9 days in Midwest Itinerary

9 days in Midwest Itinerary

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9 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Detroit
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: New York City

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 19th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch and then get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis day trip tool .

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Code, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Silver Dollar City.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Branson trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Branson sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Arcade City ©
Arcade City

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Wrigley Field. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Branson to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
On the 26th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Grand Rapids takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids is 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Rapids when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
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Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Room Escape Games

1
night
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally explore and take pictures at Comerica Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Detroit day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Detroit are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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