8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Start: Knoxville
Fly:  4 h
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Knoxville

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, walk around Millennium Park, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, thenenjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip tool.

Knoxville to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Knoxville in October: highs in Chicago hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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 11th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, thenget engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kansas City vacation maker.

Fly from Chicago to Kansas City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: highs in Kansas City hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 12th (Mon), get great views at College of the Ozarks, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, thenget engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and finally get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): make a splash at Silver Dollar City.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Branson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Branson sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and stroll around Forest Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary site.

Getting from Branson to Saint Louis by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum

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