8 days in Missouri Itinerary

8 days in Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Missouri trip planner

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Kansas City
— 1 night
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


Kansas City

— 1 night

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 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial and then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Pirtle Winery, explore the world behind art at The National Silk Art Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Holladay Distillery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kansas City online itinerary planner.

Austin to Kansas City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Austin in October; daily highs in Kansas City reach 71°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

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Saint Louis

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Saint Louis is known for museums, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and stroll through The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis day trip planner.

Getting from Kansas City to Saint Louis by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip


— 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, deepen your understanding at College of the Ozarks, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Branson online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Branson, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Tours · Theme Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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.