9 days in Missouri Itinerary

9 days in Missouri Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Missouri holiday maker

Make it your trip
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Gateway Arch and Saint Louis Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Louis: Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview) and Onondaga Cave (in Leasburg). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at City Museum, look for gifts at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier, explore the engaging exhibits at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, and walk around Forest Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis attractions tool.

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-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. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Branson

— 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.
Family-friendly places like Silver Dollar City and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a splash at White Water, and identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Branson trip planning app.

Drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Branson sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then examine the collection at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, then examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, and then steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kansas City route site.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 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) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Missouri travel guide

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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.