20 days in Midwest Itinerary

20 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
South Bend
— 1 night
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
3
Branson
— 3 nights
4
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
5
Springfield
— 3 nights
6
Mason City
— 2 nights
7
Detroit
— 3 nights

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South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the South Bend trip itinerary maker app.

Wilkes-Barre to South Bend is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elkhart
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
Ruthmere ©
Ruthmere

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cantigny Park and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Clement Church, get curious at Field Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from South Bend to Chicago in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from South Bend to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from South Bend in September, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, Wheaton
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum and Veterans Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Branson: NRA National Sporting Arms Museum (in Springfield), Mansfield Cemetery (in Mansfield) and Gay Perdita Sinclair Station Route 66 Memorabalia (in Ash Grove). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wilderness Chapel and take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Branson online tour planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mansfield, NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Gay Perdita Sinclair Station Route 66 Memorabalia
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church ©
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum ©

3
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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: Lewis & Clark State Historic Site (in Hartford), Fort de Chartes (in Prairie du Rocher) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, contemplate the long history of Scott Field Heritage Air Park, make a trip to The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis trip planning app.

Getting from Branson to Saint Louis by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, St. Charles Historic District, Fort de Chartes, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Fort de Chartes ©
Fort de Chartes
St. Charles Historic District ©
St. Charles Historic District

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dana-Thomas House and Lincolns New Salem State Park. You'll explore and learn at Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, and identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Saint Louis to Springfield in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Lincolns New Salem State Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

2
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Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Historic Park Inn Hotel, thensteep yourself in history at Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District, and finally steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Floyd County Historical Society Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at LIttle Brown Church in the Vale.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mason City road trip site.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Mason City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, Mason City is a bit cooler than Springfield - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Floyd County Historical Society Museum, LIttle Brown Church in the Vale
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum
Historic Park Inn Hotel ©
Historic Park Inn Hotel
Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District ©

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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Old St. Mary's Church are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Henry Ford and Detroit Institute of Arts. Step out of Detroit to go to Rochester Hills and see Yates Cider Mill, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Detroit tour itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mason City to Detroit. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mason City to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Detroit when traveling from Mason City in September, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yates Cider Mill, The Henry Ford, St. Florian Catholic Church
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

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