60 days in Midwest Itinerary

60 days in Midwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Midwest attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Branson
— 4 nights
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Kansas City
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
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Cleveland
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 5 nights
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Drive to Milwaukee, Ferry to Muskegon, Drive to Ludington
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Ludington
— 4 nights
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 4 nights
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Branson

— 4 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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Silver Dollar City, contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and indulge your taste buds at VIP Tours of Branson.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Branson planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Branson is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Branson reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Theme Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Kansas City

— 4 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.
Take a break from Kansas City with a short trip to Holladay Distillery in Weston, about 36 minutes away. 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, learn insider's secrets on Barley Bus Tours, and contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

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

Getting from Branson to Kansas City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. July in Kansas City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Saint Louis

— 5 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: Zipline (in New Florence), Springfield (Lincoln Memorial Garden & Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum) and America's National Churchill Museum (in Fulton). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, get engrossed in the history at Campbell House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Saint Louis trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Saint Louis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Cleveland.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:

Cleveland

— 4 nights

Forest City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cleveland side-trips: Sandusky (Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden & Cedar Point), Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (in Akron) and Warther Museum (in Dover). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, make a trip to Heinen's Downtown, and try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino.

Make your Cleveland itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Cleveland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, walk around Millennium Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chicago journey planner.

Fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

Wisconsin Dells

— 5 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wisconsin Dells: EAA Aviation Museum (in Oshkosh), Green Circle Trail (in Stevens Point) and Madison (Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Memorial Union Terrace). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells holiday maker.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in July, Wisconsin Dells is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

Ludington

— 4 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (in Grand Rapids) and Stony Lake Stables (in New Era). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fifth Avenue Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Wisconsin Dells to Ludington takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ludington can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Traverse City

— 5 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor), Depot Beach (in Charlevoix) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, trek along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and head outdoors with True Blue Charters.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City itinerary app.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, and kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Munising travel route planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Ontonagon

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Ontonagon: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Houghton County Historical Museum Complex (in Lake Linden).

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Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Duluth

— 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Gooseberry Falls State Park (in Two Harbors), Soudan Underground Mine (in Soudan) and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves (in Bayfield). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, and view the masterpieces at Lake Superior Art Glass.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Duluth route maker.

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, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Duluth to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Custer is known for nature, scenic drive, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, make a trip to Brule, delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Custer driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Custer: highs are around 29°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28: