8 days in Midwest & Richmond Itinerary

8 days in Midwest & Richmond Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest & Richmond Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Branson
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Abilene
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
3
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Richmond
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Charlotte

1
night
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and then take an in-depth tour of History of Fishing Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at National Tiger Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Branson trip itinerary tool .

Charlotte to Branson is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to Branson. In December, Branson is slightly colder than Charlotte - with highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, National Tiger Sanctuary
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National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©

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Abilene

Abilene ©
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. On the 28th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Hillboro Museums, identify plant and animal life at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, and then take in the exciting artwork at Small World Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Greyhound Hall of Fame, see the interesting displays at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Center of Dickinson County.

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Traveling by car from Branson to Abilene takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Abilene when traveling from Branson in December, with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Abilene

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hillboro Museums, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Small World Gallery
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Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum ©
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge ©
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
Heritage Center of Dickinson County ©

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Field Museum and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. On your second day here, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Abilene to Chicago with the Route module. While traveling from Abilene, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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Richmond

Richmond ©
The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
On the 1st (Tue), learn about all things military at The American Civil War Museum - White House and Museum of the Confederacy, then admire the masterpieces at ARTWORKS Studios & Galleries, and then admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at U.S. Army Women's Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at US Army Quartermaster Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Keystone Tractor Works.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Richmond takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Richmond, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Richmond at 47°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums

Side Trips

Fort Lee, Keystone Tractor Works
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White House of the Confederacy ©
White House of the Confederacy
Keystone Tractor Works ©
Keystone Tractor Works
US Army Quartermaster Museum ©
US Army Quartermaster Museum

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