43 days in Midwest Itinerary

43 days in Midwest Itinerary

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43 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Saint John
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Cleveland
— 3 nights
2
Columbus
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Cincinnati
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
5
Saint Louis
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Branson
— 4 nights
7
Kansas City
— 4 nights
8
Rapid City
— 3 nights
9
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
11
Milwaukee
— 3 nights
12
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Detroit
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Saint John

3
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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.
Explore Cleveland's surroundings by going to Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and Mill Creek Park (in Canfield). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleveland Metroparks, admire all the interesting features of Progressive Field, and explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cleveland sightseeing planning app .

Saint John, Canada to Cleveland is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint John to Cleveland. Traveling from Saint John in August, expect Cleveland to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cedar Point, Mill Creek Park
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The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Columbus

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.
On the 14th (Wed), get your game on at Columbus Axe Throwing, admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then explore the activities along Olentangy River Water Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Columbus trip builder website .

You can drive from Cleveland to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Columbus are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Zipline, Inniswood Metro Gardens
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Zipline
Columbus Axe Throwing ©
Columbus Axe Throwing
Room Escape Games

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nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then stroll through Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and then explore and take pictures at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Smale Riverfront Park, then admire all the interesting features of Great American Ball Park, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Houdini's Room Escape.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cincinnati online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Columbus to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape
Smale Riverfront Park ©
Smale Riverfront Park
Great American Ball Park ©
Great American Ball Park

2
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Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monument Circle, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then learn about all things military at Indiana War Memorial, and finally get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Victory Field, see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then make a trip to Central Canal, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis journey planning site .

Drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
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Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Take a break from Saint Louis with a short trip to Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, relax in the rural setting at Grant's Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis holiday planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. In August in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinckney Bend Distillery, Room Escape Games
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

4
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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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Sat) at Silver Dollar City. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Titanic Museum, test your team's savvy at Escape Code, putt your heart out at Bigfoot Fun Park, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
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Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kansas City: Bury the Hatchet (in Overland Park), Holladay Distillery (in Weston) and Topeka (Evel Knievel Museum & Kansas State Capitol Building). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, browse the collection at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber, and stroll through Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kansas City online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Independence, Topeka, Overland Park, Blade & Timber, Holladay Distillery
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Evel Knievel Museum ©
Evel Knievel Museum
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Room Escape Games

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Iron Mountain Road, & more), Badlands National Park (in Interior) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rapid City day trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kansas City to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Rapid City. In September, Rapid City is slightly colder than Kansas City - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Square Lake Park (in Stillwater), Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis day trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Minneapolis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Minneapolis. In September in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Extreme Sandbox, Munsinger Gardens, Mall of America, Square Lake Park, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:
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Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes

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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at International Crane Foundation, then immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Minneapolis to Wisconsin Dells in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Baraboo, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Mr Marvel's Wondertorium ©
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium
Zipline

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milwaukee: Road America (in Elkhart Lake) and Bookworm Gardens (in Sheboygan). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilica of St. Josaphat, steep yourself in history at Pabst Mansion, explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, and examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee online attractions planner .

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Road America, Bookworm Gardens, Atwater Park & Beach
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Bookworm Gardens ©
Bookworm Gardens
Road America ©
Road America
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chicago vacation builder app .

Traveling by train from Milwaukee to Chicago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chicago are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at Decode Ann Arbor, hike along Parker Mill Park, and then head outdoors with Miami Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Detroit day trip site .

You can fly from Chicago to Detroit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. September in Detroit sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Outdoors Museums Transportation

Side Trips

Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Riverside Kayak Connection
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Parker Mill Park ©
Parker Mill Park
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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