8 days in Missouri Itinerary

8 days in Missouri Itinerary

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8 days in Missouri Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h
1
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saint Joseph
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Jefferson City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum and Veterans Memorial Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore World's Largest Toy Museum and Ralph Foster Museum. Step out of Branson to go to Mansfield and see Mansfield Cemetery, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, don't miss a visit to The Copper Coin, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Branson road trip planning site .

Houston to Branson is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Houston in March, plan for little chillier days in Branson, with highs around 58°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mansfield, National Tiger Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Veterans Memorial Museum ©
Veterans Memorial Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum, get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Christ - Temple Lot.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Independence
Highlights from your plan
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial

2
nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Conception Abbey, examine the collection at Andrew County Museum and Historical Society, then explore the world behind art at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of Walter Cronkite Memorial. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Patee House Museum, examine the collection at Pony Express Museum, then examine the collection at Glore Psychiatric Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Funeral Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Saint Joseph takes an hour. Traveling from Kansas City in March, plan for little chillier nights in Saint Joseph, with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jefferson City.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Andrew County Museum and Historical Society, Conception Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Patee House Museum ©
Patee House Museum
Pony Express Museum ©
Pony Express Museum
Glore Psychiatric Museum ©
Glore Psychiatric Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Missouri State Museum, steep yourself in history at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, then get a sense of history and politics at Missouri State Capitol, then contemplate the long history of Missouri State Penitentiary, and finally take an in-depth tour of Missouri State Penitentiary Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jefferson City trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Saint Joseph to Jefferson City in 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Jefferson City are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Jefferson City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Missouri State Penitentiary ©
Missouri State Penitentiary
Missouri State Capitol
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson Landing State Historic Site ©

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 23rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, see the interesting displays at City Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, then explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis journey planner.

Traveling by car from Jefferson City to Saint Louis takes 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Charles Historic District
Highlights from your plan
Saint Louis Art Museum ©
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

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