31 days in Midwest & Denver Itinerary

31 days in Midwest & Denver Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denver
— 6 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago O'Hare
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Saint Louis

— 2 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, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, walk around Forest Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and examine the collection at City Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis online trip planner.

Orlando to Saint Louis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Saint Louis. In August, Saint Louis is little chillier than Orlando - with highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Branson

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Wed), cool off at Silver Dollar City. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, then take in nature's colorful creations at College of the Ozarks, and finally deepen your understanding at Titanic Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Branson tour website.

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 August, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Denver

— 6 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain (in Cascade), Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Emerald Lake Trail) and Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver day trip tool.

Fly from Branson to Denver in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Branson to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Branson in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Custer is known for nature, scenic drive, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planner.

You can fly from Denver to Custer in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Custer is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in August, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Minneapolis

— 5 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Step out of Minneapolis with an excursion to Munsinger Gardens in Saint Cloud--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online vacation builder.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Minneapolis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, you will find days in Minneapolis are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are a bit warmer (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ontonagon trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Ontonagon in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, Ontonagon is slightly colder than Minneapolis - with highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Presque Isle Park, &more). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Chapel Rock and Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising trip planner.

Drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, find something for the whole family at Navy Pier, stroll around Millennium Park, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chicago travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Chicago. In August, Chicago is somewhat warmer than Munising - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then stroll around Rocky River Reservation.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip builder site.

Fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Cleveland sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks