8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h
1
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, and have some family-friendly fun at Escape Code.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson trip itinerary builder tool .

Houston to Branson is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Branson hover around 48°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): walk around Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, then have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber, and then get your game on at Bury the Hatchet. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then get your game on at Blade & Timber.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kansas City road trip planner.

Drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Kansas City

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trips

Overland Park, Blade & Timber
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead ©
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Blade & Timber ©
Blade & Timber

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: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, and don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip site .

Getting from Kansas City to Chicago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City in December, you will find days in Chicago are a bit cooler (38°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Navy Pier ©
Navy Pier
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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