visit Reeds Spring, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Kansas City to Reeds Spring in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Reeds Spring are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.