9 days in Missouri Itinerary

9 days in Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Missouri vacation planner

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Kansas City
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Saint Louis
— 3 nights


Kansas City

— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kansas City: Weston (Holladay Distillery & Pirtle Winery). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, learn insider's secrets on Barley Bus Tours, see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and grab your bike and head to Little Blue Trace Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kansas City trip itinerary maker.

Detroit to Kansas City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in September, with highs in Kansas City at 83°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips


— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: awaken your taste buds at VIP Tours of Branson, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and make a splash at Silver Dollar City.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Branson itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kansas City to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Saint Louis

— 3 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, explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Louis journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Branson to Saint Louis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Missouri travel guide

Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.