55 days in Midwest Itinerary

55 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest travel route planner

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Dayton
— 4 nights
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Columbus
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
— 4 nights
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Branson
— 4 nights
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Kansas City
— 4 nights
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Custer
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Green Bay
— 5 nights
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 4 nights
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Detroit
— 5 nights
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Cleveland
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Dayton

— 4 nights

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dayton: Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery), Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield) and Balloon Rides (in Lebanon). Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Kings Island. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, stroll around Carriage Hill MetroPark, and stop by Esther Price Fine Chocolates.

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Philadelphia to Dayton is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Columbus.

Things to do in Dayton

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Columbus

— 4 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Columbus: Portsmouth Floodwall Mural (in Portsmouth), Rockhouse (in Logan) and Rockbridge (Zipline & Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve). There's much more to do: sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus, walk around Smale Riverfront Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Columbus trip itinerary site.

Drive from Dayton to Columbus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Columbus, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: Springfield (Lincoln Home National Historic Site & Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and experience rural life at Grant’s Farm.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip app.

Getting from Columbus to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Branson

— 4 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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Silver Dollar City, get in on the family fun at Arcade City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Branson trip itinerary maker.

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 in Branson, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 4 nights

City of Fountains

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kansas City side-trips: Weston (Holladay Distillery & Pirtle Winery). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, gain some tasty knowledge on Barley Bus Tours, and explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City road trip planning app.

Drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Kansas City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Custer.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer

— 5 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Big Thunder Gold Mine, Rushmore Tramway Adventures, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, and appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Custer travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Custer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Custer: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Badlands National Park to go to Interior and see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: cruise along Loop Road, trek along Notch Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Badlands National Park is somewhat warmer than Custer - with highs of 91°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Chicago

— 7 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

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

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Green Bay.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Green Bay

— 5 nights

Home of the Packers

Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Get out of town with these interesting Green Bay side-trips: Wisconsin Maritime Museum (in Manitowoc), Sturgeon Bay (Cave Point County Park & The Farm) and Whistling Straits Golf Course - Straits and Irish (in Kohler). There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Road America, do a tasting at Lautenbach's Orchard Country, see the interesting displays at Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bookworm Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Green Bay online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Green Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Green Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie

— 4 nights
Sault Ste. Venture out of the city with trips to Mackinaw City (Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse & Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park), Mackinac Bridge (in Saint Ignace) and Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls State Park & Tahquamenon Falls). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, make a trip to Soo Locks, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sault Ste. Marie trip planner.

Traveling by car from Green Bay to Sault Ste. Marie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Green Bay to Sault Ste. Marie. In August, daytime highs in Sault Ste. Marie are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Detroit.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Detroit

— 5 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Norma Stark Memory Garden and Labyrinth (in Perrysburg), Toledo (National Museum of the Great Lakes, The HandleBar Toledo, &more) and Sea Breeze Charters (in Oak Harbor). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, explore the galleries of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Detroit tour planning tool.

Fly from Sault Ste. Marie to Detroit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Detroit is a bit warmer than Sault Ste. Marie - with highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Mill Creek Park (in Canfield), The Farm at Walnut Creek (in Sugarcreek) and Sandusky (Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden & Cedar Point). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, walk around Rocky River Reservation, and explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cleveland online trip builder.

You can fly from Detroit to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips