50 days in Midwest Itinerary

50 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Milwaukee
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Milwaukee
— 7 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Saint Louis
— 6 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 5 nights
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Kansas City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cincinnati
— 5 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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South Bend
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Ely
— 1 night
Drive to Range Regional Airport, Fly to Armidale

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Milwaukee

— 7 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milwaukee: Madison (University of Wisconsin Geology Museum & Olbrich Botanical Gardens), Spas (in Lake Geneva) and Portage WWII History Museum (in Portage). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum, stop by Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, and admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Milwaukee trip itinerary planning app.

Armidale, Australia to Milwaukee is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. March in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Springfield.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 19:

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Children's Discovery Museum (in Normal), Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours) (in Hannibal). There's much more to do: get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

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You can fly from Milwaukee to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milwaukee in March: highs in Springfield hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:

Saint Louis

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Louis: Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven) and The National Churchill Museum (in Fulton). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, take an in-depth tour of Missouri Civil War Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis road trip tool.

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:

Branson

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Branson: Springfield (Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium & NRA National Sporting Arms Museum). There's lots more to do: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, cast your line with a fishing tour, get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Before you visit Branson, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Saint Louis to Branson by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Kansas City

— 5 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: Topeka (Kansas Children's Discovery Center & Evel Knievel Museum) and Weston (The National Silk Art Museum & Pirtle Winery). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, gain insight at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kansas City trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

Cincinnati

— 5 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cincinnati: Columbus (Central Ohio Fire Museum & Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum), Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force) and Indianapolis (Children's Museum of Indianapolis & Rhythm! Discovery Center). There's still lots to do: gain some tasty knowledge on Cincy Brew Bus, examine the collection at Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, explore and take pictures at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cincinnati route app.

You can fly from Kansas City to Cincinnati in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Cincinnati due to the time zone difference. In April in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, laugh and play at Navy Pier, and admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cincinnati in April: highs in Chicago hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to South Bend.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:

South Bend

— 1 night
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. On the 21st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the South Bend online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Chicago to South Bend in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in South Bend are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

Minneapolis

— 6 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Leinie Lodge (in Chippewa Falls) and Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (in Rochester). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis route planner.

Traveling by flight from South Bend to Minneapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 bit cooler weather when traveling from South Bend in April: highs in Minneapolis hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 27:

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 28th (Thu), head outdoors with White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in April; daily highs in Ely reach 8°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28: