8 days in Missouri Itinerary

8 days in Missouri Itinerary

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8 days in Missouri Itinerary

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

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Missouri Botanical Garden, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District, and then identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis driving holiday tool .

Chicago to Saint Louis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hannibal.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Charles Historic District, Sachs Butterfly House
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St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District
Saint Louis Art Museum ©
Saint Louis Art Museum
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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Hannibal

Hannibal ©
Hannibal is a city in Marion and Ralls counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Rockcliffe Mansion, pause for some photo ops at Tom Sawyer' Statue, then contemplate the long history of Mark Twain Boyhood Home, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hannibal online holiday builder .

Getting from Saint Louis to Hannibal by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. In July in Hannibal, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jefferson City.

Things to do in Hannibal

Parks Nature Museums
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Rockcliffe Mansion ©
Rockcliffe Mansion
Mark Twain Boyhood Home ©
Mark Twain Boyhood Home
Tom Sawyer' Statue ©
Tom Sawyer' Statue

1
night
Jefferson City

Jefferson City
Jefferson City is the capital of the State of Missouri and the fifteenth most populous city in the state. On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, then hike along Katy Trail State Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Missouri State Capitol, and finally contemplate the long history of Missouri State Penitentiary.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jefferson City trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Hannibal to Jefferson City takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Jefferson City are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Jefferson City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Katy Trail State Park
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Missouri State Capitol
Missouri State Capitol
Missouri State Penitentiary ©
Missouri State Penitentiary
Jefferson Landing State Historic Site ©

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then get lost in a book at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Christ - Temple Lot.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kansas City trip maker app .

Getting from Jefferson City to Kansas City by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Independence
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Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and National Tiger Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Moonshine Beach. Go for a jaunt from Branson to Lampe to see Dogwood Canyon Nature Park about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, hike along Talking Rocks Cavern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wilderness Chapel, and have some family-friendly fun at Buster's Old Time Photos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Branson tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Branson, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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