9 days in Midwest Itinerary

9 days in Midwest Itinerary

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1
Saint Louis
— 1 night
2
Branson
— 2 nights
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
4
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
5
Detroit
— 1 night

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch and then have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, thenmeet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum

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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, thenget in on the family fun at Arcade City, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Escape Code, and finally browse the exhibits of Titanic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): find something for the whole family at Silver Dollar City.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Branson day trip planning app.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Branson are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
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.
Attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, see where the action happens at Wrigley Field, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Chicago holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Chicago sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, thenmeet the residents at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Chicago to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Grand Rapids. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Highlights from your plan
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Room Escape Games

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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.
On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, thensee the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, thenadmire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally see where the action happens at Comerica Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit online travel route planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Detroit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Comerica Park ©
Comerica Park

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