24 days in Midwest Itinerary

24 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest tour planner
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Fly
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Duluth
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Custer
— 2 nights
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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.
When in Kansas City, make a side trip to see Holladay Distillery in Weston, approximately Weston away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tom's Town Distilling Co..

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kansas City trip itinerary maker website.

Brisbane, Australia to Kansas City is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Kansas City: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Branson.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sat) at Silver Dollar City. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and get great views at College of the Ozarks.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Branson online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kansas City to Branson in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint Louis.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at City Museum, then pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch, and then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, then walk around Forest Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis tour planner.

Traveling by car from Branson to Saint Louis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Chicago — 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint Louis in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Ludington.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Ludington — 2 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 5th (Mon), experience rural life at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo, then take a pleasant ride with Stony Lake Stables, and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, then stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ludington holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Ludington due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Ludington to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.
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Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 7th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munising journey tool.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Munising takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ontonagon.
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Ontonagon — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ontonagon County Historical Museum, then explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In August in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Duluth.
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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Duluth — 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then walk around Leif Erikson Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Enger Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Congdon Park, then take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth trip maker site.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Duluth in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ontonagon to Duluth due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Custer.
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Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Needles Highway, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Duluth to Custer by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Duluth to Custer is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Custer. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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