60 days in Midwest Itinerary

60 days in Midwest Itinerary

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60 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Dayton
Drive:  1 h
1
Cincinnati
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Indianapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Fort Wayne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Chicago
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Saint Louis
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Branson
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Kansas City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Omaha
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Ann Arbor
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Cleveland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Columbus
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
End: Dayton

4
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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cincinnati: Miami Valley Gaming (in Lebanon), Western Southern Open (in Mason) and Dayton (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force & Carillon Historical Park). There's lots more to do: partake in some friendly competition at Houdini's Room Escape, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculata Church, stroll through Smale Riverfront Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cincinnati tour builder website .

Dayton to Cincinnati is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cincinnati can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dayton, Miami Valley Gaming, Western Southern Open
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Indianapolis side-trips: Bloomington (Pate Hollow Trail & Indiana University), Exotic Feline Rescue Center (in Centerpoint) and Noblesville (morse lake Indiana & Strawtown Koteewi Park and The Taylor Center of Natural History). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, and see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Indianapolis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Indianapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bloomington, Nashville, Noblesville, Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Find places to stay May 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

4
nights
Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. Explore Fort Wayne's surroundings by going to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (in Auburn), Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site (in Rome City) and Dr. James Ford Historic Home (in Wabash). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at Room to Escape, explore and take pictures at Salomon Farm Park, examine the collection at Early Ford V-8 Foundation & Museum, and meet the residents at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Wayne online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Fort Wayne sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Auburn, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Dr. James Ford Historic Home
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Room to Escape ©
Room to Escape
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum ©
Allen County Public Library ©
Allen County Public Library

7
nights
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, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago vacation planning app .

Traveling by flight from Fort Wayne to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Wayne to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond
Find places to stay May 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

5
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area (in Chester), lake of the woods county park (in Mahomet) and Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Rees Memorial Carillon, and admire the landmark architecture of Elijah Iles House.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Urbana, Lake Lou Yaeger, Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area, lake of the woods county park
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

4
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Louis Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and browse the collection at Central Public Library.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint Louis holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

5
nights
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 31st (Fri) at Silver Dollar City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary, and get great views at College of the Ozarks.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Branson online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Branson sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Table Rock Lake, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, National Tiger Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

5
nights
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 Kansas City's surroundings by going to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site (in Olathe), Bingham Waggoner Estate (in Independence) and Queen's Pantry Teas (in Leavenworth). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Kansas City, get lost in a book at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and explore and take pictures at Children's Mercy Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kansas City trip planning app .

Getting from Branson to Kansas City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Overland Park, Independence, Children's Mercy Park, Queen's Pantry Teas, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Room Escape Games

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Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of American Speed (in Lincoln), Hitchcock Nature Center (in Honey Creek) and Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Henry Doorly Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Omaha journey maker .

You can drive from Kansas City to Omaha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kansas City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Omaha. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Museum of American Speed, Hitchcock Nature Center, Holy Family Shrine, Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs

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Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Michigan State University (in East Lansing), West Bloomfield (Drake Sports Park & West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail) and Toledo (Toledo Museum of Art & Oak Openings Preserve Metropark). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at EpIQ Escapes, don't miss a visit to Grand River Creative Corridor, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ann Arbor online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Omaha to Ann Arbor takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Ann Arbor. Traveling from Omaha in June, things will get slightly colder in Ann Arbor: highs are around 79°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Detroit, West Bloomfield, Toledo, Dearborn, Michigan State University
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Toledo Museum of Art ©
Toledo Museum of Art

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cleveland: St Dominic Catholic Church (in Shaker Heights), Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and Mill Creek Park (in Canfield). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, get a taste of the local shopping with West Side Market, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Ann Arbor to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ann Arbor in June since evenings lows in Cleveland dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Youngstown, Bay Lanes Bowling, Cedar Point, St Dominic Catholic Church
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rockbridge (Zipline & Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve), Logan (Ash Cave & Rockhouse) and Dawes Arboretum (in Newark). Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Columbus Axe Throwing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Joseph Cathedral, delve into the lush surroundings at Wayne National Forest, and admire the natural beauty at Inniswood Metro Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Columbus attractions planning site .

Getting from Cleveland to Columbus by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cleveland in June: highs in Columbus hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Logan, Rockbridge, Wayne National Forest, Inniswood Metro Gardens, Dawes Arboretum
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Columbus Axe Throwing ©
Columbus Axe Throwing
Room Escape Games

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